The HBO Friday night salon will see the Senator from Vermont interviewed by Maher, who rigorously defended his opponent Hillary Clinton last week from Andrew Sullivan, a panel guest who Maher became exasperated with after Sullivan went off script and talked about his mother and defended big Pharma. Maher was visibly upset with Sullivan as the conversation took time away from other topics before New Rules.
Vt. Sen. Bernie Sanders is the top-of-show interview guest. Tonight Sanders squares off in the first televised Democratic debate on CNN of this election, as NBC supported Donald Trump promised to live tweet the entire broadcast.
Academic and techie Lawrence Lessig is the mid-show interview guest. CNN has excluded this Democratic presidential hopeful from tonight’s debate in Las Vegas. The Harvard law professor and campaign finance reform crusader, who is considered an expert in internet policy and digital copyright law, is running a single-issue campaign aimed at rooting out the current status quo of money/donations gathered in politics.
Lessig reportedly has raised more than $1 million from 10,000 donors yet CNN requires debate participants to have achieved at least one percent in a combination of three recent national polls.
“Why are the insiders trying to keep me silent?” Lessig asked in a recent Politico Magazine piece in which he suggested that Democratic Party honchos are trying to stifle his campaign finance reform message. Lessig said that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has essentially turned her back on him.
The roundtable guests are political strategist John Feehery, journalist Johann Hari and editor Katrina vanden Heuvel.
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 returns for its fourth season next year 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.
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 18 (12:30 p.m.), 19 (3:35 a.m.), 20 (3:30 p.m.) and 21 (11:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 16 (2:50 a.m.), 17 (8:00 a.m., 1:30 a.m.), 18 (7:00 p.m.), 19 (8:00 p.m.) and 20 (10:00 p.m.)
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER is also available on HBO NOW and HBO GO