Bill Maher

Bill Maher
Location
New York, New York, usa
Birthday
January 20
Title
Comedian
Company
HBO
Bio
Born in NYC and raised in Jersey, Bill Maher began his stand-up career emceeing at Catch a Rising Star in New York City – a job that propelled him to guest spots on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. In 1989 he debuted on HBO in a One-Night Stand; that CableACE winner was followed by a 1992 “Command Performance” ONS. Maher and HBO Downtown Productions launched Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central in 1993; it moved to ABC from 1997-2002, during which time Maher built a reputation as a host willing to push the late-night envelope. In 1995 he starred in his first HBO Comedy Hour: Bill Maher: Stuff That Struck Me Funny; other HBO solo specials (8 total) include 1997’s The Golden Goose Special; 2000’s Be More Cynical, 2003’s Victory Begins at Home, 2005’s I’m Swiss, and 2007’s The Decider. He’s been on several Comic Relief shows, the latest being Comic Relief 2006. In fall 2008, he also starred in Religulous, a documentary on religion directed by Larry Charles. Maher is also a successful author whose recent New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer was a New York Times best-seller. He also authored When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism, Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect’s Greatest Hits, and True Story.

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FEBRUARY 12, 2009 6:05PM

Season Premiere of Real Time Friday, February 20th

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I can’t believe it’s been 3 or 4 massive government bail outs since I last saw you….

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So Bill, you've discovered us here. This is an oasis in the desert (I already blog on Huffpo, sometimes alongside you over there. Joan is sweeter than Arianna, as you probably know.)

Look forward to the upcoming season. Your take on Blago would have been great. I do hope you write a few original things here on OS, and get involved a bit, and don't just use this as a promo spot. We're your peeps, and you might find this the perfect place to vent a bit more and hang out after hours.
Is this one of our mysterious new members?

It would be GREAT to actually have Bill show up here, though my suspicion is that this blog will be exactly as sales oriented as the My Blog'rs
Given the choice, I'd rather have him reading my posts than writing stuff here. All his good material, I'd hope he'd save for his show since he has a voice there. And if we offer him perspective or insight because he checks in once in a while, that's great. Sure, I'd love to have a casual chat with him, but he's got such an aura of celebrity that I think we'd be quickly spammed by people wanting to join in and I don't think the forum is up to it. The discussion forums at HBO are mobbed.

Plus, this is a funny video, which is a bonus. Bill's comedy is hit or miss a lot of the time, but I'll take it for the times it works. His real contribution is to the political scene, scaring up the guests and provoking the talk on issues people need to talk about. He may be doing Real Time now, but I've always felt it's still just Politically Incorrect in a different guise, which is just fine by me. Too few shows where people feel the license to just speak their mind and he seems to give people the comfort level to do that. The show is sometimes hit or miss, too, of course, but that's necessary. No risk no gain. The times when it's good it's well worth the times when it's lackluster... it averages out quite well...

So, welcome, Bill or Bill-handlers—whichever. I'll take the promo streams. Just spend your time making sure there are as many on-air episodes as you can muster. Thanks!
Finally, something to do for a married man on a Friday Night at 11:00 P.M.! :-O

Glad you're back. Look forward to the fray.
If it's really you, Mr. Maher, I hope you get to know us. I think you'll be pleased with who you meet here. We at OS are a smart bunch, and we do love to laugh.
Sweet - total fan. Loved, loved Religulous!
Been a fan for years. The economy decided I didn't need HBO and many other things I used to enjoy, so it will be good to see you here on occasion.
Assuming this isn't just a robo-post from another site, welcome to the wild world of Open Salon. I always thought you had a weird sort of freedom back in the public television days, but I'll give you full credit for remaining willing to say whatever you thing, no matter who you offend. There isn't enough of that in the world.
I don't know whats happening with the bailouts, but it is giving new meaning to the phrase wealth distribution, with the rich soaking the middle class. Congress' new motto should be, "We are spending your children's inheritance."
HBO plays so many third rate flicks. Maher is good, but his show doesn't make it worth the price. Too bad.
The powers that be are total savages. Three hundred thousand cable channels, and they charge a fee for the one thoughtful comic. It's pathetic.
Looking forward to the new season.

My students may be watching for examples of argument. Your show is an excellent source.
Watching you on Larry King right now too. Almost too much.Looks like you've been here before judging by the other comments. Very funny line on robbing banks, BTW.
Looking forward to more.
I don't know who this Bill Maher guy is, but I thank him for finally letting me know what twittering is.
Is this guy one of the newbie spammer sign-ups trying to sell us Viagra? And why is he using that godawful avatar? It doesn't look anything like Bill Maher, who's a semi-handsome guy.

Hey, I know who this is! It's the Pope! He's trying to get even with Maher for dissing religion in that movie he made. You may kiss my bathtub ring, your Wholiness.
Yeah! Something to look forward to again! I knew there was a reason I had HBO other than to watch Juno once. The clip got me laughing out loud. I needed that.
Oh look everybody!!!! Bill Maher's avatar is just like that
famous poster of Obama's! Oooohhhh!!! That must mean that
Bill is just as cool as Obama!
I love Lea Lane, but I am not your "peeps"
Please Bill. Study Buddhism. Develop a compassionate heart.
Please don't make fun of people who don't know as much
as you think you know.
And when you see what you think of as a "pretty girl" try to
get beyond your dick. Is that possible????
Mr. Maher's ending question is the sort of thing no politician could ask aloud and live. Thank you for that.

But. New new rule: the Hillary Pantsuit joke has been good to comedians for a long time. It shall now be honorably retired to the hall in the Smithsonian where former First Ladies' Inaugural Pantsuits are kept.
I am really looking forward to this. Yours is one of the few television shows that I schedule around and watch regularly.

My favorite part of your show is an unscripted reaction when you have heard something that you dislike. The look that comes across your face right before you correct whomever has just offended is a really cool moment. You usually take a beat, your expression changes dramatically, and you deliver. Sometimes you take an extra beat to hear the rest of what they have said, and the powder load is that much greater. I look forward to seeing that look shot at Michelle Malkin, or some other serial truth slayer. Welcome Bill!
Advertising, but that's ok. It's a good show; I'll be watching.
Love ya, Bill. Can't wait to see your show again!

A LOT of non-believing, wiseass, well-read HBO watchers here on OS. Smart move.

Go get 'em.
One more thing. We do a little thing here called blogwhoring.. You will get emails from us asking you to go read our latest thing, some poem or sex thing or sad memoir or satire, etc.

This is not our fault. OS has grown too big, too fast, and lacks effective ways to ensure the really great stuff, er, that is, MY stuff, is seen and appreciated.

So if you want to guarantee OS success, respond to my, um , these emails. Read, comment, once in a while, and you will have 100% success here.

Unless you talk about Israel. Or Dach.
Now I regret unsubscribing from HBO. Had to cut costs because my stimulus check got lost in the mail. Fortunately, the show replays on podcast form the following Monday.

Welcome to the Snark Invested Waters!!
Bill - I'm really looking forward to see how you and all other politically motivated comedians fare in a Bush free world. It looks like congress is picking up the slack admirably.
Love ya man. But don't look for sycophantic nodding from me on everything. (I just said that b/c it seems like something that would make you like me).
M. Chariot will be there with bells on. Beneath the mischief, the wit, the wisecracks, and the farce, M. Maher demonstrates to us all what it means to be a true American.
Hi Bill,

I've been a fan for more years than I care to admit. I hope to see you getting involved in the community here too. Can't wait for the new season to begin!!
It's been too long. My husband and I are big fans. Looking forward to the new season.
Happy Valentine's Day Bill.
I'm glad that dakini is not in a bikini.
What thundering man hating anger.

Put your vagina away and see a therapist.
Enjoyed getting more than a teaser of your long and juicy...monologue.
HI Bill,

Caught your act in Milwaukee. Welcome to OS.
Kudos to the Fearless Funnyman of Hollywood. And not just because we have a mutual friend (Judy Gins) in Hollywood, Florida.
Bill Maher is fantastic, even when one can only hear him here or on Larry King. In fact, Bill is the only reason to subscribe to HBO but in this economic depression, who can afford the extra $$ for adding HBO to their telecom bill? When did getting some truth beome extinct on the regular media and require HBO anyway?
XJS and Me: Try paying attention to what's going on around you.
Then maybe you can come up with something other than your
cheap shots.
This isn't spam?

Well, it's good to know that one of my favorite political satirists is here.

I would love it if the whole show was "new rules". I scream at them.
I'm stuck in a Cook County office of Elections as my nomination petititions have been challenged. (These peoples' minds move at a glacial's pace.) I've got no volume on this beast, but I'll give ya a thumbs up anyway, Bill--your reputation precedes your volume. Et bienvenue, mon ami.

Christianly yours, W.T. Olson
I can hardly wait for the new season of Real Time to start, and I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Religulous DVD.
Say Bill, is this really you or some HBO writer? Friday nights have not been the same since you went on hiatus.

I want you to know that Religulous has caused me a lot of grief. See, I realized that you are right about one thing. Religions are dangerous and are all doing their best to throw us headlong into the apocalypse. I started blogging about it and it really pissed of my Mormon family. You should probably go check my blog out. Seems the least you can do after getting me disowned.

I am available for guest appearances and writing gigs.

I generally agree with you except about those idiots at PETA. C'mon, you're a smart guy, how can you fall for their idiocy?
OK, some funniness...However -- PLEASE can you leave Hillary Clinton alone?! She is short with a pear-shaped body -- only way to fix that look is with the clothes she has chosen to wear. Give her a break!!
Hi, Bill, I look forward to seeing you on my TV and also here on Salon. If you don't mind, I'll be quoting your gun/banks joke to all my beleagured friends here - it's particularly relevant to us because in Ireland it's practically impossible to get a gun due to our strong anti-terrrorism laws but, as we have proven, any idiot can set up a bank! Good to hear US comedians are prepared to poke fun at Obama and his team - no one should take themselves too seriously, but especially our politicians.
Great to have you back, I haven't missed a show. How about having Deb Wasserman-Schultz on your show. She was great on Hardball last night.
Hurrah! The Return of the Mah(er)!

Jon Stewart's great Mon-Thurs, but it's good to have some decent political satire on a Friday too. Plus, it's nice to have a slightly more serious tone from time to time - although can we have fewer clueless celebs this time round? It can sometimes seem like the token entertainer is lost in the flurry of debate, left to throw in the odd, 'Yep, s'bad!' comment or semi-informed opinion (like the ones I have. I should not be on the show this season either, so don't even ask), which rarely helps things.
Bill, I look forward to the new season. Lots of things have happened in your absence. Welcome back, and thanks for such a great program.
hmm...odd. If I click on "Send message" it gives me a "To" to cristinly. Do a people search for cristinly, and you get the message "No Members Found!"

I don't mind Obamified avatars, but it has to be done with some finesse or tongue in cheek. Who knows where your tongue is in that? But otherwise, it's a very bad Obamatar.

Can you clarify for the people here at OS, whomever is posting this (I can't really say "writing" can I?) if this is BM or a BMinion? Perhaps in some what that's credible? Not that it matters really, just curious.
Good luck with it. I'll set the tivo.
Mr. Maher - ignore my comment.

Please.

I'm just a blog whore.

Ask anyone.
Audiences will applaud to anything sheez.
Podcast? KEWL! I can watch Maher again! :D
I always thought what Bill said right after 9/11 was completely right-on. But wasn't there some talk about him dating Ann Coulter?

That would be fucked up.
You've consistently been there through the dark phase.
Thanks for being you.

I remain available for writing, rewrites, the vast idea, or guest selection.

Simply let me know, please.
You've consistently been there through the dark phase.
Thanks for being you.

I remain available for writing, rewrites, the vast idea, or guest selection.

Simply let me know, please.
Whoops!
Stepped on a lap top!
I've always enjoyed your show. You're funny, with a nice cutting element of insight; quick with witty words and "on the right side" from my p.o.v. That being said, and after seeing you on Larry King, I'm a little disappointed in some of your whacko, psuedo opinions about health care and food. Sure, I know you're a satirist, but to reduce diet to "don't eat anything out of a can or box" ignores the fact that many of the food poisoning outbreaks have involved produce - even "organic" spinach, for dog's sake! And "eating right" isn't going to prevent congenital birth defects, broken bones, and many other conditions that people end up needing health care insurance for. Your vehemence in your belief in ridiculous, hippy dippy mindless froth sort of slips you off of satire and into kooksville. And I'm an old, organic, west coast hippy myself, so if you're losing me, well....
Bill: Welcome to the OS neighborhood. It's not every day that a celebrity satirist/writer/performer walks out cyber streets like a regular guy. You're kind of special that way. But I'm sure you know that.

Bill, at the risk of sounding politically incorrect, I'd like to remind you of a few things you probably haven't had time to suss out yet, being new to the place. I'm sure you'll understand my comments are made in the name of plain ol' regular-guy neighborliness.

First, for a regular-seeming guy, your bio sounds a bit . . . pompous. Third person, Bill? That's not very a very friendly tack.

Second, the understanding around here is that everyone does his or her own work. We don't hire it out. What would be the point? It may only be a nasty rumor, but some folks think that your publicist planted you in our midst. Some even suspect you had some uncredited help creating the clip you included. If that's true, I'd be disappointed. Sort of like not playing by the rules.

Third -- and I want this to be as constructively critical as possible -- your clip needs work. Maybe the problem lies with those alleged hired hands. But that only compounds the problem I outlined above, doesn't it?

Fourth -- I know you're a busy guy. We all are. None of us have been able to cobble together a living wage from the Tippem thingie. But here's something everybody I know here always tries to find time for -- when someone comments on someone's post, the poster somehow finds time to acknowledge those comments. It's half the fun around here.

So -- while this may not be as warm and comfy a welcome as maybe you expected or feel you deserve -- and I'm not saying I speak for everyone hereabouts -- it's offered in good faith & in the belief that deep down inside every successful satirist/writer/performer, or even at the core of every successful satirist/writer/performer's staff, a regular guy with a hankering to write and read and participate with others like or unlike him will someday emerge and know the joys of honest, personal writing.

Here's hoping! Sincerely, Jeremiah Horrigan

PS -- One last thing -- as you've probably noticed, OS isn't commercial free. But that doesn't mean free commercials are welcome. Lexus may be an obnoxious sponsor, but at least it helps pay the freight. Just because you're a cool and groovy guy doesn't mean you shouldn't do the same.
Sexy Bill Maher! I met u @ Sky Bar on Sunset Halloween night. You & your little whiskers where so cute. This was right before your publisct I presume, went buck wild to get you into the club. It was very entertaining . Your opinions & the way you relay them ignite me... I Enjoyed Religulous!!! Can't wait to meet again
Peace & Love
Amber Deylon
I've been a Bill Maher fan for a long time, so it pains me to say the following: There's no way this is the real Bill Maher. It's a thinly veiled ad, trying to gin up viewership for his new season of Real Time. I'd be shocked to find any original writing here from Mr. Maher. So to whichever minion added BM to our site I have two words: BUTT OUT!!!
Bill, I'm disappointed in your choice of Brigitte Gabriel as your "expert" commentator on Islam with regards to the murder of Aasiya Hasan. Being a Lebanese American Christian Brigitte is hardly an expert on what motivated a Pakistani Muslim man to kill his wife. Even better would have been having an expert on domestic violence tackle the subject. But, as in the past, you chose to skirt the edges of Islamophobia. Did you do any research about Brigitte? Here's an example of her opinions of Islam from this website http://www.israelenews.com/view.asp?ID=1481:

"The difference, my dear Christian friends, between Israel and the Arab world is quite simply the difference between civilization and barbarism. It’s the difference between good and evil and this is what we’re witnessing in the Arabic and Islamic world. I am angry. They have no SOUL! They are dead set on killing and destruction. And in the name of something they call “Allah,” which is very different from the God we believe in, because our God is the God of love."

– Brigitte Gabriel, speaking at John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel Convention, July 27, 2007

And lest you think that no progressive Muslims exist, I'm a lifelong progressive Muslim American with tattoos, who is also from Saudi Arabia. You need to open your mind a bit about Arab women. Very poor choice, you've lost a loyal viewer. You're doing America a real disservice by booking bigots like Brigitte Gabriel on your show.
Bill, I'm disappointed in your choice of Brigitte Gabriel as your "expert" commentator on Islam with regards to the murder of Aasiya Hasan. Being a Lebanese American Christian Brigitte is hardly an expert on what motivated a Pakistani Muslim man to kill his wife. Even better would have been having an expert on domestic violence tackle the subject. But, as in the past, you chose to skirt the edges of Islamophobia. Did you do any research about Brigitte? Here's an example of her opinions of Islam from this website http://www.israelenews.com/view.asp?ID=1481:

"The difference, my dear Christian friends, between Israel and the Arab world is quite simply the difference between civilization and barbarism. It’s the difference between good and evil and this is what we’re witnessing in the Arabic and Islamic world. I am angry. They have no SOUL! They are dead set on killing and destruction. And in the name of something they call “Allah,” which is very different from the God we believe in, because our God is the God of love."

– Brigitte Gabriel, speaking at John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel Convention, July 27, 2007

And lest you think that no progressive Muslims exist, I'm a lifelong progressive Muslim American with tattoos, who is also from Saudi Arabia. You need to open your mind a bit about Arab women. Very poor choice, you've lost a loyal viewer. You're doing America a real disservice by booking bigots like Brigitte Gabriel on your show.
I saw you on the Oscars. How and why did you ever get famous? Really, I mean it.
Wait--Bill Maher added me as a friend but deleted my comment?
Am I an OS pariah?