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Guest Programmer: Bill Maher
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Bill Maher Profile

Bill Maher, TCM's Guest Programmer for June, is TV's most outspoken, outrageous and irreverent humorist/political commentator as well as a stand-up comic, actor, writer and producer. Currently starring in Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, this sharp-witted host formerly held court on Politically Incorrect on ABC and Comedy Central. Maher is the star and producer of Religulous (2008), a humorous and sure-to-be-controversial documentary about religion that goes into theatrical release in October.

My Fair Lady (1964), Maher's first programming pick, is his favorite musical - in fact, the only musical he likes. He relates to Rex Harrison's characterization of Professor Higgins as a "curmudgeon."

TCM host Robert Osborne says he is "stunned" by Maher's next choice, The Oscar (1966). Turns out this is one of Bill's "guilty pleasures"- a "great bad movie" with over-the-top performances from a cast of big names including Stephen Boyd and singer Tony Bennett. Maher's advice to the latter star: "Stick to your day job, Tony."

Where the Boys Are (1960) is "another great campy movie" from Maher's youth, interesting to him now as "a period piece" that started the whole phenomenon of college kids piling into Fort Lauderdale for Spring Break.

Maher describes Tootsie (1982) as one of those great comedies that "don't have a joke in them but are funny all the way through."


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