Type
News/Talk Show
Premiered
Feb. 21, 2003
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
HBO TV Network
Genre

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Real Time With Bill Maher

"Real Time with Bill Maher" is a weekly HBO talk show series hosted by comedian and political satirist Bill Maher. Episodes include an opening political sketch, a monolog, a panel of three well educated celebrities two guests (live or via satellite), and at the end "New Rules."The panel members normally represent a wide spectrum of American politics,

Trivia Facts | Top Quotes | Goofs/Mistakes
  • The series is broadcast live and uncensored.
  • An episode scheduled for November 9, 2007 was canceled due to the 2007 Writers Strike. The scheduled guests were Ben Affleck, George Carlin, and Tom Brokaw.
  • Maher originally wanted the series to be titled "True Dat" but HBO rejected it. Maher settled for "Real Time" but does not like the title.
  • The fourteenth season finale was the first episode to air after the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. The fifteenth season premiere aired on Inauguration Day in 2017.
  • Bill Maher receives a standing ovation from the attendees in the audience every time he walks on stage to start an episode. As tonight's panel walked on stage off camera the crowd slowly rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation as Michael Moore walked on stage. No other guest on the show has received a standing ovation from the audience.
  • As of 2007, this is the only episode of the show that was not broadcast live. It is also the only episode not to be taped in the show's Los Angeles studio. It was taped in Washington, D.C.
  • This was the first episode to have only two guests on the panel instead of the usual three. Bill Maher stated that the reason was the show "ran out of money".
  • The first few seconds of Maher's monologue were inaudible due to technical difficulties with his clip-on microphone. Maher had to perform his monologue using a hand-held mic handed to him by a stagehand.
  • This episode garnered publicity when several members of the "9/11 Truth Movement" began protesting during the show. After several interruptions, Maher went into the audience and helped eject the protestors from the studio.
  • This was the first episode not to have an opening monologue.
  • Maajid Nawaz is credited on screen two different ways, first as "Author, 'Radical'" and second as "Co-Founder, Quilliam."
  • Al Sharpton is credited on screen two different ways, first as "Author, 'The Rejected Stone'" and second as "Host, MSNBC's 'PoliticsNation.'"
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz (as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz) is credited on screen two different ways, first as "Author, 'For The Next Generation'" and second as "(D) Florida."
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson is credited on screen three different ways, first as "Author, 'Space Chronicles,'" second as "Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History," and third as "Professor, The Inexplicable Universe."
  • Rob Reiner is credited on screen two different ways, first as "Director/Actor'" and second as "Writer/Producer."
  • John Heilemann is credited on screen two different ways, first as "Author, 'Double Down: Game Change 2012,'" and second as "Co-Author, 'Double Down.'"
  • Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is credited on screen three different ways, first as "Fellow, UT's LBJ School of Public Affairs," second as "Telemundo, Political Analyst," and third as "Senior Analyst, Latino Decisions."
  • At the end of this episode as the credits rolled, Bill Maher was chatting with actor Bryan Cranston and Nick Gillespie was chatting with Dan Savage. Ann Coulter was left to sit with her arms folded.
  • First episode to air after the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.
  • Aired the day Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. Coincidentally, it was also the birthdays of host Bill Maher and Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager.

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