Bill Maher talks about a new podcast, a band with Aaron Rodgers and coverage of a new election

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Bill Maher didn’t really have time to do another show. After all, he’s been a host and executive producer of HBO’s Real time with Bill Maher for almost 20 years. And as he told Yahoo! Entertainment, he works very hard on it.

“It takes a lot out of me every week,” says Maher.

But here it is, six months into his brand new podcast called Club randomwhich is included in “a small nightclub” that Maher built on his property that he also calls Club Random, and the concept is quite simple.

“I love getting high at Club Random,” reveals Maher. “And I like to chat with my friends over a drink and a joint. And if you want to do that, and very interesting people come here, I’m happy to do that.”

But when it comes to preparing for the show or the interviews, with names like William Shatner, Quentin Tarantino, Leslie Jones, Bella Thorne, Mike Tyson, and Woody Harrelson, Maher has none of it.

“I’ll just show up. I barely know who the guest is. I’m not going to prepare for it like I did on my show. It’s not that kind of show’, explains Maher. “Why would I do a different kind of show unless it was very different? And it’s very different, except I still am. It’s me you’d see smoking out of a suit, weed. The real me, in other words.”

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One of those interviews he appeared for recently was with NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who came under fire in 2021 for claiming to have been “immunized” ahead of the football season when he was instead undergoing alternative treatments. Maher says he reached out to Rodgers after hearing a lot about what he had to say about vaccines.

“We were kind of attached to the fact that we both believe in medical autonomy in a way that a lot of the country has dragged its feet on and I think a lot of the country is ignorant about it. I think people are just afraid for their health, so they think this priesthood in white lab coats has all the answers.”

Maher went on to say that neither of them is an “anti-vaxxer,” but that it should be everyone’s personal decision.

“So we kind of bond with that,” Maher says. “We’ve talked about a million things, but I certainly admire his guts to stand for what he really believes. That’s about what I believe.”

Maher, whose TV career dates back to 1993 with politically incorrect, had been hesitant to start podcasting for a while. Not just because he already had a show, but because he really didn’t understand the appeal of the medium.

“It’s just like radio and radio was the most hip in the world,” says Maher. “First of all, I’m surprised that America’s attention span is six seconds or three hours, and apparently nothing in between.”

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Maher says he comes from a world where you have to make people want more, which is not the case with podcasts. Although he has come to appreciate the lack of a time limit, and has spent as much as two hours with some of his guests.

“It’s amazing to me. I don’t know what these people are listening to or where they come from this time. But I’m happy because you know, I come from a radio line, my father was on the radio,” Maher says. “I was sad to see the radio go away and now it’s kind of coming back, but through the podcast.”

The presenter, who has made a name for himself in the political space over the years, said the conversations on his podcast will sometimes go in that direction, but he doesn’t push for it.

But with a new election cycle on the horizon, Maher is as energetic as ever about beating politics on real time. Even with the levels of division and vitriol that have risen in 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 feel like most of the media are in their bubble. Even comedy media, you know, they just give in to the people in the audience who just start clapping like seals about the things they already think they know and want to hear back.”

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Maher said that while he does agree with the views of other shows, he’s much more willing to make fun of the left than he used to be because, as he says, “they’re a lot crazier than they used to be.”

“No one else seems to do that,” Maher says of ridiculing the left. “So I love having that all to myself. Would you like to join the conversation? Good. I just keep doing what I do. I think I’m generally left of center, but I think there’s a lot. I go where the comedy is.”

He acknowledges that it is a very dangerous time in America and that he is “worried” about what the country will be going through in the next election.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen in this country. So it is a dangerous time. But you know, I love to cover it up. It’s not boring.”

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New episodes of Club random drop weekly wherever you get your podcasts from, and also on YouTube.

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