It seems fitting that the only people who give us interesting and truthful political commentary these days are comedians—after all, our government is a joke, our politicians even more so. Yes, thanks to the razor sharp wits of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and the granddaddy of them both, Bill Maher, Americans are probably more informed nowadays than thenadays, even if we do seem to sedate ourselves more and fight back less. Still burning up the airwaves with his Emmy-nominated Real Time show on HBO (the child of his former Politically Incorrect series), Maher has lost no momentum, and never scampered off his political ideology like that poor sap Dennis Miller when the tides in Washington turned. In addition to being a cable TV favorite who’s still able to sell out standup venues, Maher recently completed his first feature film since his days of roles in schlocky films such as Ratboy and DC Cab—although we actually liked Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, but that was probably just because of Adrienne Barbeau.
Maher’s new film, Religulous is a comedic documentary that takes aim at the self-proclaimed agnostic’s favorite subject of ridicule (hence the hybrid title), and is sure to set off a firestorm in our “advertise your God until we want to puke” times. While it certainly won’t make all those zealots stop personalizing their license plates for divinity (so that’s how you get to heaven!), it will at least give the rest of us a laugh. Heck, why not start early and check him out at this, his only Cali stop off until August. You might even decide to personalize your plate for Bill—it’ll get you just as far. (Stacy Davies)
Bill Maher at San Manuel Indian Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland, (800) 359-2464; www.sanmanuel.com. Thurs., June 12, 7:30PM, $25–$45