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The New New Rules: A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,083 Ratings  ·  363 Reviews
From bestselling author and host of HBO's Real Time, Bill Maher's new book of political riffs serves up a savagely funny set of rules for preserving sanity in an insane world A follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to healthcare, from Republican ag ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by Blue Rider Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 04, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: blog
A collection of "New Rules" (brief and sarcastic commentaries on the idiocy of pop culture and the oxygen thieves who drive it) and essays from his closing segment on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, The New New Rules has some obscenely hysterical and politically incorrect moments, as well as enough Sarah Palin slams to keep me smiling for a week. I give Maher credit for doing exactly what a lot of politicians should be doing right now: sticking to his convictions and calling things as he sees t ...more
I decided to make mini fruit skewers for the office potluck tomorrow, so, being the multi-tasker that I am, I decided to listen to an audiobook while I shoved sharp sticks through unsuspecting and defenseless fruit pieces. It was kind of an apt activity, listening to this particular audiobook, because there was pretty much nobody that Bill skipped taking a jab at.

Yeah, yeah... It's bedtime. Whatever, Grammar Cat.

Anyway, Bill Maher is a funny, irreverent fucking guy. I don't agree with everythi
May 16, 2012 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought Bill Maher was funny. I liked POLITICALLY INCORRECT and RELIGULOUS. So I downloaded this audiobook from my library. I listened to about 30 minutes of it and died of boredom.

Bill Maher's circa-2004 jokes (Lindsay Lohan is a drunk coke-head, Britney Spears is a slutty trampy hookery whore, Andy Dick is a disgusting spaz, George W. Bush is a man-child, etc) are just are so predictable and unfunny that you kinda feel sorry for the guy. The rest just come across as an old man shaking his ca
Tim Niland
Nov 26, 2011 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Comedian and commentator Bill Maher takes snippets from the commentaries from his HBO program and adds them to short vignettes about life in the modern United States and comes up with a very funny and occasionally thought provoking book. In the New Rules segment at the end of each television program, he adds humorous editorials on popular culture and American politics, and many of the more recent ones are included here. The order is alphabetical by topic rather than chronological by date, which ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Velma rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tea Baggers & bathroom readers
Recommended to Velma by: borrowed from Zach
I'm not sure Maher likes women much, and he's a bit fixated on his junk, but this chinese-food of humor (you know: yummy, but you're hungry again an hour after ingesting) is entertaining as all get-out, and I'd totally be Tweeting these piths if I didn't think I'd receive a cease-and-desist from Maher's stable of attorneys.

Like it's predecessor, The New Rules, this one is structured as a set of Maher's humorous observations about modern life. This smart, acidic, and hilariously off-color collec
Dec 20, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it
It case it isn't really obvious, if you don't like politically incorrect humor then you should not read this book. The book is a combination of short "new rules," jokes, some new and some that have appeared on Real Time, and the longer essays (a page and a half or so) that Bill uses to close the show at the end of the New Rules segment each week. I always thought the longer segments were the best part of the show, and seeing them here reinforces that. The short New Rules are sometimes laugh-out- ...more
Dec 10, 2011 Traci rated it really liked it
You have to say one thing for Bill Maher: the man speaks his mind and makes no apologies for doing so.

If you're not familiar with the sometimes-caustic, liberal host of HBO's Real Time, then you most likely picked up this book by mistake. I used to watch Maher when his show was still on "regular" television, before he spoke up about something, got everyone's panties in a twist, and had to go back to HBO. Yes, that should tell you something right there: he used to be on cable, moved to late-nigh
Aug 15, 2012 Kerrie rated it really liked it
It's Bill Maher, so expect lots of crass jokes about porn, masturbation, marriage, and of course the incisive comments about religion and politics. I haven't listened to the Real Time podcast for nearly a year now due to my iPod dying (and not buying another one) so this was a welcome fix. These "new rules" extend back to 2005, some were not used for the show, but many were familiar. The revisits of some of his longer commentaries at the end of the episode had me nodding my head all over again. ...more
Andrew Krafick-Wittman
Mar 29, 2015 Andrew Krafick-Wittman rated it really liked it
New Rule: Now that I have to sit and write a book report about Bill Maher's "New, New Rules" I think someone should write the report on why I dropped out of high school

Bill Maher has a funny look at the world around us. Maher is a comedian and hosts a political talk show called "Real Time: Bill Maher" On HBO. He is multi nominated for the Primetime Emmy award and Won the Primetime Emmy award in 2013. Maher is known for his controversial views and not being afraid to bring reality to topics many
*3.5 STARS*

I watch "Real Time", so I thought that this would be a good way to pass a few hours and fulfill a non-fiction requirement I had for a challenge. I listened to this on audio and I think that it made the book for me, because I needed Bill Maher's interpretation of the written words to really make this come alive for me. I don't think it would have been as good without that.

This book was covering from the years of 2005 to about 2012, so the news is "old". But thing that was striking was
Indika De Silva
Apr 24, 2014 Indika De Silva rated it really liked it
I found the following book refreshingly funny. Bill Maher's social observations and humor specially American related commentaries are quite remarkable.

His wit is quite remarkable. The way he makes statements or New Rules at heads of states, politicians, religious figureheads etc is quite fascinating and brave I might add. Had he been my home country; he would have been white vanned a long time ago... (If you know what I mean.)

If you are into social observation, humor, political humor this book i
Paul Dinger
Dec 04, 2011 Paul Dinger rated it did not like it
I love the show Real Time with Bill Maher. I have watched the show since it started. However, I have found that in the last few years a certian angry cyncism has crept in. This cyncism is best exemplified by the title, "How Everyone but me has their head up their ass". The trap of sarcasm is that while it is funny to poke your noses at everyone, it isn't when you never shine that light on yourself. The first New Rules had a leavening of self awareness to it, this book doesn't. It is simply a tir ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be kind of stupid for me to rate this book seriously because I was always going to love it. So instead, enjoy a few of my Top Ten New New Rules, in no particular order(#5 is my favorite):

1)If you're an adult and you go to the Justin Bieber movie by yourslef and you're not a film critic, you have to reigster as a sex offender.

2)Bristol and Levi have to get back together. Come on, you two. You made the baby, fell out of love, and now it's act three of every horrible Katherine Heigl movie
Jan 26, 2012 Angel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Maher fans, people who like commentary on current affairs
Mr. Maher is definitely in top shape with this book. Now, a few out there may say he is too cynical, but let us be honest: the man says what needs to be said regardless of who gets offended. If as a society, we took a lot of his advice, things would probably be a lot better, but that would require people to get off their couches, get the big sticks out of their asses, and actually do something. At the end of the day, much of this is common sense, or it would seem common sense if people still had ...more
As a comic, I used to be able to take or leave Bill Maher. I will say that over time, he has grown on me, especially with his views on political issues. He as an amazing way of making what is absurd and really damn sad about our country something to laugh at. Hell, it is so bad these days, the only thing that we have left that won't get taxed or taken away is to laugh.

This book is great! It is in nicely organized bite size chunks, so it can be easily picked up and read in brief intervals as time
Apr 21, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
I really underestimated what Bill personally brings to New Rules. Watching him deliver these lines--especially the editorials--on HBO is wayyyyy funnier than reading this book, at least for me.

There was a time when he seemed to get just a little too smug and a little too self-satisfied; it made me wince. And he really does need to retire the lame arts and crafts portion of his show. But I never stopped watching him. When times got very bleak--seriously, Bush twice? Not to mention present circums
Oct 05, 2015 Bradley rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Finished reading "The New New Rules" by Bill Maher. In this follow-up to 2005's "The New Rules," Maher shares highlights from the famous segment on his show "Real Time With Bill Maher." This collection of commentaries and essays spans the years 2005 through 2011 and covers topics including the final George W. Bush presidential years, Barack Obama's first term, the Wall Street financial crisis, and various entertainment and pop culture icons. Maher's unique brand of partisan humor is incredibly w ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Bill Maher, you'll enjoy new, new rules anecdotes. 9 of 10 stars
Kelly  Schuknecht
Mar 09, 2014 Kelly Schuknecht rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
I did not really know who Bill Maher was before I picked this book. I mean, I knew of him vaguely - enough to say he was in news/politics, but that was about it. I picked this book because I have been on a humor audiobook kick for a while now. I liked the satirical humor of Denis Leary in Why We Suck, and I thought this book might be similar, but it was not.

Although I have been reading humor books lately, I really appreciate books that challenge me in some way. I have found that humor books ofte
Dec 26, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
Oh my lord, I laughed out loud so many times while listening to this in the car--probably as many times as when I listened to Denis Leary's "Why We Suck." Bill Maher cracks me up, and I don't care if he's an arrogant asshole. At least he knows he is. And he is really smart about stuff that too many people are really dumb about. That subtitle is hilarious.
Apr 26, 2013 Missy rated it liked it
I love Bill Maher, but the new new rules weren't new. It was mostly bits from his show over the past few years. If it had been brand new to me, which it will be for many of it's readers, I would've given it 4 stars. As always, the points he made were smart, witty, and saturated w/ that great quality of sarcasm.
Kelly Johnston
Mar 23, 2012 Kelly Johnston rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book. On several occasions, it made me laugh out loud. I don't read a lot of comedy, and consider this great literature (duh), but comedy is an important aspect of my mental well-being, and I don't consider it worthwhile, if I don't laugh out loud. So it passes that test with flying colors.
Jan 11, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Some of the rules will make you think. Others will make your blood boil. The vast majority of them will make you laugh.

Warning: do not read too many passages at once or you'll risk wetting your pants.

Highly recommended for left leaning liberals.
Ann A
Mar 13, 2016 Ann A rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, humor, essays
Yes, Bill is a little crude and pompous (although I forgive his pomposity, because he is first and foremost a comedian - and he's smart). I laughed out loud several times while reading this book AND I agree with just about everything he says.
John Johnson
Apr 27, 2016 John Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
New Rule: If you publish a book as an author, you should actually write the book. If your book is a collection of jokes written by people you paid to write them, then you have to publish it that way: The New Rules: A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass, collected by Bill Maher.

This book was not what I expected; a book with paragraphs that formed chapters and led to some conclusion. No, this is a collection of jokes, some of which were presented by Bill Maher on his tel
Arturo Rivas
Jun 02, 2015 Arturo Rivas rated it liked it
By the time i read this book it was painfuly dated, but i still got most of its references (im old too) A good read if you are in late 30s and/or remember most of its bush-era refernces.
Jan 22, 2016 Shannon rated it liked it
Listening to this on the plane and elliptical made me laugh, which is great given the discomfort of those circumstances. :) While some of his jokes turn me off, I appreciate his political voice in these times of overwhelming civic apathy. One example:
"Here are some numbers. Infant mortality rate: America ranks forty-eighth in the world. Overall health: seventy-second. Freedom of the press: forty-fourth. Literacy: fifty-fifth. . .We had six years to fix the voting machines; couldn't get that don
Jul 26, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Matt
Shelves: 2012
Bill Mahr is not afraid to say the politically incorrect things we think! Loved the book for it's smartass humor and political/social commentary.
Jan 02, 2014 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though we don't always see eye to eye on every topic, I still appreciate the candor and humor he employs while making his point.
Feb 08, 2012 Erica rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I agree with almost everything Maher says. He's just SUCH an insufferable db when he says it.
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William Maher, Jr., is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He hosted the late-night television talk show Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central and ABC, and is currently the host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. On June 1, 2006, he also began hosting an Internet-exclusive talk show on entitled Amazon Fishbowl.

Maher is known for his political satire and sociopolitical
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“New Rule: If you can force a woman to look at a sonogram—to see what will happen if she has an abortion—you also have to let her see a crying baby, a bratty five-year-old, and a surly teenager to see what will happen if she doesn’t. And you have to tell her it costs $204,000 to raise it until it turns eighteen, in 2028, where it will be a slave to the Chinese, in a radioactive world with no animals, fish, or plants.” 22 likes
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