Bill Maher | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Bill Maher 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Political humorist Bill Maher is less soapboxy than predecessor George Carlin and more caustic than TV peers Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, he dispatches bullshit in accusatory tones, but his boyish grin and jolly eyebrows send a "well, I don't really know either" message, a concession that distinguishes him from the army of media pundits who pretend to have answers. Ultimately too brash for network TV--ABC canned his Politically Incorrect after he disagreed with Bush that the 9/11 terrorists were "cowardly"--Maher fully exploits HBO's relaxed approach to censorship. On the show, he finished one quip about the government's weaselly explanations for rising gas prices by pricking organized religion: "If I want to be dicked around, exploited, and have my intelligence insulted, I'll go to church." Sat 6/24, 8 PM, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont, 847-671-5100 or 312-559-1212, $42.50-$55.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
October 02
Galleries & Museums
August 20

Popular Stories