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Bill Maher’s Secret

Bill Maher is acerbic and offensive. He’s dry and crass, and even the people who agree with him most sometimes want to slap the smug grin off his Hollywood-elite face. Before he got his first television show in 1993, by the way, he appeared occasionally on Murder She Wrote and starred in a few B-movies. (Pizza Man was not ahead of its time.) But for a certain portion of libertarian-leaning leftists, Bill Maher speaks the truth in a way nobody else with a platform like his will. Love him or hate him, he is perhaps the left’s only effective answer to the Rush Limbaughs and Ann Coulters of the world, and he does it in the style of a 1960s Hugh Hefner. What he says makes sense to a lot of people: Pot? Legalize it. Two wars? End them. Planet Earth? Let’s not destroy it. The disgustingly rich Wall Street fucks who profited most from America’s economic woes? Tax them — or string them from a building as a warning, then tax them. But before Maher became one of the most powerful opinion makers in America today, before the documentary, before the TV shows and the movies — before all of that, Maher was a guy with a microphone standing in front of an audience. He was a standup comedian with a few things to say about how he saw the world. And no matter how successful he gets, he never stops being that standup comedian. See Maher at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Tickets start at $30. Visit
Sat., May 28, 8 p.m., 2011
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Michael J. Mooney

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