Bill Maher wears his New York City-born cynicism well. The comedian, commentator, author, and TV host never fails to imbue his satire and humor with political statements and vice versa. No one and nothing gets a pass from Maher – not media, religion, corporations, citizens, or politicians.
Playing host has long been part of Maher's schtick, as he began his career doing just so at New York's Catch a Rising Star comedy club in the late 1970s. Within a few years and with the help of Steve Allen, Maher got his shots with Johnny Carson and David Letterman.
Though he dabbled in acting, Maher truly came to prominence with the award-winning Politically Incorrect (1993-2002) which aired on Comedy Central before moving to ABC. These days, he plays host on Real Time with Bill Maher (beginning in 2003) on HBO.
Comedy Central ranks Maher at number 38 on their list of history's 100 greatest stand-up comics. He also holds the dubious acclaim of being nominated for the most Emmy awards – 22, as of 2011 – with no win.
Politically, Maher supports same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization, and environmental regulations, among other things. He dubs himself alternately as "as a progressive, as a sane person" and “practical.”... Read more