If you've ever been on the receiving end of one of his acerbic barbs, you might be inclined to call Bill Maher a witch. Or worse.
“No, I'm you,” Maher snarkily replies during a recent telephone interview, when asked if he'd ever been referred to as a Wiccan. (Maher will perform at the Aronoff Center on Oct. 23.)
Maher, 54, is the host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. The weekly series includes interviews with politicians and other newsmakers, as well as a panel discussion featuring wide-ranging guests who opine about various current events selected by the host. It's a follow-up, of sorts, to Politically Incorrect, a forerunner of The Daily Show that ran for four years on Comedy Central beginning in 1993, and later on ABC until it was canceled in 2002.
It was on Maher's earlier show that a young Christine O'Donnell — now the Republican senatorial candidate in Delaware — made numerous embarrassing comments as a semi-regular panelist.
Maher made headlines recently by digging up an unaired clip in which O'Donnell claimed to have “dabbled into witchcraft” and visited a satanic alter with a date that's helped to derail her once promising campaign.
“I think she will do even better than Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is mean, and Christine is not. She's nice and I have the proof. I have 22 episodes,” Maher said at the time.
Bill Maher perfoms at the Aronoff Center Saturday. Go here to read Kevin Osbourne's full interview.