The sins of Bill Maher's previous life

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We all know him as the witty hybrid of Johnny Carson and George Carlin; the anti-religion, anti-South, pro-drug, pro-leather suit godfather of televised political satire. But did you know that there was once a whole decade where Bill Maher was as cool and relevant as Tim Allen at a Sleigh Bells concert? While getting fired from ABC for his 9/11 comments, building an iconic political talk show on HBO, and starring in a hit documentary about the ridiculousness of belief in god has made Maher the William F. Buckley of his time (only a little more stoned, and with a bit less love for Joseph McCarthy), before he began hosting pop political shows this animal-loving standup comedian was an overblown, bargain-bin meathead of an actor, staring in B-movies not fit for a thrift- store dumpster. While we await Maher's standup show at the Paramount tonight, we thought we'd give you a look at what the white-haired atheist was up to before he gave us Christine O'Donnell. Here is a comprehensive list of the film and TV sins of BIll Maher, during the dark days of the 1980s.

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D.C. Cab

While Joel Schumacher is beloved for creating St. Elmo's Fire, Lost Boys and that Smashing Pumpkins video, D.C. Cab has slipped through the cracks of film lore and become a useless novelty of the video rental bubble. I know, I know, a low-budget film starring such treasured names as Adam Baldwin, Mr. T. and Gary Busey is not the Citizen Kane of its time? Take a look at this Evil Dead-style fight scene and see for yourself how captivating an actor young Maher once was.


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Terin Blake
Terin Blake

I have to take everything he says with a fistful of salt.

Christopher J. Martinez
Christopher J. Martinez

I'm sure Bill could care less about negative opinions - His show on HBO is extremely successful - Poll doesn't matter -

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

Put it together Westword, this is more your type of thing vs. reporting real news.

Denver Westword
Denver Westword

Barry Maldonado Why hasn't this happened? Totally agree.

thespot84
thespot84

What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher?

 

Everyone watching bill Maher knows he's an asshole.

science
science

 @thespot84 But while Rush is a frothing propagandist who deliberately disregards facts, Bill is an acutely intelligent observer and satirist who actively encourages the acknowledgement and use of facts. It makes intellectual sallys out there comfortable to equate the two, but they're actually quite different.

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