Bill Maher has gone from performing on the stand-up comedy stage to hosting his own successful talk show.
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Maher began his comedy career after graduating from Cornell University as an English major. He honed his skills on the New York club scene during the early '80s.
Maher began earning small acting roles in comedies like "D.C. Cab" and he landed a supporting role as a sleazy attorney in the sitcom "Sara" starring Geena Davis.
He was also featured on Comedy Central's "The A-List," HBO's "One Night Stand" and as a special correspondent for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
After his turn in sitcoms and movies, Maher found his perfect forum with the talk show "Politically Incorrect." The show placed Maher at the center of a diverse panel of four guests from the worlds of politics, media, literature and entertainment. Through heated debate mediated by Maher, guests discussed various opinions about the hottest issues of the day.
"Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" launched in 1993 on Comedy Central, where it won four Cable ACE awards. The show then switched to ABC and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.
Ending its run in July 2002, Maher moved over to HBO in 2003 where he can currently be seen on the late-night talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher."
Maher is also a proficient writer. Since May 2005, he has been a contributing blogger for "The Huffington Post." He has also published several books including 2002's "When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism." His most recent book came out in 2011. It's the best-selling "The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass."
In addition to his talk show and writing commitments, Maher continues to make appearances on the big and small screens. In 2012 he was in the film "The Campaign" starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as himself. He has also appeared as himself on TV in an episode of "The Family Guy" in 2011 and of "The Good Wife" in 2012.