He is one of Comedy Central’s greatest stand-up comedians of all time, has garnered 24 Emmy nominations and has redefined the genre of the political TV talk show. Now the acclaimed American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, satirist, author and actor Bill Maher (b. 1956) brings his inimitable brand of wit to Heinz Hall for one night only.
For the last eighteen years, Bill Maher has rewritten the rules for where comedic political conversation can go on American television. Hosting Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC) from 1993 to 2002, and HBO’s Real Time for the last nine years, Maher applies his sharp wit and keen smarts to create groundbreaking television programming.
In 2008, he lent his signature combination of brutal honesty and irreverent uproarious humor to the documentary film, Religulous, which he wrote and starred in. Directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Seinfeld), the film went on to become the 7th highest grossing documentary in history. Whether it’s on TV, in film and print, or on stage, Maher applies his trademark sarcasm, political satire and sociopolitical commentary to a wide range of subject matter, including religion, politics, bureaucracies, political correctness, mass media, greed and power.
Maher first launched his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979, and still performs 50-plus dates every year in Las Vegas, as well as performing in sold-out theaters across the country. Two of his eight stand-up specials for HBO have been nominated for Emmy awards, and he has also authored four bestselling books. In 2010, Maher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Born in New York City and a graduate of Cornell University, Maher grew up in River Vale, NJ, and now lives in Los Angeles.