Sunday, August 17, 2014

Take Bill Maher’s Guests on Your Vacation

 by Catherine Giordano

Bill Maher has had some recent guests on his show Real Time with Bill Maher who are the kind of people you’d like to take on vacation with you. They would be great company and it would be non-stop laughter. If they have a previous engagement that keeps them from joining you, take their books instead.  

 by Catherine Giordano

Take Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) on vacation with you. Chris is a comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, podcaster, television host for @Midnight on Comedy Central (and Talking Bad and Taking Dead).
 
Chris is founder of Nerdist Industries, a company dedicated to creating multi-platform content for Nerds. He takes nerdism to the ultimate level.
 
He has a lot of manic energy, but he’s so funny, so delightful, so affable, you won’t want to put the book down. Chris calls himself a "creative obsessive."  If Chris is a nerd, bring on the nerds. It’s time to party on.   

  
 
 
John Waters recently returned from a vacation of sort. He hitch-hiked across the United States. Three thousand miles of hitch hiking might not be my idea of fun, but reading about John’s adventures certainly is. John Waters is a film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, art collector, and author of Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. John stuck his thumb out in front of his house and traveled across the country—it took him 21 rides and nine days. Waters said, “You can’t get too comfortable. It hurts your street cred.”  Waters also said, “Hitchhiking is like phone sex. The more you talk, the further he’ll take you. I’m sure John was delight company for the people who gave him rides as he will be for you when you read his book.
 
 
 
Another guest was Sandra Tsing Loh, a writer, actress, and radio personality who is the author of The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones and  Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!  She was a whirlwind of energy as she ranted about the situation of women in mid-life. Her raging hormones make her a diva of high voltage humor about women in mid-life going trough menopause. Get yourself a frozen margarita and hang on for dear life when you spend some time with Sandra’s book.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a great vacation even if it is only a staycation.
 

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bill Maher #327 Headline Predictions

by Catherine Giordano

Royal Baby Prince George Walks
Headline: Royal Baby Does Something Every Baby Does

Real Time with Bill Maher, episode 327, which aired on August 1, 2014 was the last show before the August vacation.  It’s Maher’s traditional for the last show before he leaves for vacation to a segment about the headlines we might see while the show is on hiatus. Here are the headlines Maher predicted:
Mass Illness on Carnival Cruise Liner
Royal Baby Does Something Every Baby Does, World is Blown Away
Gun Accident Claims Life of Exactly the Kind of person You’d Expect
Scientists Discover Mice Have Been Bullshitting Them for Decades
Maylasian Airlines Lands One
That Thing the NSA Says It Doesn’t Do, It Does
In 5-4 Decision Supreme Court Rules Female Orgasm “Unconstitutional”
NFL Season Begins. Americans Realize How Much Soccer Blows
GM Recalls Three Remaining Cars

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Here’s the YouTube video of the segment.

 

 
I decided to try making up some of my own:
Shark-Wrestling
Not really Putin,

 
Shirtless Putin Wrestles Shark
 Obama Neglects to Say “God Bless You” When Boehner Sneezes 
Tea Party Candidate Punches Out GOP Opponent in Brawl over Primary Results
 
Why not make up a few of your own?  Put them in the comments section. Give it a try. You can do it. I'm not particularly clever and I came up with three in three minutes.

See my full review and recap  of episode 327: Frat Party


Bill Maher’s Guests #327 August 1, 2014

Ralph Nader: political activist, former candidate (and spoiler) in the presidential election of 2000, author of several books including his latest book (with Luke Nichter)

 Andrew Ross Sorkin: journalist, financial columnist for The New York Times, co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk Box, author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves

 Reza Aslan: scholar of religion,. associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, author of several books including Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
 
Doug Heye: Eric Cantor’s deputy chief of staff for communications
 
Chris Hardwick: Comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, podcaster, television host for @Midnight on Comedy Central, author of The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Border Crossings

The House of Representatives finally took a vote on the border crisis. Two votes. Dumb and Dumber. They are so dumb, the Senate won’t even vote on them and even if they did and it somehow passed, Obama wouldn’t sign them. The whole purpose of the vote was not to do anything, but to be able to go home and say we did something. All they did was cross it off their list without actually affecting anything. 

John Boehner in fact said that the president has the authority to act on his own.  Two days after they voted to sue him for acting on his own, they tell him to go act on his own. They sure do have their signals crossed.

Bill Maher in his monologue on the August 1, 2014, #327 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher said not to worry about the law suit.  The suit has to be served and  ”just try to get a Republican to serve a black man.” He said the Republicans were acting like children and “someone needs to leave them in a hot car.”  Read the full recap and review, Frat Party.)

On the 7/25 show, #326, (Realityville) Maher did a very clever parody of the well-loved perennial best-seller book by Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go.  Maher added “and Get Kicked Out Of.”  It’s brilliant.  Watch the bit here. 

 

 
 
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Bill Maher’s Guests #327 August 1, 2014

Ralph Nader: political activist, former candidate (and spoiler) in the presidential election of 2000, author of several books including his latest book (with Luke Nichter)

Chris Hardwick: Comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, podcaster, television host for @Midnight on Comedy Central, author of The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

Andrew Ross Sorkin: journalist, financial columnist for The New York Times, co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk Box, author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves 

Reza Aslan: scholar of religion,. associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, author of several books including Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth 

Doug Heye: Eric Cantor’s deputy chief of staff for communications