Political talk show based on the idea that debate is stifled by too much seriousness. Guests are chosen from the worlds of politics and entertainment, often with the goal of creating conflict (ultra-sensitive special-interest groups matched with outrageous comedians). Nevertheless, a relatively friendly atmosphere is maintained, with none of the swearing or chair-throwing common on 'shock-talk' shows. Regular features have included the "Get Over Yourself" award, given to the week's most self-absorbed public figure.
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Did You Know?
Political commentator Barbara Olson
, who died in the 9/11 attacks, was traveling to L.A. for a taping of the show when her plane was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. In her memory, Bill Maher
left a seat on the panel open for a week. See more
[the quote that some say got the show canceled
We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly.
Referenced in The Practice: Judge Knot