Superbowl Socialism

This short film narrated by Bill Maher points out some salient facts on the eve of the Superbowl.

Using graphics blended against the audio version of a monologue from HBO’s Real Time, it points out a valuable economic lesson in just over 2 minutes.

Notice how the light hearted, comedic vibe is a highly effective tool at communicating serious facts and opinion.

It is an irony that ‘liberal’ Europe’s brand of football hugely favours the rich clubs, whilst ‘capitalist America’ has a much more egalitarian sporting model.

Wouldn’t it be great if this screened during the half-time spot alongside the Ferris Bueller Honda ad?

Intriguingly, Maher’s words are a reverse of George Carlin‘s famous routine about the differences between American football and Baseball:

I’m sure there are more points to be raised (e.g. revenue sharing), so feel free to leave them in the comments below.

N.B. Do any sports writers reading this want to compare Barcelona (a club owned by the fans) to the Green Bay Packers (the only community-owned franchise in American professional sport)? I think there’s an interesting article in there.

> Real Time with Bill Maher
> Buy Maher’s book New Rules on paperback or audiobook from Amazon
> More on Superbowl XLVI at Wikipedia

Amusing TV

Bill Maher and Jane Lynch perform Weinergate

Bill Maher and Jane Lynch last night staged a dramatic reading of Anthony Weiner‘s now infamous Facebook conversations.

For those not familiar, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner recently confessed that was involved in lewd online exchanges with random people on the internet.

On HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host and Lynch read out one of Weiner’s Facebook exchanges verbatim and the results were predictably funny (although definitely NSFW):

(Click here to watch the video if the above one is pulled down)

> HBO Real Time
> More on the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal

Interesting TV

Brad Pitt on Real Time with Bill Maher

Brad Pitt was on Real Time with Bill Maher recently where he talked about Inglourious Basterds, his philanthropic efforts in New Orleansreligion, weed and angry Republicans.

Here it is in two parts.

N.B. Don’t be surprised if HBO yank this off YouTube soon.


UK Trailer: Religulous

This is the UK trailer for Religulous, Bill Maher’s documentary about religion. 

It opens here on Friday 3rd April.

> Official UK site
> More about Bill Maher at Wikipedia


Trailer: Real Time with Bill Maher

A trailer for the new series of the HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher.

Can a British TV executive please bring this to UK screens?