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Many people believe that comedy and politics should not mix, but Bill Maher does not agree. Maher is well-known to comedy audiences as a stand-up comic who has been performing for several years, but he is also an outspoken advocate for a number of political issues. This makes him the ideal host for a show like Real Time with Bill Maher. Airing weekly on HBO, Real Time with Bill Maher is a program that revolves around its host and his political leanings, but it also includes discussion and debate from a panel of guests, many of whom come from different sides of the ideological divide. It is this mix of conservatives and liberals along with politicians and comedians that gives the show its spark, and Maher acts as the perfect moderator and ringleader.

Real Time with Bill Maher is an hour-long program that airs each Friday on HBO. One of the most interesting aspects of the program is that it airs live, meaning that anything can happen. This provides for some spirited debates given the show's unrehearsed and mostly unscripted nature. A typical episode will begin with a sketch or a satirical bit involving events which are currently in the news. This is followed by a monologue delivered by the host. Before the panel comes out to have its discussion, Maher usually interviews an important political or social figure either in the studio or via satellite.

After the one-on-one interview, Maher introduces the three guests who will appear on that episode's panel. The panel segment of the program is the centerpiece of each show, and it typically produces the most noteworthy segments. This is because the guests often enter into fiery arguments with one another. However, things are not allowed to spin out of control thanks to Maher's ability to reign discussions back in to the topics at hand. Maher is a master of this, and he does so with agile humor and charm. The panel discussion is usually followed by another comedy bit, another one-on-one interview with a guest and the famous New Rules segment in which Maher goes through a list of humorous suggestions for rules that society should follow.

Real Time with Bill Maher is a comedy show, but it also adds important discussions to the arena of politics. This makes the show very rare, and it is why so many people tune in each week. The show is live and includes language that is meant for adults, so it is not for everyone. However, people who want to laugh while staying engaged in the political discussion love receiving their weekly dose of Maher and his program.

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Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on HBO
13 Seasons, 354 Episodes - Currently Airing
Talk & Interview, Comedy
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Real Time with Bill Maher Full Episode Guide

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  • Guests include: Ana Marie Cox, Christopher Caldwell, Eddie Huang, Liz Mair and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Ben Affleck and Bill Maher Yelled At Each Other About Islam

Normally, "Real Time with Bill Maher" features conservatives and liberals arguing with each other. But last week, it was two outspoken liberals who went at it. Ben Affleck appeared on the show, promoting the newly released "Gone Girl," when the conversation turned to Islam. Maher is often considered to be as liberal as it gets, but his staunch opposition to religion has led him to views on Islam that Affleck called "gross" and "racist." Maher was arguing that liberals should and often do stand up for liberal principles like gay rights and women's rights.

HBO Grants Bill Maher's 'Real Time' Two More Seasons

Let the conservative outrage ring. Bill Maher still has a job. HBO announced Tuesday morning that the outspoken, controversial comic and commentator's discussion show "Real Time With Bill Maher" has been given two more seasons worth of the premium cable network's blessings, Deadline reported this morning. The eleventh and twelfth seasons of Maher's series will carry him through not only November presidential election, but also the next midterm Congressional election.

Obama Adviser Nixes Planned 'Real Time With Bill Maher' Appearance

Presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod - currently assisting with President Barack Obama's re-election effort - has canceled without explanation an advertised appearance on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," reports Deadline today. Another Obama campaign spokesperson said simply that Axelrod "is not scheduled to go on at this time," according to Politico. Though the left-leaning Maher has offered his sometime adversary some supportive words, the comedian and pundit has become conservative commentators' double-standard symbol following vulgar remarks by right-leaning radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Bill Maher and Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Cat Fight Continues

Bill Maher defended a joke he made last week, putting Elisabeth Hasselbeck back in the hot seat. Her original seat, if Maher had his way, would actually be on a plane to Egypt in exchange for the recently detained CBS correspondent, Lara Logan. "Now that Hosni Mubarak released Lara Logan, he must put her intrepid hotness back on a plane to the United States immediately. In exchange, we will send Elisabeth Hasselbeck," Maher said during the “New Rules” segment of his show.

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