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Bill Maher: Charlie Sheen Is Like Sarah Palin on Cocaine (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 7th 2011 6:15AM
While Charlie Sheen's creative phraseology and fervent commitment to "winning" have garnered him wall-to-wall media coverage and two million followers on Twitter, you can count Bill Maher among those who aren't impressed with the "rock star from Mars."

In fact, on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fridays, 10PM ET on HBO) Maher compared Sheen to Sarah Palin, who has long been Maher's favorite whipping girl.

"It's childish, it's needlessly defensive, it makes no sense," Maher said of Sheen's now world-famous ramblings. "So if you've ever wondered what it would be like if Sarah Palin was on coke ..."

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Jimmy Kimmel to Bill Maher: Arianna Huffington Squeezed My Ass on 'Win Ben Stein's Money' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 1st 2011 4:25AM
Bill Maher, Kimmel Talk Arianna HuffingtonWith Bill Maher on his show, Jimmy Kimmel wondered if he had any insight into the "crazy" (his word) that is Arianna Huffington, whom Maher has known since his 'Politically Incorrect' days.

"She did something to me once a long time ago that I've never told anyone before," said the host on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). When she appeared on 'Win Ben Stein's Money', "I'm standing at the podium and she started squeezing my a-- during the show, repeatedly squeezing it. And I didn't know what to do. I turned bright red."

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Kevin Smith and Bill Maher Deal With an Interruption From a 9/11 Truther on 'Real Time' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 21st 2011 8:20AM
The treatment of women in the Muslim and Arab world was being discussed by the panel on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO) when an audience member began screaming himself into the conversation.

"Bill have you seen what Hellfire missiles do to Muslim women?" The audience member yelled, interrupting the conversation. "Just last week you continued to reify the lies about 9/11 ... "

"Dad, shut up!" panelist Kevin Smith yelled back at the truther, much to the delight of the crowd.

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Bill Maher Jokes That Arianna Huffington Is the New Voice of Moviefone (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 14th 2011 4:10PM
As you may have heard, AOL recently bought The Huffington Post for $315 million. As part of the deal, The Huffington Post's president and co-founder Arianna Huffington will now be the editor-in-chief of all of AOL's content properties.

Huffington appeared on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Friday, 10PM ET on HBO), and the two had a little fun with Huffington's new role by having Maher call AOL's Moviefone, only to hear Mr. Moviefone's distinctive voice replaced by Huffington's.

"Hello darling, you have reached Moviefone," said the new Moviefone message. "Now playing, 'The Kids Are Alright.' But the kids are not alright, they are suffocating under a mountain of debt, created mostly during the Bush administration."

And what does Moviefone have to say about the Oscar-nominated film, 'The Social Network'?

"'The Social Network,' finally something worth seeing, a brilliant visionary gets into the Internet business and makes a boatload of money. I love this movie."

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Bill Maher Defends Elisabeth Hasselbeck-to-Egypt Joke (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 9th 2011 6:20PM
On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' last week, Maher had a line about swapping attractive blond CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan, who had been detained (and released) by Egyptian authorities, for Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck took great offense to this, using the first segment of 'The View' on Monday to attack Maher as a "chauvinistic bigot."

Maher got his chance to respond to her response on 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 8PM ET on MSNBC.)

"It was a joke," Maher told O'Donnell. "And not even that bad of one."

"There is a line that can be crossed, where you get into mean, bitter, chauvinistic. I didn't even approach it," he continued.

If fact, Maher argued, Hasselbeck should have been flattered by his joke: "Actually, she should be complimented. Because I was kind of putting her on par with Lara Logan, who we all think is a very attractive woman."

We're going to agree with Bill that this was a pretty harmless joke. However, when you gleefully break down how your humor reduces two accomplished women to pretty faces, it does invite the chauvinistic charge.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Angrily Responds to Bill Maher on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 7th 2011 3:00PM
On 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), Elisabeth Hasselbeck angrily responds to Bill Maher's joke about trading her for Lara Logan, the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News who was briefly detained by Egyptian police in Cairo.

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Bill Maher Blames the 2nd Amendment and the NRA for Arizona Shootings (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 12th 2011 3:48AM
Bill Maher, 'The Tonight Show'It looks like Jay Leno's audience wasn't quite sure how they should respond to Bill Maher's comments about the Arizona shootings this past weekend. When he appeared on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM on NBC), Leno asked him for is take on the situation.

Maher immediately launched into a verbal attack on the NRA and gun proponents who stand behind the 2nd Amendment and the Constitution. "If you love guns, just admit it like it's a vice," he said. "It's like alcohol or drugs or sex addiction or gambling."

At one point, he renamed the NRA (National Rifle Association) the Assassins Lobby, because according to Maher, that's what they are. When there was a tepid applause from the crowd, he said, "You can applaud that."

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Cable News Pundits Debate the Impact of Overheated Rhetoric in the Wake of Arizona Shooting (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 11th 2011 6:15PM
The tragic shooting in Arizona this weekend has, in recent days, spurred a debate about the impact that overheated political rhetoric is having on our society. That debate has raged for the past 48 hours on cable news, with pundits on each side of the aisle expressing a wide variety of thoughts, viewpoints and emotions on the issue. We've rounded up reactions from Bill Maher, Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann and Jon Stewart here.

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Bill Maher Likens President Obama to Wayne Brady, Wishes He Was More Like Suge Knight (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 6th 2010 5:50PM
During his on appearance on 'Fareed Zakaria GPS' (Sunday, 10AM ET on CNN) Bill Maher bemoaned the fact that President Obama didn't behave more like Suge Knight, the often incarcerated hip-hop impresario who has a history of violent behavior and unethical business practices.

"He looks beaten down, that's what disturbs me," Maher said, in response to a question about how Obama is handling his mid-term defeat. "I thought, when we elected the first black president, as a comedian, I thought in two years that I'd be making jokes about what a gangsta he was. Not that he's President Wayne Brady, but I thought we were getting Suge Knight."

"(Obama) just seems to be another in a long line of democrats that comes across as wimpy and wussy or whatever word you want to ascribe to it," Maher continued.

Apparently, the word Maher uses for wimpy and wussy is "Wayne Brady," which seems a bit unfair to the Emmy-winning actor and comedian. Maybe if Brady assaults someone -- or dangles Vanilla Ice off a 20 story balcony -- he might finally earn Maher's respect.

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Jon Stewart Responds to Rally Criticism from MSNBC, Bill Maher (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 9th 2010 6:15AM
Jon Stewart Responds to Rally Critics on 'Daily Show'Jon Stewart proved he can take a beating from critics -- including the Left-leaning ones. The 'Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM) host had a tongue-in-cheek response for those who've taken issue with his Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: another rally.

For some background, the program played a collection of negative commentary on the rally, including Keith Olbermann's contention on MSNBC that Stewart drew a "false equivalence between what we do here and what Fox News and the like do there," and Bill Maher's suggestion that Stewart attend church to "reach across the aisle and hold hands and sing with someone on the Right."

Stewart's answer? A new "Rally to Determine Precisely the Percentage of Blame to Be Doled Out to the Left and the Right for Our Problems..." (Yes, it continues.)

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Bill Maher Criticizes the Rally to Restore Sanity: 'You Might as Well Make It About Something' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 8th 2010 10:50AM
Bill Maher was apparently not a fan of the Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear. On Real Time With Bill Maher (Friday, 8 PM ET on HBO), Maher criticized the event, which was put on by Comedy Central personalities Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, for its lack of purpose.

"If you are going to have a rally in which hundreds of thousands of people show up, you might as well make it about something," Maher said.

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Margaret Hoover Claims Zach Galifianakis Was Really Smoking Weed on 'Real Time' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 5th 2010 4:33PM
Comedian Zach Galifianakis caused quite a stir when he lit up what appeared to be a marijuana-filled joint on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' last week. Since then, both he and Maher have denied it was real.

However, Margarat Hoover, who was on the 'Real Time' panel when Galifiankis sparked the J, disputes this denial.

Appearing on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) she had this to say about the incident:

"Now, of course, Maher is saying it was cloves, it was definitely not cloves," she explained.

"I asked Zach afterward, and he said it was THC-free marijuana," she revealed.

Margaret Hoover's great-grandfather, President Hebert Hoover, created the Bureau of Narcotics, which eventually pressured the states into banning marijuana. While we certainly don't think that has anything to do with why Hoover just narked Galifianakis out, it's an interesting little factoid.

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Bill Maher Doubles Down On His Comments That Too Many Babies Named Mohammad Are Being Born in England (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 2nd 2010 6:11PM
Last Friday on 'Real Time With Bill Maher,' Maher said he was alarmed that Mohammad is now the most popular boys name in England. Appearing on "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer," (weekdays 5 PM ET on CNN) Maher further explained -- but didn't at all back away from -- that comment.

"I don't feel like I have to apologize for being a proud westerner," he told Blitzer. "When I say a westerner, I mean someone who believes in the values that Western people believe in, like a lot of the Muslim world does not."

"I would like to keep these values here, and if Muslim people in societies are having babies at rate at 6 or 8 times what the other people are having ... in 200 or 300 years, if Muhammad is the most popular name now, I don't want England to lose those values."

Maher is well-known critic of all religions, so perhaps that's why these Muslim-specific comments haven't kicked up more of a firestorm. Still, these days it's a getting difficult to keep track of what people of which ideologies are allowed to say what about which people on what television stations.

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Zach Galifianakis Lights Up a Joint on 'Real Time' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 1st 2010 2:20PM
On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Friday, 10 PM ET on HBO) the panel was discussing California's ballot initiative Proposition 19, which would legalize various marijuana activities and allow local governments to collect taxes on marijuana sales. Zach Galifianakis decided to make an unusual contribution to the debate.

"It's a tricky thing politically to jump on that bandwagon, Galifianakis said. "Because I think that maybe people see it as taboo still..."

Then, as Lawrence O'Donnell began to say something, the crowd started laughing and applauding because Galifianakis had lit up a joint.

After inhaling with great gusto, Galifianakis passed the joint to Margerat Hoover, who didn't partake but smelled it and confirmed that it was real.

Galifianakis's point was that smoking pot doesn't suddenly make you a dysfunctional freak, as he believes some opponents of Prop 19 think it does. While it's doubtful that Galifianakis's stunt is actually going to influence how any Californian votes Tuesday, it does further confirm the comedian's role as this generation's Andy Kaufman.

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Bill Maher -- I "Created and Destroyed" Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 27th 2010 2:45AM
Bill Maher -- I 'Created and Destroyed' Tea Partier Christine O'DonnellComic and pundit Bill Maher showed up on the new 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS). Bill and host George Lopez had a freewheeling discussion about the state of American politics. Bill also claimed that he had "created" a polarizing figure -- current Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell.

Lopez wasn't a fan of Ms. O'Donnell, calling her a "anti-masturbation witch." At this point, Maher raised his hand in the air -- and took the credit (or the blame) for Christine. "Well, I'm responsible for [her,]" he said. O'Donnell first gained national prominence on 'Politically Incorrect,' Maher's old show.

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