Does Anybody Have a Problem with That?: Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits

Does Anybody Have a Problem with That?: Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits

by Bill Maher
     
 

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  • People are getting stupider.
  • The National Enquirer is always right.
  • Howard Stern should get over himself.
  • Fame is the worst drug.

    These and countless other strident assertions are contained in Does Anybody Have a Problem with That?, the collection of the greatest hits of Bill Maher's TV series, Politically Incorrect
  • Overview

  • People are getting stupider.
  • The National Enquirer is always right.
  • Howard Stern should get over himself.
  • Fame is the worst drug.

    These and countless other strident assertions are contained in Does Anybody Have a Problem with That?, the collection of the greatest hits of Bill Maher's TV series, Politically Incorrect.

    Bill Maher presides over the most opinionated show on television. Maher and his panels of pundits and pop stars tackle the really important issues, pontificating liberally and illiberally to produce funny, smart, provocative, award-winning TV. And now here's a sampling of those opinions that will guarantee to make you the hit of every cocktail party. According to Maher, Vietnam was a smart, noble war; AIDS ribbons are stupid; we should get rid of Santa Claus; inner children should grow the hell up; everything that used to be sin is now a disease; strippers get the most respect; and there's a lot of "convenient feminism." And he gives out eight "Get Over Yourself" awards to the likes of Newt Gingrich, Howard Stern, and Deion Sanders.

    Bill Maher has an opinion on everything, and he wants to share them all with you. Does anybody have a problem with that?

  • Editorial Reviews

    Library Journal
    Comedy Central channel's premier talk show, Politically Incorrect, appears to have single-handedly revived political satire on television. Acerbic host Maher supplies an eclectic assortment of guests, who are goaded into quibbling, arguing, and shouting about everything from gays in the military to violence in the media. While the television show is a refreshing breath of topnotch satire, Maher's attempt to capture the essence of individual programs in this compilation of commentaries falls short of the mark. Maher has assembled some of the program's most memorable highlights, but outside the context of the programs, his tongue-in-cheek observations seem less interesting. Still, the book provides a useful record of individual programs, broadcast dates, and guests. That, coupled with the show's popularity, would make it a reasonable purchase for most libraries.Joe J. Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago
    Ilene Cooper
    Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" program on the Comedy Channel has brought a fresh breeze of irreverence to the airwaves by firmly adopting "an attitude of disgust toward unthinking, dogmatic politics of every stripe." That attitude comes through consistently here, but the organization of the book is puzzling. In one-page segments devoted to one of the show's topics ("Impeach Clarence Thomas," "Clinton Should Sleep Around" ), the text lists the guests who discussed the subject, offers a summary of Maher's "incorrect" position on it, and concludes with a quote or two, apparently from the transcripts. Some of this proves very funny ("It turns out that all those times Woody Allen talked about masturbating, he was actually having sex with his inner child" ), but we never really have a sense of what happened on the show--what the guests said or who argued with whom. Either Maher should have just collected random funny bits or attempted to re-create the interplay on the actual shows. Still, there's plenty to laugh at here, and how could anybody have a problem with that?

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780679456278
    Publisher:
    Random House Publishing Group
    Publication date:
    05/28/1996
    Edition description:
    1 ED
    Pages:
    273
    Product dimensions:
    5.55(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.93(d)

    Read an Excerpt

    Does Anybody Have a Problem With That?"
    Excerpt - No-Children Section
    First aired 2.25.94

    Americans long ago fell in love with the concept of rights, and that includes the right to squabble over whose rights are more important, your rights or my rights. It used to be my right to smoke a cigarette anywhere I damn well pleased, but nonsmokers organized and fought and captured that flag. So, good for them. But the truth is, America causes cancer. It's in every unnatural product and process and place in our lives, so to pick out one noxious fume among the hundreds we imbibe each day probably won't change the statistics all that much. Which is fine, except if we're going to get huffy about people doing things that annoy us, let's not be so selective about it.

    Someone—let's say me—might enjoy cigarettes, but not children. Does that make me bad? I think it just makes me different, and not all that different. Plenty of people would rather have a cigarette than a child, and it's about time we stood up and demanded no-children sections just like they have no-smoking sections in restaurants and airplanes, because a screaming baby on the Continental red-eye is as hard on everybody's heart and blood pressure as two packs of Luckys. Don't make me get the statistics, because there are none, which is ridiculous. If they study the effects of secondhand smoke, they should study the effects of secondhand screaming and bratty behavior.

    They say everybody loves kids, but that's wrong. Everybody loves their own kids. I don't like your kids any more than you like my cigarettes. In fact, your kids are the reason I smoke. A parent shares their child's joy and pain; I just get the pain. And children under two years old? They act like such . . . well, babies. Like screaming and crying is really a way to solve your problems. When I see how a child under two years old is behaving, I just want to say to him, "Grow up. Just grow up." Even churches once had crying rooms, and I think we well know that the Church loves its kids—sometimes a little too much. But it only seems fair that if I can put out my cigarette, you can tell your kid to shut up. Because if you don't tell your kid to shut up, the next time, when you're not looking, I'm gonna give him a cigarette.

    Meet the Author

    Bill Maher is the host and creator of Politically Incorrect. He is also a state-of-the-art stand up comedian.

    Brief Biography

    Hometown:
    Los Angeles, California
    Date of Birth:
    January 20, 1956
    Place of Birth:
    New York, New York
    Education:
    B.A. in English, Cornell University, 1978

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