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WATCH: Heated Ben Affleck blasts Bill Maher for 'gross' and 'racist' views on Islam

WATCH: Heated Ben Affleck blasts Bill Maher for 'gross' and 'racist' views on Islam

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) --An episode of "Real Time With Bill Maher" got heated when an impassioned Ben Affleck clashed with the Bill Maher and Sam Harris over their views on Islam.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

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Bill Maher to Pussy Riot: Is Putin gay?

Bill Maher to Pussy Riot: Is Putin gay?

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- Bill Maher discussed with Russian anti-Putin activist group Pussy Riot whether Russian President Vladimir Putin is gay on his Friday night episode of Real Time.
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Comedian David Brenner dies at 78

Comedian David Brenner dies at 78

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- Philadelphia-born comedian David Brenner died after struggling with cancer, his publicist said. Brenner was 78.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
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Rihanna's mom presents her with Icon Award at the AMAs [VIDEO]

Rihanna's mom presents her with Icon Award at the AMAs [VIDEO]

Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Bill Maher and Rihanna's mom presented the singer with the so-called "Icon Award" during Sunday night's American Music Awards.
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Akon, Dave Grohl, 2 Chainz to be presenters at the AMAs

Akon, Dave Grohl, 2 Chainz to be presenters at the AMAs

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Jennifer Hudson, Marc Anthony, Fall Out Boy and Michael Bolton are to be presenters at Sunday's American Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, ABC said.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.
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'Boardwalk,' 'Girls' up for top writing awards

'Boardwalk,' 'Girls' up for top writing awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The Writers Guild of America has nominated "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad" "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Mad Men" for its Best TV Drama Award.
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Bill Maher won't apologize for comedy

Bill Maher won't apologize for comedy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Bill Maher told Politico he has no intention of apologizing for controversial remarks he makes on HBO's "Real Time" -- or elsewhere.
Hart, Gervais booked for N.Y. comedy fest

Hart, Gervais booked for N.Y. comedy fest

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Kevin Hart, Robin Williams, Aziz Ansari and Ricky Gervais are booked to perform at this fall's New York Comedy Festival, organizers said.

TV sex adviser Dan Savage signs with CAA

HOLLYWOOD, June 2 (UPI) -- Rising U.S. television personality Dan Savage has signed on with the top-tier talent agency CAA, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Obama campaign rejects Maher 'cult' remark

CHICAGO, May 22 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's re-election campaign repudiated U.S. comic Bill Maher's portrayal of GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney's Mormon religion as a "cult."
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(L to R) Arianna Huffington, Joy Behar, Bill Maher and girlfriend Cara Santa Maria arrive at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington on May 1, 2010. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn
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William "Bill" Maher, Jr. ( /ˈmɑːr/; born January 20, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, author and actor. Before his current role as the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher hosted a similar late-night talk show called Politically Incorrect originally on Comedy Central and later on ABC.

Maher is known for his political satire and sociopolitical commentary, which targets a wide swath of topics: religion, politics, bureaucracies of many kinds, political correctness, the mass media, greed among people and persons in positions of high political and social power, the lack of intellectual curiosity of the electorate, among many topics. He supports the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage, and serves on the board of PETA. He is also a critic of religion and is an advisory board member of Project Reason, a foundation to promote scientific knowledge and secular values within society. Maher currently ranks number 38 on Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. Bill Maher got a Hollywood Walk of Fame star on September 14, 2010. His is the 2,417th star dedicated on the famous sidewalk.

Maher was born in New York City, the son of Julie (née Berman), a nurse, and William Maher, Sr., a network news editor and radio announcer. He was raised in his Irish American father's Catholic religion, remaining unaware that his mother was Jewish until his early teenage years. Maher's family stopped attending church services when Maher was thirteen, due to his father's disagreement with the Catholic Church's position on birth control.

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