Yes, I have. He makes about 150 "Bush is stupid" jokes and the audience claps lovingly after each one. It gets old, IMO.
In this case, even-handed means 90-10 in favor of the Dems. Not that there's anything wrong with it. But I just don't find it funny. I fully admit that it is because I completely disagree with his viewpoints. But still, I don't enjoy watching it.
Dave Chappelle is liberal, but I like watching his show. I can appreciate liberal humor, but ultra-liberal and constant, unrelenting Bush-bashing gets old. Maher could literally just make a stupid face and say, 'Duh, I'm George Bush, ha ha ha ha" like a child and the crowd would erupt. It's like shooting fish in a barrel.
I saw the one where he had Belzer and David Frum on. I saw one with Alec Baldwin. I do like Andrew Sullivan and all and may watch snippets. But I can't make it through an entire episode of Maher. He's so impressed with himself and he tries to make jokes that are jokes but also deep insights (in his mind) that are largely just far-left cliches. The incessant claps of approval after every single liberal platitude that ANYONE utters on that show get old quick.
"Conservatives hate women!" The crowd erupts with applause, Maher blinks slowly and nods his head, not wanting to de-tract from the wieght of the hidden truth that he has humourously uncovered. "They only hate them when they're not barefoot and pregnant!" - some actor on the panel chimes in. Further eruption of the crowd, Maher laughs at first and then gets serious and addressed the token conservative, "Seriously, why do conservatives not want woment to make their own decisions regarding their medical treatment?" It's a joke.
People need entertainers that essentially preach to the choir. Conservatives have Rush and Coulter, who, even though they are equally as absurd, at least are funny in their way...which is probably what Maher's appeal is to liberals. I just don't particularly care for it...to be honest.