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The funny, direct and intellectually challenging talk show Real Time With Bill Maher continues its ninth season on Friday, exclusively on HBO. After being kicked off ABC, landing the Real Time show on HBO is something that some people call “the best thing that could have happened to Maher.”
And why not? The silver-tongued comedian is known for driving out hypocrisy and saying what should have been said, even when it stings. His roundtable on Friday nights will continue to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues and as usual, the show includes an opening monologue, discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests.
The roundtable guests this week are columnist Thomas Friedman, news anchor Rachel Maddow and commentator Andrew Sullivan; EPA administrator Lisa Jackson and writer Touré are interview guests.
A favorite of subscribers since his first special on the network in 1989, Maher has starred in nine solo specials on HBO, including the hour-long presentations ‘Bill Maher…But I’m Not Wrong’, ‘The Decider’ and ‘I’m Swiss’, both nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category; ‘Victory Begins at Home’, ‘Be More Cynical’, ‘The Golden Goose Special’ and ‘Stuff That Struck Me Funny’, and two half-hour stand-up specials, plus the HBO specials ‘30 Seconds Over Washington and ‘Comic Relief VI’
Maher was the creator and host of Politically Incorrect, which was produced by HBO Downtown Productions and debuted on Comedy Central in 1993. The series moved to ABC in 1997 and ran through 2002.
His next book, ‘The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass’, will be published this November. Maher’s 2006 book, ‘New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer’, made the New York Times best seller list, as well as best seller lists across the country.
He is also author of the books ‘When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism’, ‘Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? The Best of Politically Incorrect’ and the novel ‘True Story’. Maher produced and starred in the 2008 feature film Religulous, the seventh most successful documentary of all time.
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