Real Time with Bill Maher (tv program)

Bill Maher keeps on doing it his way

Bill Maher keeps on doing it his way

On a recent Friday afternoon in a bungalow on the CBS Television City lot, Bill Maher was leading a crowded meeting of writers and producers. In a few hours his weekly show "Real Time" would go live, and the cramped room — wall decorations: ironically displayed Southern-pride flag, whimsical portrait of Maher and a dog — filled with nervous energy.

The host, always ready with a quip on television, sat at the head of the table in near silence, letting his news-junkie writers hash things out. The subjects ranged from Hillary Clinton's Iraq war record to potential tax reform to footage of college football on a screen overhead that would serve as a joke's visual...

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