BILL MAHER SUPPORTS ALL OF THE AGENDAS HE PRETENDS TO OPPOSE. HE IS READING FROM THE SAME SCRIPT. HE JUST HAS A DIFFERENT PART
Maher Audience a Real Pain During tonight’s broadcast of the HBO program Real Time with Bill Maher, all 9/11 conspiracy hell broke loose. Friday, October 19, 2007 at 8:30 PM By FilmStew Staff
Kevin Parry/WireImage.com Photo On this night, at the diametricallly opposed end of a luxury lounge There was Bill Maher, chatting with his Friday, October 19th panel – L.A. Times and Time Magazine columnist Joel Stein, Hardball TV host Chris Matthews and Texas Democratic congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee – when the perils of doing one of television’s few live programs reared its ugly head. From the audience, a male individual started shouting incomprehensibly about the idea that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were in fact controlled government explosions. (Maher has vocally opposed that view.) “Sometimes here at CBS, I wish the sound wasn’t working,” Maher wryly deadpanned, referring to an earlier episode of the 2007 season during which there were major audio problems, forcing Maher at one point to use a hand-held mike. As the audience objector continued, Maher’s mood changed. “Hey, do we have some f*cking security in this building? Or do I have to come over and kick this guy’s ass out of here?” Sure enough, Maher then bounded from the stage and stormed up the aisle, arriving in time to watch the man try to unfurl a banner and CBS security finally hauling him away. But it wasn’t over quite yet. After Maher returned to his chair and observed, “Is it that hard to throw someone out of a building?”, a woman’s shouting voice could then be heard, accusing the comedian of 'cowardice.' “I’ll kick your ass out of here too,” Maher promised in a very assured politically incorrect tone. “This isn’t the Iowa caucus; it’s not a debate,” Maher continued. “It’s a debate between us [he and the three-person panel]. You’re in the audience; audience comes from the Latin, 'To listen.'” But it was Stein who had the best Maher-style last word zinger. “I was only allowed two guests, so things should be OK after this,” he joked. A third burst of audience interruption then briefly ebbed and flowed before CBS Television City security staff wrapped up a very busy night. "Don't be gentle with him," Maher advised. "Ass kicking is what's called for."