The last time I saw Bill Maher perform live was at the Winspear Opera House more than five years ago. “Your new theater isn’t gonna be clean for long,” he joked, before letting loose on dumbass politicians, especially Sarah Palin. (My review of that show, where I quoted his epithets against Palin and called him — favorably — “the most dangerous person in comedy” — galvanized the right wing … and send web traffic for my piece sky high.) I’m an unapologetic devotee of his HBO series Real Time, because even when I don’t agree with him, he makes audiences think more than any other comedian on the planet.
So to say I am excited — nay, elated — to see that he will return for a live show is muted only by the fact that it won’t happen until Jan. 22, 2017 — well past the current election cycle. On the other hand, it will occur immediate after the inauguration of the next president (whoever she may be), so you know he’ll be primed for politics.
This time he won’t be performing in the 2,200-seat Winspear, but the 3,700-seat Music Hall at Fair Park. That’s a huge venue for a comedian, but even Red State Texas knows the liberals will turn out for it. So get your tickets sooner rather than later — they go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Here’s the link. And I’ll see you there.