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Real Time is Getting Real Bad (Get it?)

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Our source for salty, adulterated social commentary is still available, but it's just not as entertaining as it used to be. I used to religiously watch Bill Maher bash neocons, radical liberals, and, well, religion to the point that watching him live at CBS Studios became one of the top items on my "Things to Do in L.A." list. So after waiting in line for an hour and then sitting separately from the friends who I had convinced to go with me, I was still excited to watch it live.

Sadly, the most entertaining part of the show was the highlights clip they showed us before the show started. This set of clips had appearances from several high-profile politicians and intelligent-enough celebs, so why can't he attract a worthwhile panel this season?

The issues themselves are just as comically loaded as ever, but Real Time's writing can't seem to pull the trigger. For example, while waiting (and waiting) for the show to begin, the "head writer" spent about 10 minutes clowning around trying to make us laugh - but to no avail. Why can't Bill Maher (or anyone else) do more of the writing? Why don't I laugh at the skits? Why don't I watch anymore?

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Bill Maher should take advantage of the laughs of the status quo before the Dems take Congress back in November.