Bringing his special brand of political humor to what is sure to be one of the most talked about elections in modern history, Bill Maher will perform an exclusive Election Week engagement at the City National Civic on November 12th.
For the last eighteen years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on "Politically Incorrect" (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last seven years on HBO's "Real Time," Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-one Emmy nominations. In October of 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher's uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, "Religulous," directed by Larry Charles ("Borat"). The documentary has gone on to become the 7th Highest Grossing Documentary ever.
In addition to his television program - which has featured such regular visitors as John Edwards, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, Alec Baldwin and Michael Moore - Maher has written four bestsellers: True Story, Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect?s Greatest Hits, When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden, New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer and most recently The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass.
As Mark Twain said, if you want to tell people the truth, you'd better make them laugh when you do it, or else they'll kill you.
Bill Maher likes to start it up by critiquing people's relationship with their Invisible Pal. He correctly and courageously pins a lot of America's backwardness on those millions who would prefer to contemplate a perfect non-existent world to a real world that needs plenty of fixing.
Maher was host of TV's Pollitically Incorrect until it was shanghaied, likely because he did the non-cognitive-dissonant thing and said the 9/11 terrorists were brave men (which they were, in addition to being sociopathic religious fanatics). At times, Maher is the measured, gentlemanly "but seriously folks" sideman to Jon Stewart's rebelliousness: capable of taking a blimp-launching nutter like Ron Paul and polishing him up to the point where Ron Paul.com feels like officially linking to the I-view. But that's the point: every night, and every time Maher opens his mouth, he makes someone mad.