When others shy away, Bill Maher runs towards controversy, fearlessly calling out assholes everywhere: politicians, extremists, corporations, you name it. (See Religulous if you haven't already.) So it's unsurprising that last week's criticism regarding Boston police as "unprofessional" (after firing on a boat harboring bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev) caused quite a bit of heat. But this is what Maher lives for—causing sparks with his commentary, then calming the fire with intelligent debate. Catch his stand-up act at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach this week, where the host of HBO's Real Time with Bob Maher will no doubt raise tempers and provoke passions—but not as much as he'll make everyone laugh about the maddening ways of the world.
Sat., May 11, 8 p.m., 2013