Bill Maher was back on set tonight with his first brand new episode of Real time since April, when the WGA strike shut down all late-night television. As he pointed out, since his last show there have been 91 criminal complaints against Trump, four indictments and one mugshot.
The show’s writers are also back, and Maher is very grateful to them, as he explained in an extremely brief aside about a third of the way through the show. Certainly he was willing to break the strike so he could start filming his show again, and yes, he said on his podcast that industry writers aren’t “owed a living from anyone” and that their strike was “ill-timed “came. but he didn’t mean it like that. And even if so, who cares? They get back to work, no harm, no foul.
Especially not when Ron DeSantis, a fellow anti-woke campaigner, appeared as his first major guest after the circular firing squad of irrelevance that was the most recent Republican primary debate.
The back and forth with DeSantis was the usual mix of “Why are you arguing with Mickey Mouse?” and “Why did you support election deniers?” with a lot of uncontrolled lies about his record and reputation scattered throughout until the interview became what felt like the first meeting of the anti-vaxxer club in the Los Angeles area.
A bromance blossomed before our eyes. Maher gushed about how DeSantis was always the “best at COVID,” and Ron blushed and nodded, knowing that discussing vaccines would lead them down the path to further consensus.
Maybe Maher was once good at interviews. Perhaps he could blame the lengthy “break” for our inability to do so, but the session was flat, boring and uninteresting – as well as extremely frustrating from the perspective of anyone who doesn’t really believe we were intentionally in the Were misled or something like that. Liberal “indoctrination” is taking place in our children’s schools. At least it was short.
Later in the show, after Maher casually mentioned that America “acts as if there is a racial disadvantage,” he finally shared his straightforward thoughts on the matter in the company of his two other white guests — Mary Katharine Ham and Sam Harris Barbie Movie.
Ultimately, Maher’s “New Rules” was better received than anything else on the show – a part for which the writers are responsible. The same writers he was willing to give up on not long ago. What was completely clear is that without the authors Real time is nothing. Bill Maher would be reduced to a day-drunk ex-hippie sitting in an Applebee’s at lunchtime and musing to the bored staff that vaccines are the real pandemic.
At one point in his conclusion, Maher mentioned that “perception becomes reality” as it relates to Joe Biden’s incompetence based solely on his age, and it immediately became clear that this man who claimed that Trump looked “sturdy” Sexism, racism, etc. The fact that ageism is “a thing of the past” and that the striking writers who were so critical of his show didn’t deserve his solidarity has not the slightest clue about perception or reality.