A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass
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An Excerpt from The New New Rules
New Rule: People who read a book’s foreword are anal. Especially this book’s foreword. It’s a joke book. What am I supposed to say? “Enjoy”? “Don’t spill your Mr Pibb”? “Careful not to get a paper cut”? If you need a pep talk or some insight from me before diving in, maybe you’re not ready for word books. Maybe you should stick to the kind of books that have pictures you can color.
Okay, I’m sorry. It’s more than just a joke book, and I’m glad you took a moment to check in with me before proceeding. What you’re holding is a collection of hundreds of my favorite New Rules and essays, some performed on the show and many others never before seen on TV—not because they suck, but for a variety of reasons, like: (a) it’s a particularly filthy, dirty, potty-mouthed rule about fetish porn or edible panties or rhinoceros scrotums, and that week there was someone on our panel who would be appalled by it, like a congressman from a conservative district, or a clergyman. Or, you know, a woman.
Or (b) it might have been a terrific New Rule, but that week we had other good ones on the same subject. Although we have our share of viewers who are news junkies, I treat the show that we do live on Friday night as a catch-up show for those who might not have had the time during the week to see the news, because they work hard, have hobbies, or forgot to use birth control a couple of times in the ’90s. So I try to cover as many of the important subjects as possible, either in the monologue, with the guests, or in the New Rules, and so it’s survival of the fittest by topic. Or (c) sometimes I read my writers’ New Rules submissions completely baked and just picked the wrong ones.
As for the essays—or what we call our “editorial”—which are the much longer final New Rules that conclude the show: I can’t lie, there are no new ones here; they were all done on the air. But, I must immodestly say, I think a lot of them bear repeating. They take three minutes to read on air, but I spend six or eight hours over the course of the week writing and editing them to get a show-ender that, I hope, both makes a unique point and does so in a funny way. It’s the part of the show I’m most proud of and that I don’t think you can see anywhere else on television. So please don’t read this part of the book on the toilet or you’ll break my heart. And please know I’m not one of these celebrities who puts out a book every year or so to try and cash in on my fans’ love and loyalty. That’s what my line of meat marinades is for. And my Real Time, Real Smooth scented personal lubricant, now available at Walgreens.
From The New New Rules by Bill Maher. Published by arrangement with Putnam, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright 2011.
A follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The New Rules, Bill Maher’s The New New Rules delivers yet another series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to healthcare, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.
He’s got plenty of subjects to choose from. With another presidential campaign on the horizon and a stellar cast of real-life characters to have fun with (e.g. “New Rule: If Charlie Sheen’s home life means he can’t have a TV show, then I say Newt Gingrich can’t be president”), this enlightening and hysterical book may be the best thing you read all year.
Softcover Book : pages
Publisher: Penguin Putnam, Inc. ( November 01, 2011 )
Item #: 13-498656
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.92inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I've seen enough of this idiots"s opinions on television for free, sure wouldn't waste one red penny to buy a book of his. He is also anti christian, which by the way is his choice , but he needs to keep his opinions and stupidity to himself. He just doesn't deserve a star at all.
Reviewer: Pat B
If we can't laugh at today's headlines and the current state of affairs-political, religious, economic, and the sorry state of just being ourselves-we would certainly cry. Maher makes us laugh, and often out loud in spite of our personal feelings.
An absolute democrat tool.
Reviewer: A L
This is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. It made me laugh out loud more times then I can count. Delightful book and well worth reading......really makes you think.
I am interested in what Bill has to say, but when I received his book, his "crude" language caused me to want to send the book back. I don't want to expose myself to his foul language. Why can't he write his opinions without using words which have nothing to do with his thoughts? Bill, I hope you listen to others for a change. Do you ever read reviews of your books?