Did you catch Real Time on HBO last week?
The Texas clock kid was a hot discussion as host Bill Maher brought up a lack of perspective on what looked like a briefcase with wires and less like a traditional digital clock.
Maher said, “It looks exactly like a fucking bomb…”
This week the conversation continues on Friday, Sept. 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO. Maher’s unique perspective riffs on real news and contemporary issues. The show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests.
This week: Primatologist Jane Goodall is the top-of-show interview guest. Writer/TV show host Spike Feresten is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are actor John Cleese, political commentator S.E. Cupp and political analyst Ron Reagan.
John Cleese and Eric Idle of Monty Python are touring in a new show, “Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time,” which begins its U.S. tour in October.
Comedy writer Spike Feresten, who worked with both David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld, and hosted his own talk show on FOX, is also a car guy. His Esquire series Car Matchmaker captures the joy of pairing the right driver with the right vehicle.
Jane Goodall, 81, is an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and U.N. Messenger of Peace, who revolutionized the way we think about and study animals. It was Goodall who pioneered studying and living with animals in their environments. She’s also a passionate voice for environmentalism, nonviolence, and savoring nature with a sense of wonder. Her new book is “The Jane Effect” from Trinity University Press. “The Jane Effect” celebrates her wide-ranging impact with over 100 testimonials from folks whose lives she’s touched.
Ron and Michael Reagan shared their feelings in a new article in Politico Magazine. In it, they claim their conservative father was beyond compare and that he’d be shocked at the current political pool.
“I think he’d be kind of appalled. I hope that if he’s floating around somewhere, he’s amused, being separated from all this,” said Ron Reagan, 57, a political commentator.
Ron also said the Republican party has his father all wrong, especially when Reagan is compared to GOP current front-leader, Donald Trump.
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. 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: Sept. 27 (1:30 p.m.), 28 (2:30 a.m.), 29 (4:45 p.m.) and 30 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: Sept. 25 (1:15 a.m.), 26 (9:00 a.m., 11:30 p.m.), 27 (7:00 p.m.), 28 (7:30 p.m.) and 29 (8:00 p.m.)
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER is also available on HBO NOW and HBO GO.