William Maher (born January 20, 1956 in New York City, New York) is an American comedian, political commentator, and television host. He is known for the HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher (2003present) and the similar late-night show called Politically Incorrect, originally on Comedy Central and later on ABC.
Maher is known for his sarcastic attitude, political satire, and sociopolitical commentary. He targets many topics including religion, politics, bureaucracy, political correctness, and the mass media. His critical views of religion in particular were the basis for the 2008 documentary film Religulous, and is also well-known for his support of the legalization of cannabis.