William “Bill” Maher, Jr.(pronounced /ˈmɑr/; born January 20, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, social critic, political commentator, and author. Before his current role as the host of HBO‘s Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher hosted a similar late-night talk show called Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central and later on ABC.
Maher is known for his political satire and sociopolitical commentary. His commentaries target a wide swath of topics: religion, politics, bureaucracies of many kinds, political correctness, the mass media, greed among people and persons in positions of high political and social power, among many others. He supports the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage and serves on the board of PETA. He is also a critic of religion and is an advisory board member of Project Reason. Maher is number 38 on Comedy Central‘s 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.