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Bill Maher talks about not throwing punches

If you laughed at something Bill Maher said recently on HBO's “Real Time,” which has aired on Friday nights for the past 21 years, beware. The joke could fall on you next time. No one is immune to Maher's humor or what he thinks is true: “If you're going to turn your party over to a foreign power, at least choose the right one. Russia? Are you kidding? That's the right thing to do.” It's like they looked at all the companies they could merge with and chose Sears! ”) and the left wing (“You call yourself the Resistance? Then fight behind enemy lines. That’s what the Resistance does. That’s the difference between bombing”) and tanks. Tweet about it. Get out of your echo chamber and into theirs!”).

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Comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO's “Real Time.”

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When asked if he could make an audience laugh and think at the same time, Maher replied, “Of course. The great thing about laughter is that it happens unconsciously. So when you laugh at something, something inside you… tells me it's true.'' It must be true. I laughed! Maybe I shouldn't have done that.

He says that every platitude he writes or says is, “Stay true. Don't be tribal. Say something just because one audience claps or boos.'' It's not an ideological solution, it's a practical solution.” And don't punch. ”

Maher, 68, has swung for high and low goals throughout his career, but he's also taken some hits along the way. But he still happily stirs up controversy, as he told “Real Time” viewers: “The correct response to speech you don’t like is more It’s speech, not lazy and mean-spirited reactions like “cancelling” people. ”

That attitude explains the title of his new book, “What This Comedian Said Will Shock You,” to be published by Simon & Schuster on May 21. This is a compilation based on Mr. Maher's long-standing commentary on “Real Time.”

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“I wanted to know whether the world had changed or whether I had changed more,” he said. “I've been digging and reading editorials for years and years and years, and I wanted to find the answer. I speak for the norm. You know, I'm tired of partisanship. “I don't want to hate half the country, and I don't hate half the country. ”

Costa said, “You write a lot in this book that the left frustrates you and sometimes annoys you, but the right often alarms you, right?”

“Yes, they are very alert!” Maher replied. “They're very alarming. Even more alarming.”

But if he thinks the right should be more alarmed than the left, why not just shine the spotlight on them? “The truth is not that one-sided,” Maher said. “Democrats have always opposed Trump with the following ideas. The public should not be able to vote for this man. And people say, look at me. Hold my beer.see me vote for him again. Don't just say; Oh, he was lying. Yes, we too know he is a liar He's Donald Trump! he can't help himself. he is crazy I mean, I think he's literally crazy. I think there's some kind of malignant narcissism, but it's not just a personality quirk, it's diagnosable, and he suffers from it. ”

Costa asked, “If you had him on Real Time, what would you ask him?”

“Would you please leave?” Maher laughed.

He said President Trump had been invited to appear on the show, adding: “Of course we asked everyone, anyone of that stature. He knew he had an invitation to appear. “But I don't think they really hate it.” Because he keeps chasing me. ”

“He watches the show,” Costa said.

“It's a coincidence! It's always a coincidence,” Maher said. “He 'happens' to watch it every week. It's amazing!”

In fact, conservatives do not shy away from “real time.” Last year, President Trump's Attorney General William Barr was a guest. Maher said the liberal response was “exactly what I hate about this country. Is it really possible to do that? How can you platform someone?

“So you're going to have to talk to people, and you might find out they're not the monsters you think they are. I mean, Bill Barr's (I thought) Will he apologize for his horrible actions? The Mueller report came out and he basically lied, but this is what I call a good Republican, he came out and Trump was elected. I said I lost.Current Republican Party: Do you think elections are only worth it if you win?

“Be as good as you can,” rather than what you wish for, may be Maher's motto in politics and life. did it Maybe so, but recognize that what he sees is real (and accept you if you aren't).


Read an excerpt: “What This Comedian Said Will Shock You” By Bill Maher
A new book by the host of HBO's “Real Time” takes aim at those who brazenly invoke today's standards to rewrite history in ways that even “Star Trek” would think went too far.


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Story produced by Ed Forgotson and Robert Marston. Editor: Joseph Flandino.

Summarize this content to 100 words If you laughed at something Bill Maher said recently on HBO's “Real Time,” which has aired on Friday nights for the past 21 years, beware. The joke could fall on you next time. No one is immune to Maher's humor or what he thinks is true: “If you're going to turn your party over to a foreign power, at least choose the right one. Russia? Are you kidding? That's the right thing to do.” It's like they looked at all the companies they could merge with and chose Sears! ”) and the left wing (“You call yourself the Resistance? Then fight behind enemy lines. That’s what the Resistance does. That’s the difference between bombing”) and tanks. Tweet about it. Get out of your echo chamber and into theirs!”).

Comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO's “Real Time.”

CBS News

When asked if he could make an audience laugh and think at the same time, Maher replied, “Of course. The great thing about laughter is that it happens unconsciously. So when you laugh at something, something inside you… tells me it's true.'' It must be true. I laughed! Maybe I shouldn't have done that.”He says that every platitude he writes or says is, “Stay true. Don't be tribal. Say something just because one audience claps or boos.'' It's not an ideological solution, it's a practical solution.” And don't punch. ”

Maher, 68, has swung for high and low goals throughout his career, but he's also taken some hits along the way. But he still happily stirs up controversy, as he told “Real Time” viewers: “The correct response to speech you don’t like is more It’s speech, not lazy and mean-spirited reactions like “cancelling” people. ”That attitude explains the title of his new book, “What This Comedian Said Will Shock You,” to be published by Simon & Schuster on May 21. This is a compilation based on Mr. Maher's long-standing commentary on “Real Time.”

simon & schuster

“I wanted to know whether the world had changed or whether I had changed more,” he said. “I've been digging and reading editorials for years and years and years, and I wanted to find the answer. I speak for the norm. You know, I'm tired of partisanship. “I don't want to hate half the country, and I don't hate half the country. ”

Costa said, “You write a lot in this book that the left frustrates you and sometimes annoys you, but the right often alarms you, right?””Yes, they are very alert!” Maher replied. “They're very alarming. Even more alarming.”But if he thinks the right should be more alarmed than the left, why not just shine the spotlight on them? “The truth is not that one-sided,” Maher said. “Democrats have always opposed Trump with the following ideas. The public should not be able to vote for this man. And people say, look at me. Hold my beer.see me vote for him again. Don't just say; Oh, he was lying. Yes, we too know he is a liar He's Donald Trump! he can't help himself. he is crazy I mean, I think he's literally crazy. I think there's some kind of malignant narcissism, but it's not just a personality quirk, it's diagnosable, and he suffers from it. ”Costa asked, “If you had him on Real Time, what would you ask him?”

“Would you please leave?” Maher laughed. He said President Trump had been invited to appear on the show, adding: “Of course we asked everyone, anyone of that stature. He knew he had an invitation to appear. “But I don't think they really hate it.” Because he keeps chasing me. ” “He watches the show,” Costa said. “It's a coincidence! It's always a coincidence,” Maher said. “He 'happens' to watch it every week. It's amazing!”In fact, conservatives do not shy away from “real time.” Last year, President Trump's Attorney General William Barr was a guest. Maher said the liberal response was “exactly what I hate about this country. Is it really possible to do that? How can you platform someone? “So you're going to have to talk to people, and you might find out they're not the monsters you think they are. I mean, Bill Barr's (I thought) Will he apologize for his horrible actions? The Mueller report came out and he basically lied, but this is what I call a good Republican, he came out and Trump was elected. I said I lost.Current Republican Party: Do you think elections are only worth it if you win?”Be as good as you can,” rather than what you wish for, may be Maher's motto in politics and life. did it Maybe so, but recognize that what he sees is real (and accept you if you aren't).

Read an excerpt: “What This Comedian Said Will Shock You” By Bill MaherA new book by the host of HBO's “Real Time” takes aim at those who brazenly invoke today's standards to rewrite history in ways that even “Star Trek” would think went too far. For more information: Story produced by Ed Forgotson and Robert Marston. Editor: Joseph Flandino.

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Robert Costa is CBS News' chief election and campaign correspondent, covering domestic politics and American democracy.

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