Bill Maher is one of the most politically
astute humorists in America today. His unflinching
honesty and commitment to never pulling a punch
have garnered him the respect and admiration of
millions of fans. In 2003, Maher launched a new
show, "Real Time with Bill Maher," on
HBO, a network that's a perfect fit for his irreverent
style. The hour-long show will be back with original
episodes on July 30th, live at 11:00PM on Friday
In 1993, Maher created "Politically Incorrect."
On Comedy Central, Maher brought together some of
the most interesting politicians, entertainers,
and journalists to participate in some of the most
controversial, topical and comical discussions.
Winners of four CableACE Awards combined, Maher
and his program grew in popularity year to year,
eventually catching the attention in 1997 of ABC
and capturing the post-"Nightline" time
slot. A cutting edge contender of provocative late
night television, "Politically Incorrect"
survived for five years on ABC and concluded its
final run in July 2002. "Politically Incorrect"
received a total of 18 Emmy nominations since 1995.
Maher, inspired by the show's success, assembled
some of "PI's" most memorable highlights
in his book, Does Anybody Have a Problem With That?
Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits. In it, Maher's
brings us his tongue-in-cheek commentaires on such
modest proposals as putting warning labels on the
Bible, why we should have drunk driving lanes, and
his regular "Get Over Yourself Award,"
given to such notables as Newt Gingrich, Santa Claus,
and the O.J. Simpson defense team. He also offers
a collection of some of the funniest and most insightful
thoughts of "PI's" panelists, including
Ben Affleck, Marilyn Manson, Ann Richards, Pamela
Anderson, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Arianna Huffington,
and Janeane Garofalo.
Last November Maher's latest book, "When you
ride ALONE you ride with bin Laden, was released.
The book is a useful and hilarious guide for the
many Americans who want to help the war effort,
but are at a loss as to how. A combination of 33
new posters, as well as several classics from our
government's archives, and text by Maher, help Americans
make the connections between what we do and how
it can help our troops and ourselves. In conjunction
with the book's release, Maher went on a nationwide
stand-up tour and drew standing ovations for his
hilarious routine which utilized the posters from
the book to illustrate his commentary.
Maher's credits include five HBO specials, including
the critically acclaimed "Bill Maher: Be More
Cynical." Maher has participated in comedy
tours throughout the United States. Most recently,
he received a Tony nomination for the three-week
run of his one-man Broadway Show, "Victory
Begins at Home."
An English major graduate from Cornell University,
Maher began his career honing his act during the
'80s on the New York club scene. He reflects upon
this time in True Story, a novelization of his club
life and a funny, revealing depiction of the comic.
Maher was born in New York and raised in River Vale,
New Jersey. He now resides in Los Angeles.