Yet while Maher has never hidden the joy he takes in busting on Trump—or, for that matter, his broadly Democratic leanings—he has distinguished himself from John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers by sucker-punching the Left as gleefully as he does the Right.Before introducing his panel, he talked one-on-one with Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, about why Americans chronically vote against their interests. He finished his routine by urging a standing ovation for Maher, who blew a kiss to the audience as he moved toward his mark on the stage.'s format is a throwback to a seventies talk show—with a monologue, an interview, a panel discussion, some jokes, and a closing argument—but here everything is done without the benefit of breath-catching commercial breaks.
The future president, determined to prove himself a thin-skinned primate by other means, sued over the joke, allowing Maher to carry on, in his words, "a three-month national debate over whether his mother fucked an ape." The week after his Putin joke, Maher would pantomime Ivanka Trump jerking off her father to keep him calm.
The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.”Franken and Maher have had a longstanding personal and professional relationship that includes not only regular appearances by the senator on the comedian’s current show, but a running bit on his earlier program “Politically Incorrect” which ran on Comedy Central and ABC from 1993 to 2002.
In the series of sketches, “Strange Bedfellows,” the future progressive senator debated topics of the day with the then-conservative (and future liberal media giant) Arianna Huffington.
Democratic senator Al Franken of Minnesota won’t be appearing on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” following the controversy created by the host’s use of the N-word during an interview with Sen. A statement released by the senator’s staff and published on Huff Post reads, “Senator Franken believes that what Bill Maher said was inappropriate and offensive, which is why he made the decision not to appear on the next episode of ‘Real Time.’” The statement continues, “He was glad to see Bill, who the Senator considers to be a good friend, apologize and express sincere regret for his comment.”Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show.
It continued, “Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment.