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Bill Maher Biography (William Maher Jr.) : Talkshow Host and Comedian
Famous for : Being a vocal critic of religion, his work as a stand up comedian, for hosting "Real Time with Bill Maher" and "Politically Incorrect,", and for his film called Religulous which criticizes religion.
Maher details : Born - 20th of January, 1956 New York City, New York, USA / Lives United States of America

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Bill Maher is best known for his work as a comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He is famous for his television show Politically Incorrect which ran from 1994 until 2002. The show was cancelled he commented on the "cowardly" actions of the US in relation to the terrorist attacks on the US. Maher was later awarded the L.A. Press Club's President's Award for his support of free speech and later became the host of Real Time with Bill Maher.

Bill Maher was born on January 20, 1956 in New York City to Julie, a nurse, and William Maher, a television news editor and radio announcer. Maher spent his childhood in New Jersey where he attended Pascack High School and eventually moved back to New York to study English at Cornell University.

Maher graduated from Cornell in 1978 and fell into comedy shortly thereafter. He hosted the New York City comedy club Catch a Rising Star in 1979 and began performing as a stand up comedian in the area. His networking skills and developing talent landed him appearances on David Letterman's show and Johnny Carson's program in 1982 after which he branched out into acting and appeared in a number of television shows in small, mostly comedic roles.

Bill Maher has always been outspoken on his political and religious views, often incorporating them into his stand-up routines and later into his show Politically Incorrect. Although he grew up in a very Catholic household, Maher has often poked fun at the Catholic church, it's hold in society, and the views associated with the religion. His views against organized religion are common themes throughout his routines.

As a self-proclaimed libertarian and liberal, Maher has a record of supporting traditionally democratic and liberal views such as the privatization of social security, the legalization of marijuana, and the right to abortion and euthanasia. He's addressed all of his views throughout his comedic career, especially during changes in government or Presidential elections.

Maher's opinions caused quite a stir in September 2001 when he commented on the attacks on the World Trade Center earlier that same month. In his statement, Bill Maher made a comment that the US was cowardly for sending missiles thousands of miles to kill vast populations of people while the terrorists who attacked the US were willing to face death for their cause. He remarks aired on his show Politically Incorrect and caused his audience to file complaints with ABC, the network hosting his show. Advertisers failed to continue backing the program and ABC cancelled the show in June of 2002.

The cancellation of the show drew massive attention from free-speech activists and organizations. As a result of his work in television and his controversial show and routines, the Los Angeles Press Club awarded Maher the President's Award for championing free speech.

Maher's popularity landed him a show on HBO in 2003 called Real Time with Bill Maher that was designed to follow the same debate styles as seen on Politically Incorrect. Although his views still cause controversy in some areas of society, Maher has built a large following of fans who continue to support his work both on television and online.

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Jesus, as a philosopher is wonderful. There's no greater role model, in my view, than Jesus Christ. It's just a shame that most of the people who follow him and call themselves Christians act nothing like him.
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Karl Rove described Obama as "the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini, and making snide comments about everyone who passes by." Unlike George Bush, who's the guy at the country club who makes snide comments, and then passes out. Now this characterization, of course, was something Mr. Rove just completely pulled out of his bulbous, gelatinous a$$, but remember this is America, a land where people believe anything they hear.
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