Bill Maher had a little fun with Al Gore over the end of his marriage at the beginning of last night's show, but at the end of the show, as part of his "New Rules" segment, Maher produced a rant that no doubt made Gore smile (or will, if he hasn't seen it yet). Read the whole thing (or wait for the clip to appear on Maher's web site), but here's what I thought was the central quote:
"Media, could you please stop pitting the ignorant vs. the educated and
framing it as a "debate." The other day, I saw a professor from the
Union of Concerned Scientists face off against a distinguished expert on
Tea Partying, whose brilliant analysis, recently published in the New
England Journal of Grasping at Straws, was that we shouldn't teach
climate science in schools because kids find it scary. As they should. I
hope they're peeing in their pants."
TARP overseer and Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren appeared on Stephen Colbert's show on Monday night, and was both informative and funny. At the end of the interview, Colbert asks her why we need so much new regulation, "why a belt and suspenders?". Warren's answer is priceless:
Eddie Izzard, one of the funniest men I know of, also appears to be one of the toughest. He just finished running 43 marathons in seven weeks. That's six days a week running at least 27 miles per day. The total "course" was a lap of the UK over 1,100 miles long. He did it for a charity called "Sport Relief", and if you're as astounded as I am, you can donate here.
Izzard has been in several movies, and has done several hilarious standup tours, including one for HBO that is one of the funniest hours I've ever spent. One of his signature characteristics (apart from being hilarious) is that in his standup performances, he's a cross-dresser. As the linked article notes, he's probably not putting his heels on for a while, but damn, what an achievement! Bravo, Eddie!!