Bill Maher Returns to Raleigh on April 21st

Bill Maher's waspish social commentary is often "Politically Incorrect"
Bill Maher's waspish social commentary is often "Politically Incorrect"

Bill Maher's waspish social commentary is often "Politically Incorrect"
Bill Maher's waspish commentary is often "Politically Incorrect"

AC Entertainment and Broadway Series South will present acerbic comedian and political commentator Bill Maher at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21st, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Series South previously brought the irreverent comedian to the City of Oaks for two sold-out shows on Feb. 12 and 13, 2010.

According to Broadway Series South:

“For the last 15 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on ‘Politically Incorrect’ (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last seven years on HBO’s ‘Real Time,’ Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 21 Emmy nominations.

“In October of 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, Religulous, directed by Larry Charles (Borat). The documentary has gone on to become the seventh-highest-grossing documentary ever.

“In addition to his television program — which has featured such regular visitors as John Edwards, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, Alec Baldwin, and Michael Moore — Maher has written four bestsellers: True Story [1994]; Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? ‘Politically Incorrect’s’ Greatest Hits [1996]; When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden [2003]; and, most recently, New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer [2005].

“[Bill] Maher started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979, and still performs at least 50 dates a year in Las Vegas and in sold-out theaters all across the country. Two of his eight stand-up specials for HBO — 2007’s ‘The Decider’ and 2005’s ‘I’m Swiss’ — have been nominated for Emmy Awards.

“Maher was born in New York City, raised in River Vale, NJ, and went to Cornell University. He now resides in Los Angeles.”

SECOND OPINION: April 15th Raleigh, NC News & Observer review by Ed Condran:

AC Entertainment and Broadway Series South present BILL MAHER at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $62.70-$73.50 (including fees).


Progress Energy Center Box Office: 919/831-6060 or (information only).

Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or

GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919/857-4565,, or SHOW:






Bill Maher: (official website), (Wikipedia), and (Internet Movie Database).

“Real Time with Bill Maher”: (official website).


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