HBO host Bill Maher gave an extensive interview to an Alabama newspaper about the current state of comedy in America amid deep political strife in the country.
Maher spoke with AL.com about his upcoming tour of some southern cities and recalled the joys of a recent show in Nashville, where audiences seemed torn between conservatives and liberals.
“It was great to see where there were people who disagree politically who can walk into the same room,” he told the newspaper. “There were a few moans from the right when I said something bad about them, and some from the left when it happened. But deep down, everyone laughed together. And we have to get back to it. . “
Maher, a self-described old-school liberal, was not always adopted by conservatives, but they warmed to him after he became something of an antagonist against the “revival.” And the criticisms of Maher, a comedian who despises former President Trump, seem to outweigh the daily conservative commentators.
He notably sent a message to the Democratic Party in November, during an appearance on CNN. “The reason you’re so toxic is because you’ve become the party of nonsense,” he said at the time.
Maher told the newspaper the late night hosts were a departure from Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and David Letterman, who he said largely “played in the middle.”
He said each show is aimed at its liberal audience and “echoes the mantra of the left.”
Maher said social media has turned politics into constant debate and “it has to stop.” He accused some on the left of claiming a high moral position in many of these discussions.
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“I think you can claim high morality if you are anti,” he told the newspaper. “I feel like it’s the Achilles heel of the left right now. They identify issues primarily by what they may feel superior to another person for,” he said.
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