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Bill Maher was born in New York City and grew up in River Vale, NJ. His Irish Catholic father, William, was a news editor for NBC News. His Jewish mother, Julie, was a nurse. Maher was raised in the 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 year, he became a regular host at the club and was spotted by a scout for "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962). 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 in New York. Maher developed the show as a roundtable discussion on current events. "Politically Incorrect" (1994) premiered to critical acclaim and attracted major celebrities as well as politicians and pundits. In 1997 the show moved to ABC in Los Angeles 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" (2003). He remains single and lives in Los Angeles.
First Name
Last Name
Full Name at Birth
William Maher Jr.
Age
64
Date of Birth
Birthplace
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Political Party
Political Affiliation
Net Worth
$100,000,000 USD
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High School
University
Occupation
Stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, author and actor.
Occupation Category
Claim to Fame
`Politically Incorrect`, `Real Time`
Genre
Political satire
Observational Comedy
Black Comedy
Satire
Sarcasm
Political/news satire
Self-Deprecation
Deadpan
Cringe Comedy
Insult Comedy
Year(s) Active
1979–present
Talent Agency
Celebrity Talent International
Splashtalent.com
Brand Endorsements
(2005) TV commercial: Desenex and the City
Official Website
Father
Mother
Julie Maher (née Berman) (Nurse)
Sister(s)
Kathy Maher (teacher)
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