A Jujamcyn Theatre
245 West 52nd Street
Created, Written, and Performed by Bill Maher
Eric Krebs, Jonathan Reinis, CTM Productions,
Anne Strickland Squadron, Michael Viner,
David and Adam Friedson, Allen Spivak/Larry Magid,
and M. Kilburg Reedy
Executive Producer, Sheila Griffiths
Scenic and Lighting Design, Peter R. Feuchtwanger
Sound Design, Jill B. C. DuBoff
Production Supervisor, PRF Productions
Press Representative, Bill Evans & Associates
May 4, 2003
|Photo by Charles William Bush/Design by Fraver
Bill Maher calls himself a comedian. Bill has appeared on late night television, Las Vegas, sitcoms, his own Comedy Central
show, Politically Incorrect, which moved to ABC, and ended after a long 9 year run in 2002. Bill is also a novelist
and has, in addition, compiled a book of 33 posters for the war on terror, which are inspired by the old World War II Posters
from the 40's. His stand-up routine, set against large projections of these poignant and wry posters, was a touring show
in the fall of 2002 and is now a Broadway show. Maher grew up in New Jersey and resides in Los Angeles.
If I were to retell Maher's jokes, I would ruin the surprise element and not be as sharp and perfectly timed as Maher is
and always was. Suffice it to say I have always been a huge fan of Bill Maher, who sees through political spin and relationship
pretenses and is so quick-witted and amazingly intelligent and articulate, with an endearing and adorable quality, that he
can tell a joke in the first five minutes and then extrapolate its essence and allude to it over and over, in different ways,
as the show progresses. Maher is a genius! This Sunday matinee performance just flew, as he took aim at the entire Bush
family, oil executives, Republicans, Democrats, Catholic priests, Congress, the Clintons, Arab jewelers, Al Quaeda, the middle
class, scientology, prostitutes, pop culture, drug dealers, race car drivers, Islam, virgins in the afterlife, marital fantasies,
being single, Cuba, and God. Maher is not irreverent. Maher is illustrative and invigorating. He kept the intellectual
energy flowing, like a dance of the mind.
After the show, which is performed with very few props and the creative posters as backdrop, the audience is invited to
ask questions from 4 different microphones. Maher was respectful but ready with his one-liners, which were slightly longer
than the 3-word political slogans he showcased in his act. This was a receptive and responsive audience. We loved Bill Maher,
and he seemed to genuinely like to entertain and enlighten us.
I do not know how long this show will run, so get your ticket quickly for Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home!!