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Bill Maher: I'm Swiss (2005)

TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Special 30 July 2005
"I don't hate America," comedian Bill Maher declares during I'm Swiss, his seventh HBO stand-up special that was recorded in March 2005 in Portland, OR. "I love America. (But) I'm ... See full summary »

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Michael Drumm

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Bill Maher

Star:

Bill Maher
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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"I don't hate America," comedian Bill Maher declares during I'm Swiss, his seventh HBO stand-up special that was recorded in March 2005 in Portland, OR. "I love America. (But) I'm embarrassed." And there we have not only the source of the title (his discomfiture, he jokes, has led him to pretend he's from another country) but also the crux of Maher's overall presentation on this, his third DVD taken from a program that was first shown on HBO.

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30 July 2005 (USA) See more »

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Bill Maher: 'I'm Swiss' and Other Treasonous Statements See more »

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Portland, Oregon, USA

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Bill Maher: I don't hate America first. First I have my coffee. THEN I... no.
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some material recycled from 'Real Time', but mostly very, very topical & funny
17 August 2005 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

One of the things I like a lot on a stand-up comedy special is when the comedian has a kind of link or flow with the material. With "I'm Swiss" Bill Maher has a connecting thread- the Government, including domestic and foreign policies, the president, the public's own ignorance and faults, and so forth. He also makes some hilarious detours; one of the funniest things he's ever done, stand-up or otherwise, is in his own renditions of rap lyrics read out in proper, coherent (non ebonic) language. There are also some very poignant pieces on Bush, on religion, on drugs (notably marijana), which then links into homeland security. Unlike a comedian like George Carlin who may go from topics in the 'big world' in his act to things in the 'little world' like spotting the random things in life, Maher is very much a comedian of the times, on the attack but clear about his political allegiances. Even when some of the laughs aren't there (there's a few times) it's made up for in the lucid ideas and writing behind his performance. You may hear some things you've heard before on his 'Real Time' show, but if you don't watch the show though this will all be very new.


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