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Sat May 1, 2021, 12:15 AM

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - 4/30/21

Monologue: Old Malarkey



Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including President Biden's address to a joint session of Congress.




Ben Sheehan on "Court Packing"



"OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?" author Ben Sheehan joins Bill to discuss the historical precedents for changing the number of justices on the Supreme Court.




Giuliani Time



Nancy MacLean and Thomas Frank join Bill to discuss the FBI investigation of former NYC mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.




New Rule: Crypto Mania!



In his editorial New Rule, Bill explores the global cryptocurrency craze and the threat it poses to our economy and the environment.


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Reply Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - 4/30/21 (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 May 1 OP
Hoyt May 1 #1
Rhiannon12866 May 1 #2
diverdownjt May 1 #3
Hoyt May 1 #4
Rhiannon12866 May 1 #8
UTUSN May 1 #5
Rhiannon12866 May 1 #9
Auggie May 1 #6
Rhiannon12866 May 1 #7
smirkymonkey May 1 #10
Rhiannon12866 May 1 #12
smirkymonkey May 2 #13
Rhiannon12866 May 2 #14
smirkymonkey May 2 #15
Rhiannon12866 May 2 #16
Uncle Joe May 1 #11
Rhiannon12866 May 2 #17

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 12:37 AM

1. Thought it was another good/interesting show, as unpopular as that may be.

Iím about ready for Killer Mike to come back as a quest, though.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #1)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:20 AM

2. Agreed! I really liked all the guests he had this week

I wasn't necessarily familiar with all of them, but I thought the discussions were particularly timely and informational this time around. And there was humor, my favorite aspect of the show.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #1)

Sat May 1, 2021, 07:25 AM

3. Better writing than I have seen in a while...

he seemed more into it again...like everything this past year...the show wasn't funny anymore...
This was like his old self again...I guess when the world is insane even humor is affected...it just seemed
a little brighter on the show last night...does that make any sense?

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Response to diverdownjt (Reply #3)

Sat May 1, 2021, 10:36 AM

4. I agree. Even during the past few "studio" shows he was flat.

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Response to diverdownjt (Reply #3)

Sat May 1, 2021, 05:14 PM

8. I agree, too, seemed more like the old shows - with humor

Even though they were discussing some pretty serious issues. Bill wasn't happy broadcasting from home, but being back in the studio has made a big difference, especially having a live audience - even smaller and spread out. Humor is back and that's the best thing.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:09 PM

5. K&R

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #5)

Sat May 1, 2021, 06:50 PM

9. Thanks!

It was a good show last night, seems to be getting back to "normal" in the past couple of weeks.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 02:06 PM

6. Great show ...

This one checked all the boxes -- monologue, interview guest, panel discussion, comedy segment, New Rules.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #6)

Sat May 1, 2021, 04:08 PM

7. I thought it was a really good show as well - for the very same reasons

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 07:16 PM

10. Thanks Rhiannon!

I actually liked this show (at least what I saw in your post) and especially appreciated the bit at the end about Cryptocurrency. Very interesting and informative (liked that it was in layman's terms, as I have always suspected that it was a total scam).

Hope all is going well with you!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #10)

Sat May 1, 2021, 10:30 PM

12. Thanks so much, my friend!

I agree that this was another good show, last week's was good, too - no RW guests and some relevant and informative discussion - and some humor, too. I'm thinking this probably reflects the improved mood of the country.

And I'm hanging in there, the weather is improving here, despite a nasty surprise snowstorm a week ago! And it's staying light later which is always a good thing, especially for me.

But my best news this week was that I managed to talk my agoraphobic brother into getting his first vaccination shot yesterday! I've been talking to him about it forever and he may have finally just wanted me to shut up! They opened the state run clinic to walk-ins as of Thursday and I saw that as the perfect opportunity - and it's very close, at the local mall in the huge old Sears store. He got Pfizer shot #1 yesterday, has an appointment in 3 weeks for #2 which I have no doubt he'll show up for, he's like that. It was extremely busy there which is encouraging and the nice thing for me was that they gave me a sticker, too, when they gave my brother one. I was disappointed I never got one!

Hoping things are going well for you in your neck-of-the-woods - is the puppy still with you?

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #12)

Sun May 2, 2021, 12:00 AM

13. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well and that your brother finally got

his shot. It must be a great relief for you! It feels like we will be out of the worst of this soon. I am looking forward to doing a little travelling, just around New England and New York. It will be nice, as I really haven't left my neighborhood in a year!

The pupper left on Sunday. She was so happy to see my sister and her two oldest kids! It was so cute to see the reunion! I miss her a lot, but I am happy to have my freedom back in a way. I adore her, but getting up at 7am to walk her and then walking her 5 times a day was a little rough on me when I am not used to it. It was good for me though. I felt so much better getting out and getting exercise and fresh air!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #13)

Sun May 2, 2021, 12:20 AM

14. It was definitely a big relief, though I think he was just tired of me bringing it up

And it didn't hurt that it was so close, less than a mile away. I was pretty impressed with their operation, numerous check-in tables and tables where they were giving shots, plus a whole sea of chairs for waiting the 15 minutes. I had a chat with the guy wiping down chairs who got his vaccine as long ago as I did - before the state run and county clinics - and he told be about the impressive numbers showing up which is very good news!

It sure sounds that you did a good job with the pup and it sounded like she was good for you, too. I've always taken my previous dogs for walks, but my Jack is not a fan, he keeps sitting down and I end up carrying him back. And we both could really use it! At least with the better weather he's going out more, he's also not a fan of weather and I think he was intimidated being surrounded by walls of snow in the area cleared for him. I couldn't believe it when it started coming down again last week - there was enough that a neighbor even built a small snowman!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #14)

Sun May 2, 2021, 12:26 AM

15. You did good, Rhiannon!

The result was the important thing. I hope he will get his second shot soon when he is due! On the whole, I think we are doing pretty well here in the northeast!

Yes, the pupper and I were good for each other, but I don't know if I would have one if I didn't have a yard where I could just let them out. As much as I love her, getting out of bed that early to go out for a walk was just painful for me. I am so not a morning person!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #15)

Sun May 2, 2021, 01:07 AM

16. His shot #2 is in three weeks and my brother is also somewhat OCD

I called him today to see how he was - he's just fine - and he's concerned that the card they gave him said his appointment is at 3pm while the email he got says 3:45. I told him that since they take walk-ins, he shouldn't sweat it, but that's what he does. That's one thing about this clinic that was different than mine (CVS), they asked all sorts of medical questions, he went through 3 different points to finally get the shot, with the waiting afterwards I'm guessing we were there for at least an hour. When I got mine, I walked in, stopped at a table to check in and proceeded immediately to get the shot, I'm guessing I was in and out in 20 minutes. My friend suggested it's because this was run by the state?

And it is tough when your dog requires walks, but if it's your dog, they get used to your schedule. My dog sometimes needs to go out at odd hours, but he doesn't spend long out there, comes right back in. I guess he's not used to decent weather yet, he hated the snow, especially.


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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 08:05 PM

11. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread Rhiannon.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #11)

Sun May 2, 2021, 04:20 AM

17. Thanks, Uncle Joe!

Looks like this change in administration has not only increased a positive outlook in this country, but has brought a brighter outlook and more humor back to the show.

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