Bill Maher

Bill Maher

Date of birth: 20-01-1956

Bill Maher started as a stand-up in New York in 1979,, making his first appearance on the later-night shows 1982.

A string of small film credits followed, but his big break cam when he started hosting the topical chat show Politically Incorrect, first on Comedy Central then on ABC. However, that show was cancelled in 2002, soon after Maher commented that the 9/11 hijackers were not cowardly, but ‘lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away’ was. He went on to host HBO’s Real Time.

In 2008, Maher took a swipe at organised religion in the movie Religulous, directed by Borat's Larry Charles, which has gone on to become the one of the highest grossing documentaries ever.

In addition to his television programme, Maher has written five 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 The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass.

He continues to perform stand-up, with at least 50 dates a year in Las Vegas and across the US. Three of his nine stand-up specials for HBO – 2007’s The Decider, 2005’s I’m Swiss, and the hilarious, and 2010's But I’m Not Wronghave been nominated for Emmy awards.

Maher was born in New York City, raised in River Vale, N.J. and went to Cornell University. He now resides in Los Angeles.

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Bill Maher’s next special will air LIVE

Comic's 11th stand-up show for HBO

Bill Maher’s next HBO stand-up special will air live, the cable network has announced.

The political comedian’s show Triggered will be broadcast from the Brady Theater in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday July 7.

It is his 11th HBO solo special since his first in 1989.

He said: ‘The paradox of my life is, the more horrifying the country under Trump becomes, the more fun we have at my stand-up shows. I guess it’s a release, or whistling past the graveyard, or a primal scream.

‘Half of this show is about Trump, but I am determined to make half of it about me – my way of saying, "Trump, you don’t get to win!"’

Real Time with Bill Maher also airs on HBO. The weekly programme is in its 16th season and has been renewed until 2020.

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Published: 11 May 2018

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