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watching you now Dan on Maher... some of those guys look like they want to eat you for lunch.... not DL.. but the guy in the cowboy hat????

Posted by M | January 18, 2008 11:38 PM

Still, a big fat "Oh Snap" is deserved for your timing.

Posted by Brandon h | January 18, 2008 11:39 PM

why didn't you liveblog this??? who the hell is that guy in the cowboy hat??? and who the hell is that John Fund guy???

Posted by M | January 18, 2008 11:49 PM

the footage of you in South Carolina was rich.

you're such a cutie pie, Dan!

Posted by giannissima | January 18, 2008 11:51 PM

It was a pleasant surprise to find you on Real Time when I tuned in tonight. Nice presentation.

Posted by Paul In SF | January 19, 2008 12:18 AM

You rocked on the show.
The facial expressions were the best.

Posted by Joy | January 19, 2008 1:21 AM

The same poster has many clips of the show, including one with the mouth/jesus comment (It's too bad you were off screen for that one :-)

Posted by Colton | January 19, 2008 3:18 AM


Posted by laura | January 19, 2008 4:28 AM

is that panel all they can get because of the strike?

Dan was the best, and could talk.

when people were swearing my MOM would say - And you eat with that mouth? - the phrase has been around a LONG time in its versions

And for sure those nice Christians will be nice as they hang you - nice is their stock and trade.

Posted by JESUS GOMEZ | January 19, 2008 4:50 AM

The Guy in the cowboy hate is Trace Atkins, country western singer. don't know why he is on the show, but hey they have to appeal to the wide audience that watches the show!! lol

Posted by Laura | January 19, 2008 5:06 AM

Fabulous, Dan. Can't wait to watch the clips. But am I wrong for wanting you to say something harsher to the blonde Huck supporter? She IS attacking you personally even though she says she isn't. Jesus Christ!

Posted by Michigan Matt | January 19, 2008 5:54 AM

Outstanding on Maher's show last night.
You're my new hero.

Posted by jiminy | January 19, 2008 6:03 AM

Yep, as usual, Dan's the best bang for your entertainment buck. Speaking of which: Hey Dan, when can we expect to see "Savage Love - The Movie?"

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | January 19, 2008 6:26 AM

Log-rolling in our time...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 19, 2008 6:32 AM

Nice work Dan.

Posted by superyeadon | January 19, 2008 7:14 AM

DL Hughly was right. Gay Marriage and Conferderate flag is code for we will protect you from niggers and fags.

Posted by Medina | January 19, 2008 7:46 AM

i think bill maher enjoys trace adkins' gruff charm. i thought he looked like he couldn't agree with the bush or huckabee bashing or he'd get dixie chicked.

funny how he & DL agreed over golf. nouveau riche knows no race.

Posted by maxsolomon@home | January 19, 2008 8:49 AM

Mr. Atkins seemed to seethe a mixture of extreme fear coated in rage the entire time. Was that what you saw up close, Dan?

Posted by Andy Niable | January 19, 2008 9:02 AM

The Fund guy from the WSJ: A "problem" for the liberal/progressive side is that we don't have an army of loud automatons to repeat moronic rightwing slogans over everybody else on these shows. Stewart and Olbermann seemed to stop having them on, except when they're really prepared to take them down.

Too much thinking and/or politeness on our side.

Posted by anna | January 19, 2008 9:08 AM

Of course he prays with that mouth, and if the need arose he'd beat the hell out of all fags with those hands that hold the Bible.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | January 19, 2008 9:40 AM

That was really well done. Dan, you were the most intelligent, funny, and polished of the lot. What's required on these shows is a gift for the sound bite, and you've got it. Hughley was good, too, but the other two guys came across as unprepared and, just, thick.

So glad you don't just stick to the sex advice. Great stuff.

Posted by Irena | January 19, 2008 10:23 AM


You have no problem crossing picket lines and helping to crush a labor movement all so you could get a little face time with Bill Maher? That is REALLY fucked up.

You should be supporting the writer not intentionally undermining their efforts.

You are nothing but a scab.

And personally, finding ways to make fun of people like you did just isn't funny. Snarky isn't funny, ambushing people isn't funny, and you are not funny.

You disgust me more and more.

Oh, and whats it been, like 3 weeks since you have seen your boy? I am sure that all that time gone is worth it now that you have recieved a little notoriety on the tube with Bill.

Posted by ecce homo | January 19, 2008 10:24 AM

"By the time they get to me they'll be out of rocks"

You are such a GEM!

Posted by lucky seattle | January 19, 2008 10:39 AM

dan, you're too skinny!!!!

Posted by scary tyler moore | January 19, 2008 11:23 AM


"Only Bulls 'cause cow fucking cow is wrong."


You are a gem, Dan.

Posted by YO | January 19, 2008 12:03 PM

Oh, ecce.

Posted by tsm | January 19, 2008 12:05 PM

Dan, I bet your little one-eyed poodle misses you too. You never did tell us what his name is. (He's probably afraid to tell us; knowing Dan, he probably named it Dickhead.)

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | January 19, 2008 12:14 PM

Liberal fag!

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 19, 2008 12:33 PM

@27 - The one-eyed brain-damaged deaf poodle is named Stinker, by DJ, I think.

Is it on youtube yet? I have no cable.

Posted by MH | January 19, 2008 1:08 PM

Oops. Never mind. Just found it.

Posted by MH | January 19, 2008 1:10 PM

How can you undermine organized labor by being a low down fucking scab and still call yourself a liberal?

Posted by ecce homo | January 19, 2008 1:13 PM

Oh, ugh, I am mortified that I have a question along the same lines as such a muckraking troll. Please read mine with a civil tone and with the sincerity in which I ask it:

Dan, I am curious about you crossing the picket line to do Bill's show. He's been pretty vocal about his feelings toward the WGA and I am wondering if you agree with his statements?

Maher has declared there is "no exit strategy" in place for the strike. I see his point. But, as a person that makes his living off the written word, I wonder how you justify your participation?

I'm not trying to be a dick here, Dan. I'm genuinely curious. I've got mixed feelings about the strike's effect and would love to hear your opinions.

Posted by kerri harrop | January 19, 2008 1:58 PM

The strike is an interesting topic,but Dan, you fucking KILLED on the show. Really top-notch work.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | January 19, 2008 2:24 PM

You were BY FAR the quickest witted person on the show -- although DL Hughley and Bill were keeping close behind -- but I was delighted with your comments!

Posted by Laurie | January 19, 2008 2:43 PM

Did "Real Time" ever use writers? I'm thinking it was always unscripted...

How about sporting events? Is it OK to go to tennis matches? Or the superbowl?

Elections are covered by news organizations and broadcasted. Are we scabs if we vote? Or talk to a reporter?

How about watching the news?

Like most issues, the strike thing isn't black or white.

BTW, I do see The Daily Show and Real Time as 'real' news shows. Thank goodness they have hosts and guests who can talk without a script. (And Dan was definitely the best!)

Posted by Ayden | January 19, 2008 3:23 PM

The answer Ayden is that they both use writers for quite a bit of the show that you THINK is unscripted.

Posted by ecce homo | January 19, 2008 3:49 PM

Oh, and we are speaking of writers who are part of the writers union. I do not believe reporters who cover the "news" are "writers" by that definition.

Posted by ecce homo | January 19, 2008 3:52 PM

>> The answer Ayden is that they both use writers for quite a bit of the show that you THINK is unscripted.

I know that's true of The Daily Show. (Jon Stewart admits it - and it's often obvious.) But I didn't realize it applied to "Real Time," too. I always thought Bill Maher wrote his own material.

Thanks for clarifying for me, ecce. (Although the classification of writers still confuses me.)

And I still don't think Dan is a scab... I see him as reporting NEWS - from a perspective not covered by anyone else. (At least that's the way I WANT to see it ;-))

Posted by Ayden | January 19, 2008 5:58 PM


Have you ever been approached about your own show? If not, I predict it will happen soon.

Fantastic job.

Posted by I Got Nuthin | January 19, 2008 8:59 PM

So, is Ecce homo paid to blog here? Normally I just chuckle at his sardonic comments, and I know I have read Dan tell him he loves ecce... That crap is just really old. If you are going to be so caustic, at least find some new material.

Posted by Joy | January 19, 2008 10:18 PM


Eat the corn out of my shit...



Posted by ecce homo | January 20, 2008 9:41 AM

Dan was good, but that's faint praise given how awful the rest of the show was. I physically winced during the monologue and the panel, it was that bad.

I second the concerns others have voiced here about someone of your talent appearing on Real Time in the midst of the writer's strike.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | January 20, 2008 11:23 AM

I love corn, but I wouldn't want to deprive your mama of her favorite meal.
But call me for the next dinner party. I'll bring you a nice warm bowl of milk.

Posted by Joy | January 20, 2008 10:36 PM
Posted by Rachel | January 21, 2008 7:24 AM

I thought your comment about
"We don't go over there and tell you what to do with your FLAGS, so don't come over here and tell us what to do with our FAGS.
was a classic! Way to go!

Dan speaks extemporaneously, he has nothing to do with Hollywood's screenwriter's strike. He saved the day. Without Dan, (and those silly interviews) the show would have sorely missed 'new rules'.
Forgive my sounding like a jewish mother, but Dan, you need to put on some weight. Youve got us all worried.

Posted by Rawkcuf | January 21, 2008 10:13 AM

Sorry, I put my computer away on Friday night and didn't open it until this morning -- I wanted to focus on the family after being on the road for a week and a half (Vegas, Portland, South Carolina, LA). So I missed the call outs about the strike. Basically I agree with (big shocker) Andrew Sullivan, who wrote this after going on Colbert:

I should add that I totally support the Writers' Guild of America in their attempt to get paid for crucial Internet residuals. The show didn't use any written material, and I never do in public speaking. I was asked to go on a national TV show to talk about the election, and promote my recent Atlantic cover-story. And I hope the WGA wins their battle.

To that I would add...

Colbert, Stewart, and Maher aren't merely entertainment programs. They are, for a great many people, news programs, the places they get info about politics, candidates, and elections. There is a writers' strike on. There is an election on too. We can't sit out the conversation about the election -- and that's all I did on Maher. Converse. Nothing was scripted, I wrote nothing down. I viewed it the same way I viewed going on CNN or MSNBC.

I didn't, and wouldn't, start writing scripts for, say, Lost. I think the WGA should have made an exception for programs like Colbert and Maher's, and it was a tactical error not to. They are, I think, too important and the stakes are too high as we move to a vote on the next PUSA to have Colbert, Stewart, and Maher off the air/cable/Internets.

Finally, I didn't cross a picket line -- there wasn't a picket line at the studio. And I was relieved because I would have felt terrible about crossing a picket line for the first time in my life... in the back seat of a limo.

Posted by Dan Savage | January 21, 2008 11:19 AM

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