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Bill Maher

[Comedy] Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9

Anyone else dreading the campaign? It’s officially on as soon as the curtain falls on the Democratic National Convention. In Nevada, we’ve already been bombarded with negative, misleading ads and incessant reminders of our economic woes. The last election was all about hope. This one is going to be a downer. Mostly. When Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren’t terrifying us with their economic plans and anti-choice rhetoric, they’re entertaining us with their clueless patrician conduct and tone-deaf outreach to red-meat Republicans. Leave it to Bill Maher to make it funny. Here is a zinger from the primary:

“You got to feel bad for poor Mitt Romney. He’s in there plugging every week, and every week, somebody gets ahead of [him]. The people who have led Mitt so far: Donald Trump, then Michele Bachmann, then Rick Perry, now Herman Cain. He’s been led by a reality show star, a crazy lady, a stuttering cowboy and the guy who brings the pizza. That’s got to hurt a little.”

And another about the vice presidential candidate:

“Tell me one area where Paul Ryan and Sarah Palin would disagree? I cannot find one area. So somehow he’s the smartest guy in the party and she’s the stupidest woman on Earth, but they agree on everything.”

Just for a little bipartisan perspective, here’s one about the Democrats’ easiest target, Vice President Joe Biden:

“I thought this was very encouraging for our country. At the World Trade Center site, Joe Biden observed a moment of silence, showing Americans really can do anything.” AMY KINGSLEY

8 p.m.; Orleans Showroom at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 365-7075, $65 plus taxes and fees