COMEDIAN BILL MAHER HONORED WITH 2,417th STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME in the Category of Television
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: Seth MacFarlane and Larry King
at 1634 Vine Street, next to the W Hotel at Hollywood & Vine
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.
Bill Maher was born in New York City and raised in River Vale, New Jersey. After graduating from Cornell University, he got his start doing stand up in New York and his break came when he worked as the host at New York's Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club in 1979. He still performs at least fifty dates a year in Las Vegas and in sold-out theaters all across the country.
For the last seventeen years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on "Politically Incorrect" (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last eight years on HBO's "Real Time," Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-six Emmy nominations. In October of 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher's uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, "Religulous," directed by Larry Charles ("Borat"). The documentary has gone on to become the 7th highest grossing documentary ever.
In addition to his television program – which has featured such regular visitors as Vice President Joe Biden, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, Alec Baldwin and Michael Moore – Maher has written four bestsellers: True Story, Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits, When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden and most recently, New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer.
Three of his nine stand-up specials for HBO – 2007's "The Decider," 2005's "I'm Swiss," as well as his most recent, the hilarious, "Bill Maher … But I'm Not Wrong," – have been nominated for Emmy awards.
Maher's charitable involvement includes: The Race to Erase MS, Global Green, The Humane Society, Hollygrove, Disabled American Veterans, PETA and many others.
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