Want some hard-hitting politics with a healthy dose of comic relief thrown in? Then, Bill Maher is certainly your guy. Maher is a popular American comedian/talk show host who is renowned for his cynical political commentary. He has hosted two highly successful talk shows and has received numerous accolades; including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In a world where many people shy away from politics, Maher has no qualms about stating his beliefs loud and clear.
Bill Maher’s Bio (Age)
William Maher Jr. was born on the 20th of January 1956 in New York City. His father’s name is William Aloysius Maher Jr. while his mother’s name is Julie (née Berman). His father is a Catholic Irish-American while his mother is a Hungarian Jew. Asides his parents, the comedian also has a sister named Kathy Maher.
Bill Maher grew up in New Jersey, specifically Riverdale, and attended Pascack Hills High School. He obtained his high school diploma in 1974 and thereafter proceeded to the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. While there, he majored in English and history and received his degree in 1978. While in college, the young Maher financed his studies by selling marijuana.
Bill Maher’s journey to comedy stardom started when he was quite young. As a child, he adored legendary late-night host, Johnny Carson, and aspired to go in that direction. He, however, did not put this aspiration into work until his junior year when he performed his first stand-up act at a Chinese restaurant located in New Jersey. From thereon, Maher became a regular fixture in the comedy clubs scene in New York. He frequently performed at the Rising Star Comedy Club and during one of such performances, he was spotted and offered a chance to work with his idol in 1982. Bill Maher spent much of the 80s appearing in movies and TV shows and finally got his breakthrough in 1992 on the Comedy Central show, Indecision.
The show provided a hilarious coverage of the 1992 presidential election and helped to launch Maher to the national spotlight. It also laid the foundation that much of his future career would take. Since his breakthrough on Indecision, Maher has hosted two highly successful comedy/political shows. The first is the late night show, Politically Incorrect, which debuted in 1993. The show featured a diverse panel discussing topical issues with Maher providing the opening monologue. Politically Incorrect ran for nine years and received several awards. It was however canceled after Maher made some controversial 9/11 remarks. Following this, the New York native did not waste any time in launching a second show, known as Real Time with Bill Maher, in 2003. The weekly show features activist, authors, politicians, and journalists discussing the week’s events.
Girlfriend, Wife, Is He Gay?
The American comic and political commentator, Bill Maher, is not gay. However, he is a firm supporter of gay rights and has received several accolades from GALECA – the society of LGBTQ entertainment critics. When it comes to marriage, Maher has never been married and doesn’t plan to ever marry as he sees it as a form of slavery. However, this has not stopped him from having an interesting love life.
The comic has previously dated a diverse array of ladies including Coco Johnsen, a glamour model and Cara Santa Maria, a journalist, TV Host, podcaster and scientist. These days, Maher is in a relationship with award-winning singer and songwriter, Anjulie Persaud. The couple commenced their relationship in 2014.
Anjulie Persuad is a native of Canada and was born on the 21st of May 1983. She is of Canadian, Guyanese and Indian descent. She has released some full-length albums and has also collaborated with heavyweights such as Nicki Minaj and Kelly Clarkson.
Net Worth – How Rich Is Bill Maher?
Maher is one of the richest comedians in the world and has a net worth of $100 million. His income stems from his two TV shows, the several movies and TV shows he has featured in, his highly-successful comedy specials, and the various books he has authored.
Bill Maher has received several awards in the course of his successful and controversial, career. They include the 1995 and 1996 CableACE Awards for Best Talk Show Series, the 2007 PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Variety Television, and the 2016 WGA Award for Comedy And Variety Talk Series Of The Year.
Bill Maher is certainly a giant in terms of his achievements in the entertainment and broadcasting industry. However, when it comes to his physical size, he is of average height. The TV host is 5 feet 8 inches tall and his weight is given as 74kg. His hair colour is salt and pepper, due to age, while his eye color is grey.
Maher firmly believes that a good diet, as well as physical exercise, is the secret of good health. There is no doubt that both factors have contributed to his spritely physique.