This Friday night is a no miss event on HBO as Bill Maher will have Sean Penn on, who can tell everyone to suck it once again for not getting his joke remark he made with director Alejandro Iñárritu at the Oscars.
Penn, a well reviewed, critically acclaimed actor also has a reputation for culling B.S. and rolling up his sleeves. His unwavering support of Haiti and helping to rebuild New Orleans was extensive in its scope. Penn has finally spoke openly about the green card joke he made at the 87th annual Academy Awards while on a promotional tour for his new film “The Gunman.”
Penn doled out the Best Picture Award at the ceremony, saying, “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” before announcing the winner as “Birdman.” “Birdman’s” director Alejandro Iñárritu, a friend and colleague of Penn’s (they worked together in “21 grams”) for anyone who pays attention to the industry, was born in Mexico and found the remark from his friend hilarious.
Of the comment, Iñárritu said, “I found it hilarious. Sean and I have that kind of brutal (relationship) where only true friendship can survive.”
Maher’s series continues its 13th season Friday, March 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:30 p.m., exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests.
Civil rights activists Annie Clark and Andrea Pino are the top-of-show interview guests. Pino tells her story in a new documentary called “The Hunting Ground.” CNN is planning to broadcast the documentary later this year. She and Annie Clark, another assault survivor featured in the film, talk about the problem of rape on college campuses and what they are doing to address it.
Actor Sean Penn is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are journalist Sharyl Attkisson, Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief, Huffington Post Media Group, and columnist Tom Rogan.
Monsters and Critics has hailed Maher as “a singular voice of pragmatic reason in a landscape of polarized pussies.” while Variety noted, “There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television.”
Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in ten solo specials to date, including the hour-long presentations “Bill Maher: Live from D.C.,” “Bill Maher…But I’m Not Wrong,” “The Decider” and “I’m Swiss” (both nominated for an Emmy® in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category), “Victory Begins at Home,” “Be More Cynical,” “The Golden Goose Special” and “Stuff That Struck Me Funny,” and two half-hour stand-up specials, plus the specials “30 Seconds Over Washington” and “Comic Relief VI™.” Maher is also an executive producer of the innovative news magazine show “VICE,” which is now in its third season on HBO.
Maher was the creator and host of “Politically Incorrect,” which was produced by HBO Downtown Productions and debuted on Comedy Central in 1993. The series moved to ABC in 1997 and ran through 2002. He also produced and starred in the 2008 feature film “Religulous,” the seventh most successful documentary of all time.
Other HBO playdates: March 15 (12:30 p.m.), 16 (3:00 a.m.), 17 (5:00 p.m.) and 18 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: March 13 (3:00 a.m.), 14 (8:15 a.m., 11:30 p.m.), 15 (3:00 p.m.), 16 (8:30 p.m.) and 17 (2:15 a.m.)