Bill Maher is no stranger to controversy. In fact, he thrives on it, even when his opinions alienate his own fans (remember when he famously rejected the patriotic notion that flying a plane into the World Trade Center was “cowardly”?).
More than a decade later, the former star of Politically Incorrect and current host of HBO’s Real Time political talk show still refuses to mince his words, albeit in an unfailingly good-natured way. So for those who are planning to catch Maher’s show at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Sunday night, enter with a thick skin and an open mind, as the comedian is sure to exercise his right to free speech to its fullest extent.
Maher talked to the Miami Herald about why he still loves to do stand-up, why Republicans are such an easy comedic target, and whether he has ever felt the need to censor himself.
I just hope in the remaining time he has in office, that he does pivot big-time toward the environment as an issue. It seems like that was the one that kinda got lost in the shuffle, and obviously, like with so many issues, he doesn’t get any help from the other side. They think it’s a big hoax, even as they’re drowning or starving, or just withering in 130-degree sun [laughs].
But would I have the patience that’s required to be a politician? Absolutely not. First of all, they spend about four to five hours a day, a lot of them, on the phone begging for money. They are the world’s last English-speaking telemarketers [laughs].