The New York City native was born into what he believed to be an Irish Catholic family. He began to self-identify as half Jewish upon discovering his mother's heritage; a realization which plays heavily in his stand-up comedy. Maher earned a BA in English and History from Cornell before starting his career as a comedian in the late '70s. Bill Maher stand-up comedy shows were his bread and butter and he was able to book appearances on late night shows of Johnny Carson and David Letterman in the early '80s.
In 1993, Maher was picked up by Comedy Central to host Politically Incorrect. The format of the show was groundbreaking and featured Maher's comedic, sincere, and controversial take on everyday America. Maher invited his guests, often times high profile politicians, celebrities, and experts to engage in lively and heated debates. The show moved to ABC where it ran until 2002. Maher was then picked up by HBO to produce and star in a similarly formatted weekly show entitled Real Time with Bill Maher. The freedom that HBO has allowed Maher, has been unprecedented and the show has been nominated for ten Emmy Awards since debuting nearly a decade ago. All together, Maher has been nominated for nearly 22 Emmy's, but has never won!
In addition to his hosting duties, Bill Maher maintains an active stand-up schedule, he is an author, and he continues to appear in films. The comedian has filmed nearly ten HBO comedy specials featuring his stand-up. While he holds the record for the most Emmy nominations without a win, Maher has been honored with several huge accolades. He is currently ranked #38 on Comedy Central's list of the best stand-up comedians of all time and in September, 2010 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Come out and catch this controversial comedian's live show when he visits your area. Bill Maher stand-up comedy tour 2011 dates are currently scheduled nationally and the comedian is eager to make you nervous, uneasy, and hysterical. Use Eventful as your source for Bill Maher's stand-up comedy dates and tour schedule.