Bill Maher Comes To McCallum Theatre

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Bill Maher is one of America's most politically astute comedians. For the last fifteen years, he has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. With "Politically Incorrect" on Comedy Central, and for the last seven years on HBO's "Real Time," Bill'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 film, an unprecedented swipe at organized religion titled Religulous.

An English major graduate from Cornell University, Bill began his career honing his act 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 the comic.

In 1993, Bill created "Politically Incorrect" on Comedy Central, bringing together some of the most interesting politicians, entertainers, and journalists to participate in controversial, topical and comical discussions. Winners of four CableACE Awards, the program grew in popularity, eventually catching the attention in 1997 of ABC and capturing the post-"Nightline" time slot. "Politically Incorrect" aired for five years, receiving a total of 18 Emmy nominations.

Inspired by the show's success, Bill assembled some of the most memorable highlights from "Politically Incorrect" and included them in his book, Does Anybody Have a Problem With That? Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits. Bill's other books include When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden and most recently, New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer.

In 2003, Bill launched "Real Time with Bill Maher," on HBO. "Real Time" has received multiple Emmy nominations, and nominations from the Writers' Guild of America and Producers' Guild of America. Bill's opening monologue, incisive interviews, stimulating panel discussions, and the "New Rules" segment, wrap up the week's most important events in a way that makes you think, as well as laugh. The "New Rules" segment proved so popular, that Bill adapted it into a book, New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer. The book spent nearly three months on The New York Times Best Sellers List and some of the best "New Rules" are currently available on DVD. The audio book of New Rules received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album.

Bill's credits include numerous HBO specials, including "Bill Maher: Be More Cynical," "I'm Swiss," and "Bill Maher: The Decider." He has participated in sold-out comedy tours throughout the country and received a Tony nomination for the three-week run of his one-man Broadway Show, "Victory Begins at Home." Bill also hosted "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher," a 30-minute program featuring live performances by renowned musicians and thought-provoking interviews with authors, directors and actors that was shown on the homepage. --

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