Bill Maher talks new podcast and bonding with Aaron Rodgers

Bill Maher didn’t really have time to do another show. After all, he has been the host and executive producer of HBO 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.

Yet here he is, six months into his brand new podcast Club RandomThat’s set in a “little nightclub” that Maher built on his property, which he also calls Club Random, and the concept is pretty simple.

“I love getting high at Club Random,” Maher revealed. “And I like to have a drink and talk with my friends. And if you want to do that, and some really interesting people come here, I’d be happy to do that.”

But when it comes to preparing for shows or interviews, which have included names like William Shatner, Quentin Tarantino, Leslie Jones, Bella Thorne, Mike Tyson and Woody Harrelson, Maher is having none of it.

“I’m just going to show up. I hardly know who the guest is. I won’t prepare for it like I do for my shows. It’s not that kind of show,” explains Maher. “Why would I do another kind of show unless it’s very different? And it’s very different, except it’s still me. It’s just me you’ll see in a suit, smoking pot. The real me, in other words.

One of the interviews he recently featured was with NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who came under fire in 2021 after he claimed to have been “immunized” before the football season when he sought alternative treatments. had done Maher says he approached Rodgers after hearing a lot about vaccines.

“We’re kind of bonded over the fact that we both believe in medical autonomy in a way that a lot of countries have dragged their feet and, I think, a lot of countries are unaware of that. I think people are scared about their health so they think this priest in the white lab coat has all the answers. “

Maher added that none of them are “anti-vaxxers” but it should be a personal decision.

“So we kind of bonded over it,” says Maher. “We talked about a million things, but of course I admire his courage in what he really believes. That I believe.

Maher, whose TV career dates back to 1993 Politically incorrect, had been reluctant to get into podcasting for quite some time. Not only because he already had a show, but because he didn’t really understand the appeal of the medium.

“It’s just like radio and radio was the most useless thing in the world,” says Maher. “First of all, it blows my mind that America’s attention span is six seconds or three hours, and apparently nothing in between.”

Maher says he comes from a world where you leave people wanting more, which is not the case with podcasts. However he has come to appreciate the lack of time limit, and has gone up to two hours with some of his guests.

“It’s surprising to me. I don’t know where these people are listening or where they get the time. But I am happy because you know, I come from a radio line, my father was in radio,” says Maher. “I was sad to see radio go and now it’s back, but through podcasts.”

The host, who has made a name for himself in the political arena over the years, said the conversation on his podcast sometimes goes in that direction but he doesn’t push for it.

But, with another election cycle on the horizon, Maher is as excited as ever to cover politics. Even with the levels of divisiveness and vitriol in the world.

“The messier it is, the better for me. As bad as it is for the country, it is good for me,” says Maher. “We’re doing better than ever because I think most of the media is locked in their bubble. Even the comedy media, you know, they just pander to people who are in the audience who are going to clap like stamps at things they already think they know and want to hear back.

Maher said that while he agrees with other shows’ viewpoints, he’s more willing than ever to make fun of the left because, he says, “they’re a lot more crazy than they used to be.”

“No one else seems to be doing it,” Maher says of mocking the left. “So I like having it all to myself. You guys want to pander? good I’ll keep doing what I do. I think I’m generally left of center, but I think there’s a lot more. I go where the comedy is.”

He admits that these are very dangerous times in America and is “concerned” about the state of the country in the next election.

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

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