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Consistently amusing but never as sharp or as funny as you would like See more (5 total) »



Bill Maher ... Himself

Directed by
Keith Truesdell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bill Maher 

Produced by
Tom Bull .... producer
Scott Butler .... associate producer
Sandy Chanley .... executive producer
Marc Gurvitz .... executive producer
Bill Maher .... executive producer
Keith Truesdell .... producer
Production Design by
Bruce Ryan 
Art Direction by
Gage Williams 
Makeup Department
Michelle Daurio .... hair stylist
Michelle Daurio .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Dempsey .... associate director
Art Department
Holly Chasin .... logo designer
Sound Department
Jeffrey Fecteau .... audio assist (as Jeff Fecteau)
Hugh Healey .... production mixer (as Hugh Healy)
Murray Siegel .... audio assist
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Beck .... lighting director
Allen Branton .... lighting designer
Rocky Danielson .... camera operator
Matt Firestone .... lighting director
Thomas Geren .... camera operator (as Tom Geren)
Randy Gomez .... camera operator
Michael T. Goodwin .... lighting director
Larry Heider .... camera operator
Bob Highton .... camera operator
Marc Hunter .... camera operator
Mark Sanford .... video control
Tom Thompson .... gaffer
Danny Webb .... camera operator (as Daniel Webb)
Other crew
Mitchell Boyce .... utilities
Stacy Brewster .... assistant to Ms. Chanley
Tony Carey .... production executive
Scott Cohn .... production accountant
Kim Dao .... production consultant
Seth Ford-Young .... production associate
Bron Galleran .... teleprompter operator
Eric Hilburn .... production associate
Michael D. Jones .... production coordinator
Matthew Kennedy .... production secretary
Tim Kubit .... NEP maintenance engineer
Frank Linder .... head utility
Seth Mellman .... stage manager
Amy Nelson .... audience coordinator
Alicia R. Perre-Dowd .... production associate
Lori Pond .... chyron operator
Wes Quon .... tape operator
Frank Rainey .... NEP technical supervisor
Dominic V. Ruiz .... production associate
Scott Spiegel .... utilities
Danny Vermont .... announcer
Keith Winikoff .... technical director

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68 min

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Consistently amusing but never as sharp or as funny as you would like, 25 November 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Over the last year or so I have become a regular viewer of Real Time on HBO because I do like the discussion format whether I agree or not. I do of course tend to agree as I am liberal but the one consistent weakness with the show is Bill Maher himself as he tends to push his extreme points without ever defending them and often losing his own audience. This is his weakness and it is partly because he is a stand-up who is used to playing the extremes for laughs with an audience who are laughing and not taking him seriously enough to pause for long to question him. Knowing this I have caught a couple of his shows and generally I quite like them for what they are.

The same sort of feeling is true of Be More Cynical because it is not brilliant enough to rave about but it is still good enough to enjoy if you can take Bill Maher. Those familiar with him from Real Time will see this show as a solid mix of his jokes and his actual political beliefs and mostly it works pretty well. It is not often hilarious though because he cannot manage to shape his opinions into sharp and funny commentary; instead he manages to make the show into a consistently amusing discussion through his politics, flowing from subject to subject relatively easily. The problem is that this discussion is the same as his views – a bit half-developed and occasionally miles from the middle ground. This makes it harder to get drawn into the material in the way the best comedians do, because he is not forceful or convincing enough to win over those that do not 100% agree with him (which will be the majority).

It does rather come down to your opinion of Maher I suppose and one can gauge that from Real Time. If, unlike me, you see Maher as a brilliant presenter of that show then you will love this piece of stand-up. Personally I don't see it that way and, as he is being his usual self here, I cannot escape seeing the same weaknesses. Overall though it is an amusing show – never as funny or as sharp as one would hope it would be but still an amusing piece of liberal stand-up from the far left.

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