Every beginning comedy book will give you a test to determine if you are funny. No quiz will ever tell you if you can or will be a comedian. Everyone has the capacity to be funny. Most of these tests, that determine if you’re funny, are vague and read like a poorly constructed horoscope that could apply to anyone. What you answer to each question will only tell you if you’re more likely to be a comic.
Most of the time these quizzes look for dysfunction in your family. When they find that dysfunction, or signs of psychological distress, the quiz usually declares you’re fit to be a comic. Then, after hearing what you want to hear in the first page of the first chapter, you throw down your money and buy that book.
All the quiz really tells you is do you fit the profile of the average comedian. Do you have enough problems to make jokes out of. The big problem with the question... [Read Entire Article]
William Maher, Jr., was born January 20th, 1956. He is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer known for his ability to take on the most politically incorrect topics and his long running talk show of the same name. He was also the first comic to successfully turn AIDS into a joke.
Maher, who is a Libertarian, targets the right and left wings of politics with his political comments. He favors partial privatization of social security, ending corporate welfare, legalized gambling, legalized prostitution, and decriminalization of marijuana. He describes himself as an environmentalist and often alludes to global warming on his new political debate show the Real Time.
Maher was born in New York City into a mixed marriage. His Irish Catholic father was a news editor for NBC News. His mother was a Jewish housewife who earned a living as a nurse. Despite the mixed upbringin... [Read Entire Bio]