Bill Maher didn’t have time to do another show. After all, he was the host and executive producer of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher for almost 20 years. And as he tells Yahoo! Entertainment, he works very hard on it.
“It takes a lot out of me every week,” says Maher.
But here he is, six months into his brand new podcast titled Random Clubis recorded in a “little night club” that Maher built on his property which he also calls Club Random, and the concept is quite simple.
“I love being high at Club Random,” says Maher. “And I love talking to my friends with a drink and articles. And if you want to do that, and have some really interesting people coming here, I’d be happy to do that.”
But when it comes to preparing for the show or the interviews, which include names like William Shatner, Quentin Tarantino, Leslie Jones, Bella Thorne, Mike Tyson and Woody Harrelson, Maher is having none of it.
“I’m going to show up. I hardly know who the guest is. I won’t be preparing for it like I do for my show. It’s not that kind of show,” Maher explains. “Why would I do a different kind of show unless it’s very different? And it is very different, except it is still for me. It’s just me you could see out of a suit, smoking pot. Am I real, in other words.”
One of his recent interviews featured NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who came under fire in 2021 after saying he was “immunized” before the football season when he underwent alternative treatment instead . Maher says he contacted Rodgers after hearing a lot of what he had to say about vaccines.
“We’ve talked a lot about the fact that we both believe in medical independence in a way that a lot of the country has dragged its feet on and, I think, a lot of the country is unaware of. I think people are scared about their health and so they think this priesthood is in white lab coats that have all the answers.”
Maher went on to say that neither is an “anti-vaxxer” but that everyone should have a personal decision.
“So we kind of bond over that,” Maher says. “We’ve talked about a million things, but I definitely find his guts out for standing up for what he truly believes. That’s what I believe a lot.”
Maher, whose television career dates back to 1993 Politically incorrect, I’ve been hesitant to get into podcasting for quite some time. Not just because he already had a show, but because he didn’t understand the appeal of the medium.
“It’s just like radio and radio were the rarest thing in the world,” says Maher. “First of all, it boggles my mind that the American attention span is six seconds or three hours, and apparently there is nothing in between.”
Maher says he comes from a world where you’re supposed to leave people wanting more, which isn’t the case with podcasts. Although he has come to understand the lack of time limit, and has gone as long as two hours with some of his guests.
“It’s amazing to me. I don’t know where these people are listening or where they get this time. But I’m happy because you know, I’m from radio, my father was in radio,” says Maher. “I was sad to see the radio go and now it’s kinda coming back, but through the podcast.”
The host, who has made a name for himself in the political space over the years, said that the conversations on his podcast will sometimes go in that direction but that he is not pushing for it.
But, with another election cycle looming, Maher is as energetic as ever when it comes to covering politics. Even with the levels of division and vitriol that have risen around the world.
“The messier it is, the better for me. The worse it is for the country, the better for me,” says Maher. “We’re doing better than ever because I think most media are locked in their bubbles. Even the media, you know, they only deal with the people in the audience who are just clapping like seals at what they think they already know and want to hear back. “
Maher said that while he agrees with comments from other shows, he’s much more willing to make fun of the left than he used to be because, as he puts it, “they’re a lot crazier than used to be. “
“No one else seems to be doing that,” Maher says, mocking the left. “So I love having that to myself. You guys want to pander? Good. I’ll keep doing what I do. I think I’m off center in general, but I think there’s a lot. I go where the humor is.”
He admits that it is a very dangerous time in America and that he is “worried” about what the country will go through in the next election.
“I don’t know what will happen in this country. So it’s a dangerous time. But you know, I love to cover it. It’s not boring.”
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