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 airs live at 11:00PM on Friday nights.
"Real Time with Bill Maher" has received multiple
Emmy nominations as well as nominations from the
Writer's Guild of America. Some of the outstanding
guests who have appeared on the show include Howard
Dean, Michael Moore, Robin Williams, Drew Barrymore,
Bradley Whitford, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gen. Wesley
Clark, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Gary Hart,
Pat Buchanan and George Carlin. Each week, Bill's
hilarious opening monologue, incisive interviews
and stimulating panel discussion, as well as his
extremely popular "New Rules" segment, serve to
wrap up the week's most important events in a
way that makes you think, as well as laugh.
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.
Maher's latest book, When you ride ALONE you ride
with bin Laden, was released in 2002. 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
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
Maher was born in New York and raised in River
Vale, New Jersey. He now resides in Los Angeles.