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Bill Maher was born William Maher in New York City, New York, and grew up in River Vale, New Jersey. His father, William Aloysius Maher, Jr., who was of Irish descent, was a radio announcer and news editor. His mother, Julie (Berman), was a nurse, who was from a Jewish family. Maher was raised in his father's Catholic faith. While attending Cornell University, he decided to try stand-up comedy. His first stand-up routine was in a Chinese restaurant on Route 17 in Paramus, NJ. He soon landed a regular gig at Catch a Rising Star in New York City. After a few years, he became a regular host at the club and was spotted by a scout for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Maher made numerous appearances on the show, and Carson had been a hero of his since childhood, but he always felt constrained by the rules of network television. During this time, he appeared in films and made guest appearances on numerous sitcoms.In 1993, Maher was offered his own talk show by Comedy Central. Maher developed the show as a round table discussion on current events. Politically Incorrect premiered to critical acclaim and attracted major celebrities as well as politicians and pundits. In 1997, the show moved to ABC where it aired to continued success. On September 17, 2001, Maher made controversial comments regarding the terrorists who orchestrated the September 11 attack on the US. Sponsors pulled their ads and affiliates refused to air the show. ABC canceled the show in 2002, citing "low ratings". Maher had been nominated for 11 Emmys for his work on the show. In 2003, he was able to continue his television work with a similar program on HBO titled Real Time with Bill Maher. He remains single and lives in Los Angeles.  See full bio on IMDb »

Bill Maher -- Don't Cross the 'Gay Mafia' ... Or You'll Get Whacked

Bill Maher
Don't Cross the 'Gay Mafia' ... Or You'll Get Whacked

Bill Maher believes there's a secret gay mafia ... and the "Real Time" host says the group will take out anybody who stands in its way.Maher's show panel Friday night was discussing the recent… READ MORE >

Bill Maher -- Catholics Demand Boycott ... One Priest Joke Too Many

Bill Maher
Catholics Demand Boycott One Priest Joke Too Many

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Drops $5 Mil Monkey Suit Against Bill Maher (For Now)

Donald Trump is done beating his chest ... at least for now ... TMZ has learned The Donald has withdrawn the $5 million lawsuit he filed against Bill Maher for calling him monkey spawn. Trump sued… READ MORE >

- 1346 days ago
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Trump vs. Maher
Going Ape Over $5 Million Lawsuit

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- 1401 days ago
Donald Trump Rips Bill Maher -- How Dare You Insult My Parents!

Trump Rips Bill Maher
How Dare You Insult My Parents!

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- 1401 days ago
Donald Trump Sues Bill Maher for $5 Million -- I PROVED I'm Not Part-Orangutan

Trump Sues Maher for $5 Mil
I PROVED I'm Not Part-Orangutan

Donald Trump's mother is no orangutan-banger ... so says the Donald himself in a new, actually-filed lawsuit obtained by TMZ. Seriously, Trump actually filed this. The Donald just sued Bill Maher… READ MORE >

- 1402 days ago
Bill Maher -- Take That, Tebow Nation!

Bill Maher
Take That, Tebow Nation!

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- 1803 days ago
Bill Maher -- I Did Crystal Meth in College (Or Did I?)

Bill Maher

Did Bill Maher really admit to doing crystal meth on last night's episode of "Real Time"?  READ MORE >

- 1958 days ago
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Brad Pitt -- Retired Pot 'Artist'

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- 2671 days ago
Brad Pitt -- Mr. Perfect?

Brad Pitt -- Mr. Perfect?

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