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Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 9:45 a.m.

Maher scoffs at faith and politics at Colonials Weekend


Political comedian Bill Maher kept the Smith Center laughing through his set. Michelle Rattinger | Senior Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Cat Barnao.

Comedian Bill Maher had a warning for all those entering the Smith Center Saturday night: “It’s going to get worse.”

“Folks, get that stick right out of your ass,” he advised at the start of his sole Colonials Weekend show. Good advice, as the political commentator famed for walking the line between sarcastic and sardonic, spared few from the sold-out audience his razor-sharp tongue.

From members of Congress “who just vote on bullshit that gets their dick hard” to average Americans he dubbed, “ill-educated fuck-ups,” no subject or personality was off-limits during Maher’s 90-minute set.

“This primary season has shown the Republican party has no bottom,” Maher jabbed.

The host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” bashed Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., as the candidate “for people who find [former Alaska Gov.] Sarah Palin too intellectual” and said if was Mitt Romney “was any slimier, you could kill him with a box of salt.”

Maher said if a poll found Romney could garner more votes as black woman, the former Massachusetts governor would change his name to Latisha. Acknowledging his liberal leanings, Maher took jabs at the Democrats but saved his choicest jabs for the GOP.

“I hope I look like I’ve been bipartisan tonight,” Maher joked.

Following through on his reputation as a sharp critic of religion, Maher also took stabs at the controversial decision to construct a mosque at Ground Zero.

“I don’t think a mosque should be built anywhere. Or a church, or a temple,” he said.

Leslie Jaffe, the mother of a student, said Maher was a “a fiesta of ideas and thinking” and that she enjoyed the show.

“I think he is an outstanding choice for a liberal arts institution,” Jaffe said.

But not all thought the comedian was the right choice for GW. Earlier this week, four campus groups, led by the Young America foundation, sent University President Steven Knapp a letter blasting the University for signing Maher on for Colonials Weekend.

Some members of the audience left the Smith Center before Maher finished his set, but it is unclear if they were protesting the show.

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