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

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,650 ratings  ·  410 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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Amanda
Oct 08, 2011 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
Donald Powell
I got this book in a discount bin. It is dated but does contain some Donald Trump jokes. He is a clever comedian but usually too crass and condemning for my tastes. All good commedians find absurdities, inconsistencies and ironies. He is a master at that, particularly with uninformed, uneducated and unthinking people. A fun little read with an occasional twinge.
These Violent Delights (Robin)
I've always been a big fan of Bill Maher's HBO show: Real Time with Bill Maher and so reading this was inevitable for me. This book contains some of Bill's New Rules that didn't make it onto his show and others were some of his favorites. There were some extended New Rules in each section, and those tended to be my favorites.

Even though Bill Maher is a liberal, he isn't above admitting liberal faults. & so even though I don't consider myself a liberal, I understand and for the most part agree wi
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Becky
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
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Daniel
May 16, 2012 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
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Paul Dinger
Dec 04, 2011 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
Traci
Dec 04, 2011 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
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Velma
Jan 11, 2012 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
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Cathy
Dec 19, 2011 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
Bita
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this guy. He is so funny.
Tim
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Bill Maher, you'll enjoy new, new rules anecdotes. 9 of 10 stars
Matthew
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Listened to both of his books while working today. If you like the show, you'll like these. If you can't stand Maher...stay away.

I don't agree with everything he says and I think his smug levels reach dangerous highs, but I'm always for someone who will speak their mind despite the consequences.

I'll always choose the show over the books because I appreciate the mix of guests on his panels, but these were good substitutions.
Fishface
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one was so funny that although I borrowed it from the library, I'm going to buy myself a copy. It even made me forget for a couple of hours that someone filed a phony tax return with the IRS this year, using my name. Don't miss this one. It came out a few years ago now, but Maher accurately forecasts all the problems we are having now with the Real Estate Broker In Chief.
Emily
Nov 15, 2011 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
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Andrew Krafick-Wittman
Mar 29, 2015 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
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Angel
Jan 19, 2012 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
Jaded
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
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Cindy
Apr 20, 2012 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
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Indika De Silva
Apr 24, 2014 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
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Sassafrass
*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
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Holly
Dec 26, 2011 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.
Kelly Johnston
Mar 23, 2012 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.
Missy
Apr 22, 2012 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.
Rebecca
Jan 02, 2012 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
Feb 22, 2012 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.
Michelle
Jan 17, 2012 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.
Erica
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I agree with almost everything Maher says. He's just SUCH an insufferable db when he says it.
John
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this very funny book.
Victoria
Jan 02, 2014 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.
Arturo Rivas
Apr 16, 2015 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.
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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 Amazon.com entitled Amazon Fishbowl.

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