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4th Sep '13 4:52:33 PM MarkLungo
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A late night {{political program|mes}} that airs on {{HBO}} since 2003.

The show generally follows a rather simple pattern. It opens with Maher performing some kind of humorous monologue on different topics for around ten minutes. This is followed by him interviewing an individual for ten to fifteen minutes. The show gets into deeper political commentary when he moves onto the panel.

The panel is (normally) composed of three individuals: one liberal, one conservative and the other a WildCard who is generally an entertainer of some sorts. Panelists who don't fall into the political spectrum, such as reporters or people involved in international politics), have become more common as the show goes on.

The panel will discuss certain issues that are brought up by Maher, with him leading the discussion. Sometimes Maher will bring on a fourth guest halfway through who is almost always an entertainer promoting a new project of theirs. The show ends with a five or so minute segment called New Rules, where Maher effectively monologues on issues, with a picture and text caption to describe the issue.

The final segment of New Rules generally leads into a longer and more serious statement on the issue (or any other issue that is related).

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!!''Real Time with Bill Maher'' contains examples of:
* AnalogyBackfire: Bill mimicking sarcastic anti-government questions before answering them with a BluntYes.
-->'''Bill:''' I mean, how stupid is it when people say, ''"oh that's what we need, the federal government telling Detroit how to make cars, or Wells Fargo how to run a bank; you want them to look like the post office?"''\\
[beat]\\
'''Bill:''' [[FlatYes Yeah.]] I mean, a place that takes a little note from my hand from LA on Monday, to give it to my sister in New Jersey on Wednesday, for 42 cents? Well let me be the first to say that I would be THRILLED if America's healthcare system was anywhere near as functional as the post office.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: He originally stated that he did not believe in [[http://www.csicop.org/si/show/bill_maher_crank_and_comic/ germ-theory or vaccines]]
** [[http://www.winnipegsun.com/entertainment/tv/2009/10/28/11548266-sun.html He has more recently stated that he is not a germ-theory denier and does think that vaccines work, but does not think that many of them are necessary for people in first world countries.]]
* BaitAndSwitchComment:
-->Republicans need to stop saying BarackObama is an elitist, or looks down on rural people, and just admit you donít like him because of something he canít help, something thatís a result of the way he was born. Admit it, youíre not voting for him because heís... [[YoureJustJealous smarter than you]].
* BluntYes: See AnalogyBackfire.
* DeadpanSnarker: Well...
-->"France's voter turnout was 90%. You couldn't get 90% of [eligible] Americans to vote if the election were between 'tits,' and 'bigger tits,' and they were handing out free samples!"
* DoubleStandard: In one episode, he asked why Democrats who are caught in sex scandals are immediately disgraced, whereas Republicans caught under similar circumstances can go on with their careers as if nothing happened.
* FetishFuel: Note in-universe that Creator/ScarlettJohansson dressing as Disney/{{Cinderella}} was this.
* FreudianSlip: Occasionally.
-->'''Bill Maher, talking about the Republican Party's attitude towards BarackObama:''' "If Michelle Bachman-''if Michelle Bachman''... If Michelle ''Obama'', *laughs*, says it's good to eat vegetables and talk a walk, then I'm gonna sit in my garage with the car running and drink bacon grease out of a coffee can!"

-->'''Bill Maher, quoting Jerry Falwell, a HeteronormativeCrusader:''' "If you're a born-again Christian, you are a failure as a hu- If you're ''not'' a born-again Christian you're a failure as a human being."
* GirlOnGirlIsHot:
-->The media has to stop using gay marriage as an excuse to show hot girl-on-girl action.
* GuestHost: Not for a whole episode, mind, but Creator/SethMacFarlane ''did'' host a recent edition of Overtime.
** He himself has guest hosted Piers Morgan's show a few times.
* HitlerAteSugar: During his tirade against conservatives, who had done an utterly baffling thing in his eyes by attacking Michelle Obama for her initiative to get parents to send kids outside to play more as a way to get them to be more healthy. He responded with a deadpan comment of:
-->"Well, I mean, you know who else "sent" people places? ...Hitler."
* HollywoodAtheist: Maher can be thought of as one (generally due to his {{documentary}} ''Film/{{Religulous}}'' and his statements that religious belief is a neurological disorder), but is an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apatheism apatheist]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: The "New Rules" segments.
* HypocriticalHumor: He both loves to point this out, and do it himself.
-->'''Bill:''' When I called America a stupid country, Bill O'Reilly called me a 'pinhead', which (a) proves my point, and (b) is real smart coming from a doody-face like him!
* IfIWantedXIWouldY
* InMemoriam: Parodied with "A Farewell to Douchebags", a montage of unpopular politicians and political figures who lost during election cycles.
** Played straight with RichardJeni and ChristopherHitchens' deaths, as Bill showed montages of their previous appearances on this show and his previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He can often be crude, but even people who hate him have to concede that he at least occasionally has a point.
** One good example was when he called America a stupid country. In response to the InternetBacklash, he listed some depressing statistics. Such as [[WhatAnIdiot 18% of Americans believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth]].
* JesusWasWayCool: Religious people are one of Maher's favorite targets. It is common for him to mock conservative Christians for failing to live up to Jesus' teachings on matters such as the killing of Osama bin Laden.
* JustLikeMakingLove:
--> Our intention was good; to penetrate Iraq and bring it to a glorious euphoric climax. But it's clear now, that's not going to happen... and yet, we're still pounding away, causing the whole area to become painfully inflamed... and in that situation the kindest thing you can do is just pull out.
* OnceAnEpisode: New Rules will always occur. ALWAYS. The only exception came during the Writers' Strike.
* OppositesAttract: Fond of having Ann Coulter as a guest, who he's said is a friend of his, and it's rumored they used to date.
** A lot of this stems from him admitting that it was his old show that ended up making her famous.
* RunningGag: Face-Ripper Monkey as a politician.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the ComedyCentral[=/=]Creator/{{ABC}} program ''Politically Incorrect''.
* StrawmanPolitical: Used all the time.
* TakeThat: See above.
* ThanatosGambit: After the death of Osama Bin Laden, Bill had wondered whether America's behavior since TheWarOnTerror has been this for Bin Laden.
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A late night {{political program|mes}} that airs on {{HBO}} since 2003.

The show generally follows a rather simple pattern. It opens with Maher performing some kind of humorous monologue on different topics for around ten minutes. This is followed by him interviewing an individual for ten to fifteen minutes. The show gets into deeper political commentary when he moves onto the panel.

The panel is (normally) composed of three individuals: one liberal, one conservative and the other a WildCard who is generally an entertainer of some sorts. Panelists who don't fall into the political spectrum, such as reporters or people involved in international politics), have become more common as the show goes on.

The panel will discuss certain issues that are brought up by Maher, with him leading the discussion. Sometimes Maher will bring on a fourth guest halfway through who is almost always an entertainer promoting a new project of theirs. The show ends with a five or so minute segment called New Rules, where Maher effectively monologues on issues, with a picture and text caption to describe the issue.

The final segment of New Rules generally leads into a longer and more serious statement on the issue (or any other issue that is related).

----
!!''Real Time with Bill Maher'' contains examples of:
* AnalogyBackfire: Bill mimicking sarcastic anti-government questions before answering them with a BluntYes.
-->'''Bill:''' I mean, how stupid is it when people say, ''"oh that's what we need, the federal government telling Detroit how to make cars, or Wells Fargo how to run a bank; you want them to look like the post office?"''\\
[beat]\\
'''Bill:''' [[FlatYes Yeah.]] I mean, a place that takes a little note from my hand from LA on Monday, to give it to my sister in New Jersey on Wednesday, for 42 cents? Well let me be the first to say that I would be THRILLED if America's healthcare system was anywhere near as functional as the post office.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: He originally stated that he did not believe in [[http://www.csicop.org/si/show/bill_maher_crank_and_comic/ germ-theory or vaccines]]
** [[http://www.winnipegsun.com/entertainment/tv/2009/10/28/11548266-sun.html He has more recently stated that he is not a germ-theory denier and does think that vaccines work, but does not think that many of them are necessary for people in first world countries.]]
* BaitAndSwitchComment:
-->Republicans need to stop saying BarackObama is an elitist, or looks down on rural people, and just admit you donít like him because of something he canít help, something thatís a result of the way he was born. Admit it, youíre not voting for him because heís... [[YoureJustJealous smarter than you]].
* BluntYes: See AnalogyBackfire.
* DeadpanSnarker: Well...
-->"France's voter turnout was 90%. You couldn't get 90% of [eligible] Americans to vote if the election were between 'tits,' and 'bigger tits,' and they were handing out free samples!"
* DoubleStandard: In one episode, he asked why Democrats who are caught in sex scandals are immediately disgraced, whereas Republicans caught under similar circumstances can go on with their careers as if nothing happened.
* FetishFuel: Note in-universe that Creator/ScarlettJohansson dressing as Disney/{{Cinderella}} was this.
* FreudianSlip: Occasionally.
-->'''Bill Maher, talking about the Republican Party's attitude towards BarackObama:''' "If Michelle Bachman-''if Michelle Bachman''... If Michelle ''Obama'', *laughs*, says it's good to eat vegetables and talk a walk, then I'm gonna sit in my garage with the car running and drink bacon grease out of a coffee can!"

-->'''Bill Maher, quoting Jerry Falwell, a HeteronormativeCrusader:''' "If you're a born-again Christian, you are a failure as a hu- If you're ''not'' a born-again Christian you're a failure as a human being."
* GirlOnGirlIsHot:
-->The media has to stop using gay marriage as an excuse to show hot girl-on-girl action.
* GuestHost: Not for a whole episode, mind, but Creator/SethMacFarlane ''did'' host a recent edition of Overtime.
** He himself has guest hosted Piers Morgan's show a few times.
* HitlerAteSugar: During his tirade against conservatives, who had done an utterly baffling thing in his eyes by attacking Michelle Obama for her initiative to get parents to send kids outside to play more as a way to get them to be more healthy. He responded with a deadpan comment of:
-->"Well, I mean, you know who else "sent" people places? ...Hitler."
* HollywoodAtheist: Maher can be thought of as one (generally due to his {{documentary}} ''Film/{{Religulous}}'' and his statements that religious belief is a neurological disorder), but is an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apatheism apatheist]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: The "New Rules" segments.
* HypocriticalHumor: He both loves to point this out, and do it himself.
-->'''Bill:''' When I called America a stupid country, Bill O'Reilly called me a 'pinhead', which (a) proves my point, and (b) is real smart coming from a doody-face like him!
* IfIWantedXIWouldY
* InMemoriam: Parodied with "A Farewell to Douchebags", a montage of unpopular politicians and political figures who lost during election cycles.
** Played straight with RichardJeni and ChristopherHitchens' deaths, as Bill showed montages of their previous appearances on this show and his previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He can often be crude, but even people who hate him have to concede that he at least occasionally has a point.
** One good example was when he called America a stupid country. In response to the InternetBacklash, he listed some depressing statistics. Such as [[WhatAnIdiot 18% of Americans believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth]].
* JesusWasWayCool: Religious people are one of Maher's favorite targets. It is common for him to mock conservative Christians for failing to live up to Jesus' teachings on matters such as the killing of Osama bin Laden.
* JustLikeMakingLove:
--> Our intention was good; to penetrate Iraq and bring it to a glorious euphoric climax. But it's clear now, that's not going to happen... and yet, we're still pounding away, causing the whole area to become painfully inflamed... and in that situation the kindest thing you can do is just pull out.
* OnceAnEpisode: New Rules will always occur. ALWAYS. The only exception came during the Writers' Strike.
* OppositesAttract: Fond of having Ann Coulter as a guest, who he's said is a friend of his, and it's rumored they used to date.
** A lot of this stems from him admitting that it was his old show that ended up making her famous.
* RunningGag: Face-Ripper Monkey as a politician.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the ComedyCentral[=/=]Creator/{{ABC}} program ''Politically Incorrect''.
* StrawmanPolitical: Used all the time.
* TakeThat: See above.
* ThanatosGambit: After the death of Osama Bin Laden, Bill had wondered whether America's behavior since TheWarOnTerror has been this for Bin Laden.
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12th Jul '13 1:50:42 AM Fireblood
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* OppositesAttract: Fond of having Ann Coulter as a guest, and it's rumored they used to date.

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* OppositesAttract: Fond of having Ann Coulter as a guest, who he's said is a friend of his, and it's rumored they used to date.



* TakeThat: See above

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* TakeThat: See aboveabove.
5th Jul '13 10:52:35 AM JCCyC
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Added DiffLines:

* GirlOnGirlIsHot:
-->The media has to stop using gay marriage as an excuse to show hot girl-on-girl action.
17th Jun '13 1:33:03 PM Premonition45
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** Played straight with RichardJeni and ChristopherHitchens' deaths in 2007 and 2011, respectively, as Bill showed montages of their previous appearances on this show and his previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.

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** Played straight with RichardJeni and ChristopherHitchens' deaths in 2007 and 2011, respectively, deaths, as Bill showed montages of their previous appearances on this show and his previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.
10th Jun '13 5:00:09 PM henry42
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-->'''Bill:''' I mean, how stupid is it when people say "[[SarcasmMode oh that's what we need, the federal government telling Detroit how to make cars, or Wells Fargo how to run a bank, you want them to look like the post office?]]"\\

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-->'''Bill:''' I mean, how stupid is it when people say "[[SarcasmMode oh say, ''"oh that's what we need, the federal government telling Detroit how to make cars, or Wells Fargo how to run a bank, bank; you want them to look like the post office?]]"\\office?"''\\
10th Jun '13 4:53:17 PM henry42
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'''Bill:''' [[FlatYes Yeah.]] I mean, a place that take a little note from my hand from LA on Monday, to give it to my sister in New Jersey on Wednesday, for 42 cents? Well let me be the first to say that I would be THRILLED if America's healthcare system was anywhere near as functional as the post office.

to:

'''Bill:''' [[FlatYes Yeah.]] I mean, a place that take takes a little note from my hand from LA on Monday, to give it to my sister in New Jersey on Wednesday, for 42 cents? Well let me be the first to say that I would be THRILLED if America's healthcare system was anywhere near as functional as the post office.
29th May '13 4:09:11 PM Dylanamin
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* GuestHost: Not for a whole episode, mind, but Creator/SethMacFarlane ''did'' host a recent edition of Overtime.
** He himself has guest hosted Piers Morgan's show a few times.


Added DiffLines:

* FreudianSlip: Occasionally.
-->'''Bill Maher, talking about the Republican Party's attitude towards BarackObama:''' "If Michelle Bachman-''if Michelle Bachman''... If Michelle ''Obama'', *laughs*, says it's good to eat vegetables and talk a walk, then I'm gonna sit in my garage with the car running and drink bacon grease out of a coffee can!"

-->'''Bill Maher, quoting Jerry Falwell, a HeteronormativeCrusader:''' "If you're a born-again Christian, you are a failure as a hu- If you're ''not'' a born-again Christian you're a failure as a human being."
* GuestHost: Not for a whole episode, mind, but Creator/SethMacFarlane ''did'' host a recent edition of Overtime.
** He himself has guest hosted Piers Morgan's show a few times.
14th Apr '13 5:20:09 PM Premonition45
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** Played straight with RichardJeni and ChristopherHitchens' deaths in 2007 and 2011, respectively, as Bill showed montages of their previous appearances on this show and Maher's previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.

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** Played straight with RichardJeni and ChristopherHitchens' deaths in 2007 and 2011, respectively, as Bill showed montages of their previous appearances on this show and Maher's his previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.
14th Apr '13 9:39:17 AM Premonition45
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** Played straight after ChristopherHitchens' death in 2011, with a montage of his appearances on this show and Maher's previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.

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** Played straight after with RichardJeni and ChristopherHitchens' death deaths in 2007 and 2011, with a montage respectively, as Bill showed montages of his their previous appearances on this show and Maher's previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.
13th Apr '13 11:20:08 AM Premonition45
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* InMemoriam: Parodied with "A Farewell to Douchebags", a montage of unpopular politicians and political figures who lost during election cycles. Although played straight after ChristopherHitchens' death in 2011, with a montage of his appearances on this show and Maher's previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.

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* InMemoriam: Parodied with "A Farewell to Douchebags", a montage of unpopular politicians and political figures who lost during election cycles. Although played cycles.
** Played
straight after ChristopherHitchens' death in 2011, with a montage of his appearances on this show and Maher's previous show ''Politically Incorrect''.
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