Bill Maher’s trenchant comment about about the whale trainer killed at SeaWorld this week? “If people f— with animals that should be in the wild, I’m sorry when they die, but ya get what ya get.”
To which panel guest Olivia Wilde added, “If only dolphins could kill people!”
Guest Adam Carolla chimed in: “Any time someone tries to ride you, if you knock them off, you should be able to kill them; I don’t care if it’s a niece or a nephew.” Full admission: I laughed at Carolla’s line.
Less blood-thirsty was surprise guest Chris Rock, who dropped by, he said, because he was taping Wanda Sykes’ talk show nearby. It was a nice, comradely gesture, but Rock had little to add to the discussion of health care. Why should he have? He just popped in, not knowing what the subject was, just to make people happy to see a really funny guy for a few moments.
As for health care, Maher called this week’s health-care summit “total bulls—” and said that “if the Democrats can’t push [President Obama’s plan] through, they’re NBC — they’re a joke.”
Mocking Obama’s opening remarks in which the President told personal anecdotes about family members with illnesses, Maher joked that “John McCain told how he once carried a brain-dead woman through an entire campaign.”
There was a lot of genial yelling during a guest panel, most of it Maher’s, and then a lot of lousy “New Rules” jokes. In short, a typical Real Time with Bill Maher: Lots of noise, with a few funny moments.