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Bill Maher

Bill Maher

Birthday: 20 January 1956, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name: William Maher Jr.
Height: 173 cm

Bill Maher was born William Maher in New York City, New York, and grew up in River Vale, New Jersey. His father, William Aloysius Maher, Jr., who was of Irish descent, was a radio announcer and news e ...Show more

Bill Maher
The Pope is consistently pro-life, I am consistently pro-death. The Pope is consistently pro-life, I am consistently pro-death.
The English are grownups, including their Conservatives, who enjoy a wonderful luxury that Conservat Show more The English are grownups, including their Conservatives, who enjoy a wonderful luxury that Conservatives on this side of the pond do not: they're allowed to be sane. They don't have to pander to creationists and anti-intellectuals. Only in this dumb country do Liberals and Conservatives argue over things like evolution. Hide
Though America likes to think it's No. 1, we have to admit we're behind the developing world in at l Show more Though America likes to think it's No. 1, we have to admit we're behind the developing world in at least one thing: their religious wackos are a lot more wacko than ours. When South Park (1997) got threatened last week by Islamists incensed at their depiction of Mohammed, it served or should serve as a reminder that our culture is not just different than one that makes death threats to cartoonists, it's better. Because when I make a joke about the Pope, he doesn't send one of his Swiss Guards in their striped pantaloons to stick a pike in my ass. When I make a Jewish joke, Rabbis might kvetch about it but they don't pull out a scimitar and threaten an adult circumcision. And when I insult Scientology, the worst that happens is... [the studio apparently suffers a power cut for a moment] Hide
[on people who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election]it's depressing to think you Show more [on people who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election]it's depressing to think you share the country with so many people who you share nothing with. Hide
[To participants at the launch of the 2011-12 TV season] Thank you very much to the three people who Show more [To participants at the launch of the 2011-12 TV season] Thank you very much to the three people who applauded. It is really something to be back here at the job fair. Hide
We are a nation that was founded by people who were trying to get away from religious dogmatism and Show more We are a nation that was founded by people who were trying to get away from religious dogmatism and the authority of kings and priests. The founding documents are very vague. They talk about "the Creator" but nothing very specific - nothing at all about Jesus Christ. You'd think, if it was [to be] a Christian nation they would mention Jesus in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. That alone should tell you something. They [the religious right] try to take quotes out of context. Jefferson wrote that bible where he took out all "woo-woo" from Jesus; just left the philosopher. And he [Jesus] is a great philosopher. We can all admire the philosophy. Hide
It seems to me a very strange moment in our history to be pushing libertarianism. I said many, many Show more It seems to me a very strange moment in our history to be pushing libertarianism. I said many, many years ago that I was a libertarian, like in the early '90s, and I've heard people say, "Well, Bill, you just really care about smoking pot and sex." Exactly, that's really what it was, you got me. But at this moment when BP, a private corporation, is ruining an entire ocean, when Wall Street private companies brought down an entire economy; isn't that a strange moment to be pushing for libertarianism? Hide
I hate religion. I think it's a neurological disorder. I hate religion. I think it's a neurological disorder.
We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in Show more We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly. Hide
[when asked what he liked about the Playboy mansion] The food is out of this world! [when asked what he liked about the Playboy mansion] The food is out of this world!
I'm pro-choice, I'm for assisted suicide, I'm for regular suicide, I'm for whatever gets the freeway Show more I'm pro-choice, I'm for assisted suicide, I'm for regular suicide, I'm for whatever gets the freeway moving - that's what I'm for. It's too crowded, the planet is too crowded and we need to promote death. Hide
I think people hate us around the world because they perceive that we waste what we could share. And Show more I think people hate us around the world because they perceive that we waste what we could share. And they're not totally wrong about that. We have a holiday where we stuff food into other food... I mean, Thanksgiving is really typical of how we think about third-world indigenous people. We celebrate the one nice moment we ever had with the Indians. Hide
I want America to go towards the light! God, there's so many areas where it needs to be patched up a Show more I want America to go towards the light! God, there's so many areas where it needs to be patched up and fixed. In general, I want to see America get out of the [Iraq] war, so that we have the money and the energy to do something else. I want us, obviously, to address the environmental problems that are becoming so frightening. The frogs are dying, the bees are dying, the glaciers are melting. I don't know what has to happen before the world takes notice. And, you know, America always bragging that it is Number One. Well, if it's Number One, it's got to take the lead. And it hasn't taken the lead, so why should other countries fall in line behind us? Hide
I got into some trouble with the Catholic League; not the first time, [they're] not my biggest fans; Show more I got into some trouble with the Catholic League; not the first time, [they're] not my biggest fans; because I said in our little essay ending the show, I said, "The Pope," and I looked at it again, I looked at the words carefully, "used to be a Nazi." Okay, now first of all, it was a joke, okay? We were in a comedic context. I said, "He used to be a Nazi, and he wears funny hats, and ladies, he's single." So, right away, we're in the context of a joke, okay, and "used to." Okay, but, you know, you got me. The Pope was not a Nazi. When he was a teenager, he was in the Hitler Youth, which meant that he said the oath directly to [Adolf Hitler] and not to the Nazis, which is sort of worse! But, but wait a second, the thing that argues for their side of this is that, you know what, he was coerced into that. He was a teenager. I wouldn't blame any teen, he was a fourteen-year-old kid in Nazi Germany, of course he's going to do what they tell him to do. So, on that score, you know what my Catholic friends, I will never make the Pope is a Nazi joke again, because you're technically right, okay, and also because it distracts from the main point. And the main point I was making was that if the Pope instead of a religious figure was the CEO of a chain of nationwide daycare centers, who had thousands of employees who had been caught molesting children and then covering it up, he would have been in jail. And I noticed they didn't say a word about that! Hide
He was fast and furious, and I think there's something else behind there that you can't really quant Show more He was fast and furious, and I think there's something else behind there that you can't really quantify or define. You could just tell there was a humanity in Robin Williams. Hide
Republicans are always saying we should privatize things like schools, prisons, social security -- h Show more Republicans are always saying we should privatize things like schools, prisons, social security -- hey, how about we privatize privacy! Because if the government forbids gay men from tying the knot, what is their alternative? They can't all marry Liza Minnelli. Hide
Ladies and gentlemen, on September 11 2001, America was attacked by a squad of Saudi Arabians, worki Show more Ladies and gentlemen, on September 11 2001, America was attacked by a squad of Saudi Arabians, working out of Germany, Pakistan and Afghanistan. And by that I mean, we were attacked by Iraq. Hide
I get the Playboy thing a lot. People assume I go out with bimbos. I couldn't go out with bimbos if Show more I get the Playboy thing a lot. People assume I go out with bimbos. I couldn't go out with bimbos if I tried! I scare them off! The women that like me are smart. So I go to the Playboy Mansion four or five times a year, but people think I go all the time. Hide
[on Charlie Hebdo's death] Who did this? Muslim terrorists. This happens all too frequently. It's li Show more [on Charlie Hebdo's death] Who did this? Muslim terrorists. This happens all too frequently. It's like Groundhog Day, except the Groundhog keeps getting his head cut off. Hide
The cable TV sex channels don't expand our horizons, don't make us better people, and don't come in Show more The cable TV sex channels don't expand our horizons, don't make us better people, and don't come in clearly enough. Hide
If you think we can solve the environment with everyone recycling, you're crazy. It's like saying Wo Show more If you think we can solve the environment with everyone recycling, you're crazy. It's like saying World War II could have been won by everyone saving tin. Hide
[on drug-troubled mayor Marion Barry] (He) promised to get drugs off the street, one gram at a time. [on drug-troubled mayor Marion Barry] (He) promised to get drugs off the street, one gram at a time.
The Founding Fathers were more deists. If you had to categorize them as anything. There was some sor Show more The Founding Fathers were more deists. If you had to categorize them as anything. There was some sort of moving prime force. But it's an impersonal force. Some people call it Nature. Certainly not this personal god who you have a personal relationship with, who listens to your prayers and answers them, or doesn't. You know, not the silly stuff that most Americans believe because we're such a dumb nation. Hide
Religious people don't need to be ethical, because religion is mostly about salvation. It's about cl Show more Religious people don't need to be ethical, because religion is mostly about salvation. It's about closing your eyes, very tightly, and believing in someone so much, without question, that when you die he will save your ass. Religion is about saving your ass. And that ain't ethical. There's a million reasons I could give you as to why a religious person is less moral than an ethicist, but here's just one. Religious people think that animals don't have a soul - we're so sure people do - so it's okay to torture and kill and do anything you want to animals because there's some bullshit in the Bible about how we have dominion over them and they don't have a soul. For that reason alone I dislike religion. Hide
One thing people don't often ask me is "What do you actually believe? We know what you don't believe Show more One thing people don't often ask me is "What do you actually believe? We know what you don't believe." I mostly preach the doctrine of "I don't know." It doesn't trouble me that much that there are big questions that I can't answer. I've never been able to answer them; I never will. I just kind of let it go. "Where did we all come from?" "What's the meaning of it all?" "What happens when you die?" Who the fuck knows? What I do know is that it gets my Irish up, to beg the point of our interview, when people make up stories and sell an invisible product. It's such a scam. I just think people should man-up, suck it up, and just say "I don't know," instead of closing their eyes very tightly and insisting on believing something that part of them must know is not true. So when people say, "Yeah, but could it be Jesus Christ?" Yes, it could be. And it could be the lint in my navel. It could be a lot of things. I tend to doubt very strongly [the story of] Jesus Christ or any other story that just smacks of the kind of thing that primitive men would come up with. Hide
Kids, they're not easy, but there has to be some penalty for sex. Kids, they're not easy, but there has to be some penalty for sex.
There's no greater model, in my view, than Jesus Christ. There's no greater model, in my view, than Jesus Christ.
I'm not even sure that they [Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert] are getting at the truth. I mean, just Show more I'm not even sure that they [Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert] are getting at the truth. I mean, just because you're on the side of the liberals doesn't make it true. People are lazy. And I'm talking about media people too. So they're very insecure about what's the right answer, and if someone with confidence gives an answer, and it seems right and people are applauding, they all flock to it. It's a sad state of affairs when the people who are supposed to be separating truth from fiction themselves don't know what it is. It's like having a bad teacher in school. If the teacher doesn't know, then the kids can't know. And if the media isn't up to their job in delivering the news then the people are not going to be well informed. Hide
[from a 1998 "Mother Jones" interview] My generation didn't face the kind of urgent, pressing issues Show more [from a 1998 "Mother Jones" interview] My generation didn't face the kind of urgent, pressing issues that my parents did, who fought through a war and a Depression and know what suffering is. That's why Bob Dole had a tough time with this electorate. He was an old-fashioned curmudgeon who knew about sacrifice, and we didn't know if we could live up to his standards. But we knew we could live up to Bill Clinton's. He's more like one of us. Hide
All I did was tell the truth. That's is what the whole show is about! And if Politically Incorrect ( Show more All I did was tell the truth. That's is what the whole show is about! And if Politically Incorrect (1993) has to go down for it, so be it! Hide
I saw this anti-drug commercial that showed a kid smoking pot in his dad's room with his friend. Thi Show more I saw this anti-drug commercial that showed a kid smoking pot in his dad's room with his friend. This kid finds a gun, the gun accidentally goes off and kills his friend. Only in America is the villain in this commercial not guns or bad parenting, but pot. Hide
You know they're talking about 60 votes they need. Forget this stuff. You can't get Americans to agr Show more You know they're talking about 60 votes they need. Forget this stuff. You can't get Americans to agree on anything. Sixty - percent? Sixty percent of people don't believe in evolution in this country. He just needs to drag them to it. Just drag them to this. Hide
[on his Johnny Carson] He was my comedy god more than any of them. Also, he's just a cool guy. When Show more [on his Johnny Carson] He was my comedy god more than any of them. Also, he's just a cool guy. When you're that age, it's the same reason you like James Bond. He has control. Girls like him. Everything I wasn't. You gotta aspire. Hide
It doesn't sound crazy to us, that story [Christianity], because we're used to it. It doesn't sound crazy to us, that story [Christianity], because we're used to it.
Sarah Palin says "I truly believe I will see Jesus Christ return in my lifetime", to which I say "Ha Show more Sarah Palin says "I truly believe I will see Jesus Christ return in my lifetime", to which I say "Hasn't Jesus suffered enough?". Hide
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