Bill Maher Explains Why His Crowd Is Now A Mix Of Conservatives and Liberals

No one in media has triggered the Left more this year than Bill Maher. Liberals feel Maher has betrayed them, so they now call him an “angry white man.” Or something.

Despite that caterwauling, Maher hasn’t betrayed the Left. He’s the same liberal he was during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama years. Leftists are actually the ones who changed between 2016 and 2020, though Maher failed to notice because he focused so intently on mocking Donald Trump. After Trump left the White House, Maher had to dig deeper and write jokes without a one-track mind. Once he did so, Maher saw how offended, miserable, ungrateful, and devious the current iteration of the Left is. 

Maher now opens and closes his HBO program questioning the “logic” of cancel culture and equity, a far cry from his monologues one year ago. As a result, Maher is now performing to a different kind of audience than he did in earlier years.

“For the first time in my life, I am playing to a mixed audience,” Maher said on The Joe Scarborough Podcast. (Joe Scarborough has a podcast?)

“I was in Nashville about a month ago, and the audience was about 60-40 liberal to conservative. That never used to happen, never. And I think it’s because 10 years ago, in my opinion anyway, the Left did not have a crazy section. There was no such thing as woke, and now they do have a crazy section, which I call out as a liberal. I think I’m kind of one of the only people doing that, so there’s a hunger to hear that.”

So what changed? Donald Trump. Liberals changed after Trump defeated them in 2016. Democrat voters still haven’t gotten over that stunning election. Through the help of social media, the angriest group of Leftists grew even bigger, and they then moved even farther Left. Now, a liberal like Maher can’t even relate to them. 

“I think traditional liberals have had it with the far Left of their own party, and they enjoy this too,” Maher goes on. “To be able to play to a crowd like I did in Nashville that’s almost split even, that just never happened before. The audience was almost all completely liberal, but things have changed.”

Maher has said previously that he now prefers performing stand-up comedy in red states to blue states. Maher joked with Jimmy Kimmel in September that even when he says something innocuous such as that he is having a good day, the Left will blame it on his “white privilege.”

He’s right.

Maher is one of the few political pundits who has elevated his reach since Trump left office. While CNN, MSNBC, and late-night TV have lost their purpose, Maher now generates more headlines and digital views per show than ever. Maher’s competitors are aching for content, while he is capitalizing on the market demand for someone who will scold both sides.

Bill Maher has never been better. Drawing a mixed crowd in 2021 demonstrates that. Who else can get conservatives and liberals laughing in the same room?

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. We need more personalities on the Left to point out the stupidity of cancel culture and wokeism. There’s obviously a market for it. Not that I watch it, but SNL is still walking on eggshells with regard to mocking Biden and the Left.

  2. Bill Maher and others sowed the seeds of the current left. Bit by bit, the intolerance and cancellations have been coming for more than the 10 years Maher likes to quote. He’s just stunned it’s beginning to effect him. I’ve got news for him, it’s only going to get worse.

  3. We need more people on the Al Right and those considered VERY FINE PEOPLE to speak out against the Jan. 6 Domestic Terrorist attacks , speak out more about the VERY FINE PEOPLE marchers in Charlottesville. Maybe then and only then will the Republican Party look like America. As of now the Democratic Party looks like America and the Republican Party looks’ like a Confederate/Honey Boo Boo Family reunion. IJS

    • 1. There was no terrorist attack on Jan. 6. None. 2. Everyone called out the actual white supremacists in Charlottesville, even Trump. He said it multiple times. Everyone in Charlottesville wasn’t a white supremacist. There were fine people on both sides of the statue argument and that’s what Trump said. He condemned the nazis multiple times but said that the protesters on both sides of the statue argument were very fine people. The media lied about it. You obviously bought it along with many other brain dead lefty’s and here we are. Calling people racists and confederates means nothing anymore. You bozos use the word in every other sentence. It’s actually a badge of honor now. But keep at it bud you’re doing great.

    • We need more people to speak out against slavery in Communist China.

      You’re not one of them because you support slavery in Communist China.

      You’re just a brain dead woke leftist hypocrite who can only cut and paste comments from your far left websites.

      Your posturing is meaningless as long as you continue to support slavery in Communist China. You have no moral standing as long as you support slavery.

    • You say as you continue to insist that BLM burning down a police precinct (amongst dozens of other buildings) in Minneapolis was a “mostly peaceful protest.” Not to mention the insurrection in Seattle, the weeks-long attack on a federal courthouse in Portland, and the Wendy’s arson in Atlanta. The left is incapable of expressing their opinion without committing violence.

  4. Libtards may have been rocked by the 2016 election, but instead of running and hiding like Reflublicans, they geared down for 4 years and made damn sure they manufactured enough “votes” to steal the WH in 2020. I’m sure even they were amazed at how few fought back.

  5. Clay, as you well know, Nashville (Davidson County) is, and has been represented by Dem/liberal council-folks (see the PC there), a Dem congressman…over 24 years….and has a non white population over 35%. It voted Democrat (Biden). Folks see the honky-tonks on lower Broadway and assume THAT’S Nashville. That area no more represents Nashville than S.Beach is where the Dolphins play. The adjoining county, Williamson is a whole different thing, again, as you know.

    As to Maher, I supposed redemption..of sorts is open to everyone, even a misogynist like Maher. I’ll bet he now sleeps a bit better.

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