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Continued: Bill Maher on his soft spot for Minn., Al Franken

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 28, 2014 - 6:45 PM

A: I only get angry at very politically correct crowds. We were just talking about this in the writers’ room, that political correctness is making an unwelcome resurgence. There was that comedian [Leslie Jones] on “Saturday Night Live” whose sketch died because she was talking about slavery. The audience just froze up.

There’s something in the liberal mind that doesn’t allow them to be seen laughing at something inappropriate. Sometimes they don’t even wait until they hear the joke. They’re just waiting for you to do something wrong. Audiences are particularly sensitive here in Los Angeles.


Q: So why do you live there?

A: The weather is terrific. I’m not a big fan of the cold or humidity. I’d rather have good weather than a great museum down the street. It just affects my mood. Plus, everyone lives here. Brad and Angelina, Johnny Depp. Prince lives right down the street.


Q: Who would you like to have on your show who hasn’t appeared yet?

A: Politically, the Clintons. I understand why the Republicans are afraid of me, but I don’t know why they are. I used to have a long wish list of showbiz celebrities, but the kind of show we’re doing now, not everyone can do it. Ben Affleck is really politically motivated. Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington are really good. Even Ashton Kutcher did well. But most actors can’t deliver without a script. That’s why they went into acting.


Q: What has been your favorite moment from the show?

A: I really enjoyed the last show of last season, which landed on Nov. 22, the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. I did an editorial comparing John Kennedy to Ronald Reagan and then got sentimental. I almost lost it.


Neal Justin • 612-673-7431 • Twitter: @NealJustin

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