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Bill Maher is the new Susan Lucci

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 28th 2009 1:33PM
Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill MaherAll this talk of Emmy snubs has overshadowed the biggest snub, numerically speaking: Real Time host and professional Ann Coulter wrangler Bill Maher.

The man has been nominated a staggering 21 times for his late night talk shows and stand-up comedy specials and never won a single award, as many as soap star Suan Lucci's 21 (although she finally did snag one).

That number will probably keep growing since his show faces some stiff competition for a little gold statue. And despite my (and your) personal approvals and disagreements with the man's various opinions and philosophies, it's time he got something for his work.

Oh boy, I can already hear the fast and furious fingers of fury from the peanut gallery typing out angry, fiery, spittle flinging comments as I write this. Before you take up the torches and the pitchforks, hear me out.

Yes, the man can be polarizing in his opinions and does display a repugnance for very controversial things such as the institution of marriage and the legalization of drugs. His personal opinions, however, should not reflect the work he does for television. Politics has no place at the Emmys. Yeah, I chuckled a bit when I read that too.

He has also brought a seriousness and sincerity to late night television, long before groundbreakers such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, which was just a smarmy satire-less vehicle for TV pretty boy Craig Ferguson Kilborn to throw away when his ego took the wheel to his brain. He proved with his increasingly controversial shows that there is a place for about something more serious than stars' morning routines and the clip from their latest movie that they brought with them.

His hosting style alone is award-worthy since he regularly gives opposing sides their time in the spotlight before calling them on what he believes to be their BS. Sometimes, he does lay on his sincerity a little too thick when he's interviewing someone he agrees 100 percent with, but he does allow for a healthy debate that occasionally turns into mangled decibels of undecipherable gibberish. It's also clever and intentionally funny. That's more than what can be said for most of cable TV news, which is funny but more of in a milk-tanker-crashing-into-an-orphanage kind of way.

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Tony DIMeo

"As much as I love Jon Stewart, I'm tired of "The Daily Show" winning the Emmy every year. It's time for the voters to stop being so lazy and honor some of the other very deserving nominees for this award."
I could not agree more about this it is so lazy to award a show that just makes dumb jokes about politics instead of one that actually talks about them in a calm manner with multiple guests with different views. How Biased and stupid can the dumb Academy be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 10 2009 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

As much as I love Jon Stewart, I'm tired of "The Daily Show" winning the Emmy every year. It's time for the voters to stop being so lazy and honor some of the other very deserving nominees for this award.

July 29 2009 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tanman578

I'm pretty sure the Daily Show was Craig Kilborn, not Ferguson. Ferguson has talent.

July 28 2009 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

I could not be more surprised and disapointed that he never won an emmy for almost two decades of brilliant and hilarious comedy he started this political comedy long before stewart and colbert on the daily show, he so deserves to be recongized but i get the feeling he does not care about awards but regardless he should and will win this year

July 28 2009 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

At his best, Bill Maher is one of the great satirists. I've seen him tape his show many times and have also gone they day before when he does a practice run. He has a real artistry to it as well as the whit and intelligence.

July 28 2009 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rosie

At least he nominated! Ferguson should be in the emmy race. He's funnier than Letterman!

July 28 2009 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scott

"Yes, the man can be polarizing in his opinions and does display a repugnance for very controversial things such as the institution of marriage and the legalization of drugs."

I'm pretty certain he doesn't find legalizing drugs repugnant, and i'm not sure the institution of marriage is all that controversial.

...other than that, I agree with you! :)

July 28 2009 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ChrisG

Craig Kilborn, not Craig Ferguson... other than that, I agree with you. :-)

July 28 2009 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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