Bill Maher
American comedian, writer
Bill Maher
William "Bill" Maher, Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, author, and actor. Before his current role as the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher hosted a similar late-night talk show called Politically Incorrect originally on Comedy Central and later on ABC.
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Bill Maher: The Media Must Fight To Get Its Reputation Back
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Bill Maher says it’s time for the media to step up and prove its trustworthiness.  On Friday’s broadcast of “Real Time,” the host referenced the results of a Fox News poll this month, which suggests that more people currently think they can trust President Donald Trump than they can the press. Maher praised various outlets for already pushing back against the Trump administration’s falsehoods — such as NBC’s Chuck Todd for taking on the president’s adviser Kellyanne Conway over her “alternative facts” and The New York Times for calling out Trump’s “lies” on its front page.  But Maher said more needs to be done. “Can you imagine how this must make a reporter feel? To be losing a truthfulness contest to Donald Trump?” he said. “It’s like losing a rap battle to Mitt Romney.” After criticizing some of the media for sometimes focusing on fluffy, lighthearted stories, Maher said that “for the sake of the republic” they “gotta get serious again.”  ...
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Stop Using Women And Girls To Justify Transphobia
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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s administration rescinded a guidance allowing transgender students to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity in public schools. While the Obama era guidance clarified that trans students are federally protected from sex discrimination under Title IX, the Trump administration said that it wants to leave LGBTQ rights to the states. Rescinding the guidance opens the door to discrimination against trans students at this level, and sends the message that the government will not stand up for the nation’s most vulnerable kids.  A common claim that opponents of such protections for trans students make is that allowing transgender people into bathrooms endangers cisgender women and girls. In his much discussed appearance on “Real Time,” alt-right former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos told host Bill Maher that he “makes no apologies for protecting women and children from men who are confused about their sexual identity.” This argume ...
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Bill Maher Helped Normalize Milo Yiannopoulos. Now, He’s Taking Credit For His Fall.
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Less than a week after treating alt-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos to a disturbingly jovial interview, Bill Maher is taking credit for the former Brietbart editor’s swift downfall.  Following the emergence of a video that appears to show Yiannopoulos advocating for pedophilia, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) rescinded his speaking invitation, Simon & Schuster cancelled his book deal and, to top it all off, he was forced to resign from his senior editor position at Breitbart. And in the mind of Bill Maher, he made it all happen. Speaking to The New York Times by phone Tuesday night, Maher made the claim that his decision to book Yiannopoulos on “Real Time” served as the catalyst for the events of the past 48 hours ― events many believed were already long overdue. “What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage,” Maher told the NYT. “And by the end of ...
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Yiannopoulos confronted on Maher
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Controversial far right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos makes an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher."
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Yiannopoulos confronted on Maher
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Controversial far right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos makes an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher."
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Bill Maher's 'Real Time' interview with Milo Yiannopoulos fuels new criticism
LATimes - 9 days
In the end, it was a non-event. Which to some people made it a really big event.  Bill Maher’s decision to host controversial blogger Milo Yiannopoulos on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO Friday led to very few on-air fireworks. Maher talked to his guest mostly about free speech, agreeing with...
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Bill Maher and Milo Yiannopoulos spar on HBO show
CBS News - 10 days
Two polar opposites of politics sat down together for what was expected to be an explosive exchange of ideas. Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos entered the liberal lion's den of HBO's Bill Maher. But as Tony Dokoupil shows us, the results might surprise you.
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Bill Maher Lets 'Impish Brit' Milo Yiannopoulos Off Easy
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The much-anticipated appearance between Bill Maher and Milo Yiannopoulos on HBO’s “Real Time” came off more like a mutual admiration society. At one point, the host even rather warmly referred to the white nationalist as an “impish, British fag.” “You are the only good [liberal], literally the only good one,” Yiannopoulos gushed Friday night to Maher. “I think you’re colossally wrong on a number of things,” said Maher, smiling. Yiannopoulos replied, “And that’s OK.” Maher did stress that he does have a problem with Yiannopoulos attacking certain people. The standard bearer of the self-described “alt-right” movement, who forged his reputation on Breitbart.com when White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was editor, is known for his vicious diatribes against minorities, immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ community, including a disturbing verbal attack on a trans woman in the audience at a talk at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. An appearance at the Unive ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Maher
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 60
    On May 13, 2016, Maher and his friend Michael Moore announced on YouTube that they are going to make a movie called "The Kings of Atheism".
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  • 2014
    Age 58
    In 2014, Maher was dating Ontario-born singer Anjulie Persaud.
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    Maher endorsed a 2014 Maine referendum to ban the use of bait, traps, and dogs to hunt bears in Maine.
    More Details Hide Details He specifically criticized the use of bait, referring to its use as "nothing but an execution". Maher is highly critical of all religion and views it as highly destructive. He has been described, or self-identified, variously as an agnostic, atheist, and apatheist, while objecting to having his views defined by a single label. In his 2008 feature film Religulous, he refers to himself as agnostic. He has rejected being grouped with explicit atheists, saying in 2002, "I'm not an atheist. There's a really big difference between an atheist and someone who just doesn't believe in religion. Religion to me is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need. But I'm not an atheist, no." Maher has also occasionally referred to himself as an apatheist, saying in 2011 "I don't know what happens when you die, and I don't care." When discussing his apatheism and his views on the existence of God, he said on a scale from 1 to 7 (7 being "absolutely certain there is no god"), he was only at 6.9, like Richard Dawkins, "because we just don't know... but we just don't think about it." He added, "There's atheist and there's agnostic, and I'm okay with us not splitting the difference on those; if you are just not a super-religious person, you are on my team." Several months later on a 2012 episode of his HBO show, Maher declared that "idiots must stop claiming that atheism is a religion. believe it or not, I don't really enjoy talking about religion all the time.
    In the leadup to the 2014 midterm elections, Maher conducted a "Flip a District" contest on his HBO show.
    More Details Hide Details His audience was asked to select one "terrible, entrenched" member of Congress in a close election race—"the loserest loser of all"—to remove from office. Maher aimed to help oust that representative by shining a "national spotlight" on the politician during segments of his show and stand-up comedy appearances in that member's district during the Fall election.
  • 2013
    Age 57
    On June 7, 2013, Bill Maher expressed on his show limited support for the NSA's PRISM intelligence data collection from private phone calls and the Internet, saying that the threat of terrorists obtaining and using nuclear weapons was the tipping point for him.
    More Details Hide Details While he stated that he trusted the Obama administration to employ the program responsibly, he described the NSA's access to private data as a "slippery slope", and worried about whether other politicians would be as responsible.
    Maher is a gun owner, and explained in his February 12, 2013 appearance on the late night TV talk show Conan that he owns guns for personal home protection.
    More Details Hide Details However, he does not identify himself as a "proud" gun owner, commenting that being a proud gun owner is akin to "saying I'm a 'proud remote control owner'". Maher has stated that statistics showing that gun owners are more likely to harm a member of their household are caused by irresponsible gun owners, and believes that tragedies such as school shootings will not lead to fundamental change in gun laws because both Democrats and Republicans favor guns.
    Also in 2013, Maher appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and offered to pay $5 million to a charity if Donald Trump would produce his birth certificate to prove that Trump's mother had not mated with an orangutan.
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    In 2013 Maher became one of the executive producers for the HBO newsmagazine series Vice.
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  • 2010
    Age 54
    On September 17, 2010, Maher aired a clip of Delaware Republican Senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell from the October 29, 1999 episode of his old show Politically Incorrect on his current show Real Time with Bill Maher, where she discussed that she had "dabbled in witchcraft". This was one of the most notable of numerous controversial statements by O'Donnell that made her the most covered candidate in the 2010 mid-term election cycle.
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    Maher co-emceed the final show of Larry King Live on December 16, 2010 with Ryan Seacrest.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004 Maher appeared on stage as Satan in The Steve Allen Theater production of "Hollywood Hell House", a spoof of the Christian-run hell houses. The show was a faithful reproduction of an evangelistic scare-fest, written by Reverend Keenan Roberts to terrify teenagers into declaring themselves Christians. "Our faith is that putting this up as itself, it will hoist itself on its own petard, that it's comical just as it is," explained producer Maggie Rowe. The show featured a rotating cast of over 160 celebrities, including Andy Richter (Jesus), Richard Belzer, Dave Thomas, Traci Lords, Craig Bierko, Sarah Silverman, and Julia Sweeney. Maher and director Larry Charles teamed up to make the movie Religulous, described by trade publication Variety as a documentary "that spoofs religious extremism across the world". It was released on October 3, 2008.
    Maher appeared as a special guest on the June 29, 2010 edition of the show, on which CNN anchor Larry King announced his retirement.
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  • 2009
    Age 53
    From 2009 to 2011, Maher dated neuroscientist, science educator, and current Skeptics' Guide to the Universe co-host Cara Santa Maria.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Maher purchased a minority ownership interest in the New York Mets.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    Maher has expressed the view that a lot of illness is the result of poor diet and lack of exercise, and that medicine is often not the most appropriate way of addressing illness. In an episode of his show about the 2008 presidential candidates' health plans, Maher stated that poor nutrition is a primary cause of illness, and that "the answer isn't another pill."
    More Details Hide Details He also has said: "If you believe you need to take all the pills the pharmaceutical industry says you do, then you're already on drugs!" He has expressed his distaste for the pharmaceutical and health care industries in general, on the grounds that they make their money out of treating people who are made sick by consuming unhealthy food that corporations urge upon the public. He maintains that mass consumption of high-fructose corn syrup is a contributor to the rise in frequency of obesity in the United States. In a discussion with Michael Moore about the film Sicko, Maher said, "The human body is pretty amazing; it doesn't get sick, usually, for no reason. I mean, there's some genetic stuff that can get to you, but, basically, people are sick in this country because they're poisoned. The environment is a poisoning factor, but also, we gotta say, they poison themselves. They eat shit. People eat shit, and that's, to my way of thinking, about 90 percent of why people are sick, is because they eat shit."
    In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Maher announced his support for Senator Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details Although Maher welcomed Obama's electoral victory, he has subjected him to criticism since taking office for not acting boldly on health care reform and other progressive issues. On February 23, 2012, after his 'Crazy Stupid Politics' special streamed on Yahoo! Screen, Maher announced that he was contributing $1 million to Priorities USA, the Obama SuperPAC. On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Maher says he is "more on the side of the Israelis" and doesn't consider both sides equally guilty. He acknowledges that "Palestinians do have gripes," and he has been critical of U.S. financial aid to Israel, saying "they don't need our money, they can handle it themselves." Maher also notes that most Israelis would prefer a two-state solution and oppose the hard-line stance of their Israeli government, which he describes as having been taken over by their version of the Tea Party. However, Maher has defended Israel's military actions against Palestinian militants amid criticism over civilian deaths and disproportionate casualty count between Israelis and Palestinians. He argues that Israel is still showing restraint, and he finds it ironic that the same people who were incredulous over how the Jews in World War II were led "to their slaughter", can't understand why they are defending themselves now.
  • 2007
    Age 51
    Real Time has earned widespread praise. It has been nominated for more than ten Primetime Emmy Awards and six Writer's Guild awards. In 2007, Maher and his co-producers were awarded the Television Producer of the Year Award in Variety Television by the Producers Guild of America.
    More Details Hide Details Maher holds the record for the most Emmy nominations without a win, having been nominated on 22 occasions and not winning once. Eleven of the nominations were for Politically Incorrect, while nine were for Real Time. The other two were nominations for two of his HBO comedy specials: Bill Maher: I'm Swiss and Bill Maher: The Decider. In late May 2005, Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus sent a letter to Time Warner's board of directors requesting Real Time be canceled after remarks Maher made after noting the military had missed its recruiting goals by 42 percent. Bachus said he felt the comments were demeaning to the military and treasonous. Maher stated his highest regard and support for the troops and asked why the congressman criticized him instead of doing something about the recruitment problem.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    In 2005, he began dating Karrine Steffans, best-selling author and former hip hop model.
    More Details Hide Details When commentators suggested there was a pattern to his dating because both his girlfriend and former girlfriend were black, Maher said, "People say I'm into black women. Robert De Niro is into black women. I'm just into women who are real, and they happen to be black."
  • 2003
    Age 47
    In 2003, he began dating former Playboy Cyber Girl Coco Johnsen. In November 2004, at the end of their 17-month relationship, she sued him for USD $9 million for "pain and suffering" for alleged "insulting, humiliating and degrading racial comments".
    More Details Hide Details Her suit stated that Maher promised to marry her and father her children, support her financially and buy a house in Beverly Hills. Her suit also alleged that she quit her job as a flight attendant and occasional model to be with him. Maher's lawyers in their response filed on November 23, 2004, in Los Angeles Superior Court said Maher is a "confirmed bachelor, and a very public one at that" who "never promised to marry Johnsen or to have children with her". Maher's filing stated that, after the relationship had ended, Johnsen "launched a campaign to embarrass, humiliate, and extort ridiculous sums of money from Bill Maher". Johnsen had previously accused another former boyfriend of rape and kidnapping in 1997, and the charges were later dismissed for lack of evidence. The lawsuit was dismissed on May 2, 2005.
    In 2003, Maher became the host, co-producer and co-writer of Real Time with Bill Maher, a weekly hour-long political comedy talk show on the cable television network HBO.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014 it had its 12th season, and has been renewed for a 13th season. During an interview, Maher told Terry Gross (on NPR's Fresh Air) that he much prefers having serious and well-informed guests on his program, as opposed to the random celebrities that fleshed out his roundtable discussions on Politically Incorrect. As with his previous show, Politically Incorrect, Maher begins Real Time with a comic opening monologue based upon current events and other topical issues. He proceeds to a one-on-one interview with a guest, either in-studio or via satellite. Following the interview, Maher sits with three panelists, usually consisting of pundits, authors, activists, actors, politicians and journalists, for a discussion of the week's events. In the segment "New Rules" at the end of each show, Maher delivers a humorous editorial on popular culture and American politics.
  • 2002
    Age 46
    ABC decided against renewing Maher's contract for Politically Incorrect in 2002, after he made a controversial on-air remark six days after the September 11 attacks.
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    Maher was on the board of judges for the 2002 PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award.
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    On June 22, 2002, just six days after the cancellation of Politically Incorrect, Maher received the Los Angeles Press Club president's award (for "championing free speech").
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  • 2001
    Age 45
    He has also referred to himself as a "9/11 liberal", noting that his formerly liberal view of the Islam religion changed as a result of the attacks on September 11, 2001, and he differentiates himself from liberals of the opinion that all religions are alike.
    More Details Hide Details Maher favors ending corporate welfare and federal funding of non-profits as well as the legalization of gambling, prostitution, and cannabis. Maher is a member of the advisory boards for both the NORML and Marijuana Policy Project, organizations that support regulated legalization of cannabis, and has been called "one of the brightest torches for sensible marijuana policy" and "a contemporary cannabis statesman". He describes himself as an environmentalist, and he has spoken in favor of the Kyoto treaty on global warming on his show Real Time. He often criticizes industry figures involved in environmental pollution. Maher is a board member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The comedian has noted the paradox of people claiming they distrusted "elite" politicians while at the same time wanting elite doctors to treat them and elite lawyers to represent them in court. Maher supports the death penalty. Since the 9/11 attacks, he has endorsed the use of racial profiling at airports.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 37
    Maher assumed the host role on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, a late-night political talk show that ran on Comedy Central from 1993 to 1997 and on ABC from 1997 to 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The show regularly began with a topical monologue by Maher preceding the introduction of four guests, usually a diverse group of individuals, such as show business, popular culture, political pundits, political consultants, authors, and occasionally news figures. The group would discuss topical issues selected by Maher, who also participated in the discussions. Jerry Seinfeld, a regular guest on the show, stated that Politically Incorrect reminded him of talk shows from the 1950s and 60s "when guests interacted with each other as much as with the host". Politically Incorrect won an array of awards, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Direction, two CableACE awards for Best Talk Show Series, and a Genesis Award for Best Television Talk Show. Maher earned numerous award nominations for his producing, writing and hosting of Politically Incorrect, including ten Emmy nominations, two TV Guide nominations, and two Writers Guild nominations.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 26
    Maher began appearing on Johnny Carson's and David Letterman's shows in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details He made limited television appearances including on Sara (1985), Max Headroom (1987), Murder, She Wrote (1989, 1990), and Charlie Hoover (1991). His feature film debut was in D.C. Cab (1983). He later appeared in Ratboy (1986), House II: The Second Story (1987), Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1988), and Pizza Man (1991).
  • 1979
    Age 23
    Maher began his career as a stand-up comedian and actor. He was host of the New York City comedy club Catch a Rising Star in 1979.
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  • 1978
    Age 22
    He then attended Cornell University where he double majored in English and history and graduated in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Maher has said: "selling pot allowed me to get through college and make enough money to start off in comedy."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 18
    Maher was raised in River Vale, New Jersey, and graduated from Pascack Hills High School in Montvale in 1974.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 0
    Born on January 20, 1956.
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