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I don't listen to quote unquote "atheist" comedians, but I suspect there are far better examples than Maher. Robin Williams didn't explicitly fit the atheist profile, but he was the first name that came to mind when I read this.
But I've always loved Robin Williams. Most notably, his appearance with Joe Biden on real-time (I assume) sometime in the 2000's.
Bill Maher is perhaps better classified as a satirist rather than a comic or comedian; his wit is sometimes sacrificed for the sake of ridicule, humour for criticism and his intellect for a cheap laugh.
My problem with him is his inconsistency he wants to be George Carlin, will settle for being Jack Benny but use childish shock when all else fails and bawls like Bernard Manning.
Or Jeff Jeffries. Funny as shit. Favorite bit (not related to atheism) is about why he doesn't like having sex with Australian girls. Or Ricky Gervais.
I did see Maher live last time he was in town. Definitely still funny (and live, he's not just centered on politics) but there is funnier out there.
I like Maher, but sometimes he's a big arrogant. It's kind of annoying when he has a guest on, and if/when that guest espouses a viewpoint opposed to Maher's, he talks over them, much like a Hannity, or Limbaugh type does. Why bother hosting opposing viewpoints if you're not going to allow the person to speak?
Is he the best at what he does? That's totally subjective, isn't it?
I like Doug Stanhope. He does some beautiful bits, like proving you don't really believe. He has a way of taking the bit just a bit over the line, bringing you home so that you redraw the line. I see bits of George Carlin-ish brilliance in his stuff.
Most of the best stand up comedians are atheist ... and even the ones who aren't are pretty shaky when it comes to religion. I would still say Jeselnik and Bo Burnam are among the most intelligent along with Jeff Ross and Lewis Black. Bill Burr claims to be catholic but only because his family would murder him if he said otherwise. He may as well be an atheist. Patton Oswalt too.
No. I wouldn’t really classify his humor as intelligent. Mike Birbiglia is 1,000 times more funny. Patton Oswalt is incredibly funny. Louis CK has some bits about religion as well.
Maher has always struck me as an elitist, condescending, douche. He reminds me of the guy that reads the back or inside cover of a book and pretends he’s now an expert on that book’s subject.