'You gotta make them laugh'

By PHILIP EIL  |  July 24, 2013

WHAT DO YOU LEARN ABOUT THE U.S. BY TRAVELING AROUND THE COUNTRY TELLING JOKES? A lot. I can’t tell you how much I feel that . . . the Real Time show I do on Friday night would suffer if I didn’t travel the country, because I’m trying to talk about the country. How can you talk about the country if you don’t see it? If you don’t talk to people? People recognize me and then they talk to me. When you travel you can’t avoid that. And I don’t even try to avoid that. I enjoy it. I was walking around Greenwich Village in New York last night talking to people right on street corners. It was fun.

The other thing I’ll tell you is that it makes it very annoying whenever you hear Tea [Party] people say, “I want my country back,” because as someone who sees this country up close and personal almost every weekend, I can promise you your country has not gone anywhere. It’s the same Kentucky Fried place it always was. And I don’t know what they’re talking about.

Of course, they said that 10 minutes after Obama was inaugurated. It suddenly went from “Morning in America” to Night of the Living Dead. So I don’t think it’s based on anything real. But it really annoys me every time I hear that “I want my country back.”

I wish Obama had transformed this place, but unfortunately he hasn’t. It’s still people driving to the mall and buying stupid shit and stuffing their faces and taking stupid pictures of each other. Nothing has changed, except of course the economy is way better under The Socialist.

You can learn more about the Newport Summer Comedy Series at newportcomedy.com. Follow Bill at billmaher.com and on Twitter at @billmaher.

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