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Born: January 20, 1956 Cause of Death:
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"Bill is a first-rate social satirist."---Ralph Nader quoted in People, July 24, 1995.

"He's a great ringleader. He knows when to stir things up, when to agree and not agree. I like fighting with him. He calls me his feminist nemesis."---Roseanne in People, July 24, 1995.

"I told the first AIDS joke: The punchline was, 'I just want to meet an old fashioned girl with gonorrhea.' It released a collective tension. Johnny [Carson] said, 'That's one of the longest laughs I've ever heard.'"---Bill Maher

"The whole point of the show is that there's something funny about everything. And not letting the sadness of life overtake you."---Maher in People, July 24, 1995.

"I said f*** in front of the President. You're not supposed to do that, I found out. He was shocked. He actually never heard the word before and asked me what it meant. No, seriously, he was great. He has such a good sense of humor and obviously enjoys comedy."---Bill Maher in Us, December 1995.

Maher got into trouble in October 1998 for calling former US President Ronald Reagan "a crazy, reckless liar." Some felt it was inappropriate given Mr. Reagan's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease while others, especially Mr. Reagan's son Michael (a radio host) were not pacified by Maher's apology.

The following is a transcript of the comments made on the September 17, 2001 broadcast that landed Maher in hot water: Dinesh D'Souza: "Bill, there's another piece of political correctness I want to mention. And, although I think Bush has been doing a great job, one of the themes we hear constantly is that the people who did this are cowards."

Bill Maher: "Not true."

Dinesh: "Not true. Look at what they did. First of all, you have a whole bunch of guys who are willing to give their life. None of 'em backed out. All of them slammed themselves into pieces of concrete."

Bill: "Exactly."

Dinesh: These are warriors. And we have to realize that the principles of our way of life are in conflict with people in the world. And so, I mean, I'm all for understanding the sociological causes of this, but we should not blame the victim. Americans shouldn't blame themselves because other people want to bomb them."

Bill: "But also, we should, 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. You're right.

Maher later apologized on air for his comments, stating "In no way was I intending to say, nor have I ever thought, that the men and women who defend our nation in uniform are anything but courageous and valiant, and I offer my apologies to anyone who took it wrong.

"My criticism was meant for politicians who, fearing public reaction, have not allowed our military to do the job they are obviously ready, willing and able to do, and who now will, I'm certain, as they always have, get it done."

"Even people who disagree rarely start screaming at each other, they only do that when they're on camera."---Bill Maher to CNN.com, May 12, 2005.

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