He's the guy who tells it straight, makes us look at the silly stupidity of politics and above all, give us a good laugh for our time and money. On Tuesday, Jan. 1, get the new, new rules from Bill Maher in the Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). He started his Maui tradition on New Year's Day 2012, and we can look forward to it continuing each year.
For the last 20 years, Maher has set the boundaries of where funny political talk can go on American television. First on "Politically Incorrect" (Comedy Central and ABC, 1993-2002) and for the last ten years on HBO's "Real Time," Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 27 Emmy nominations. In 2008, this same combination was magnified in Maher's uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, "Religulous," a feature-length documentary directed by Larry Charles that has gone on to become the 8th highest grossing documentary ever.
In addition to his TV show--which has regular guests such as Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington and Michael Moore--Maher has written five bestsellers: "True Story," "Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits," "When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden," "New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer" and the most recent, "The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass." Needless to say, "irreverent" is a mild description for him, but "intelligence" is the main rule.
For the last 20 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of funny political talk on American television.
Maher started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979 and still performs at least 50 dates a year in sold-out theaters across the country. Tickets to the Maui show are going fast; they're priced at $65.50 and $85.50 (plus applicable fees).
Make it a full evening and enjoy preshow dining catered by Hali'imaile General Store along with entertainment by Lily Meola and Tom Conway in the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard. For reservations, call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW or visit MauiArts.org.