A piece of you here and a piece of you over there." The crowd was subdued for much of the set, perhaps because the rainstorm had soaked their enthusiasm along with their clothes, but they gave Maher a standing ovation at the end.
We looked at each other with a nervous curiosity that soon turned to actual alarm.Maher put down a binder of jokes and turned to Mark Monto, his gray-haired security guy, who is also a former pilot."We're going to be okay, right?He congratulated the audience on making it through Donald Trump's first hundred days."It's like Lent if we all gave up reality," he said. Trump's startling victory last fall has been a boon for comics across the country, but Maher, who routinely calls the president a "whiny little bitch," got there early."I told Hugh a long time ago that the Playboy channel should be airing shows like " Maher said, in a flat monotone that works surprisingly well as a comic instrument.
"I mean, how many wives are going to let their husbands watch a channel where the guy is getting a blowjob?
He hugged Reiner and then sped away in a golf cart with a twenty-something woman hanging on precariously next to him.
Two Saturdays a month, Maher wakes up the morning after his show and jumps on a plane to do stand-up across the country.
The day after he sparred with Warren, I joined him on a flight to Chicago, where he had a show scheduled that night.
I brought up the Pocahontas remark before he disappeared under his sleep mask."Is that when it looked like she was tearing up? "Just like everybody in life, not everything everybody says is always the most wonderful thing they ever heard that day," he said, without quite suggesting remorse. You move on." (Maher did, however, apologize for using the -word with Sasse, calling it "offensive.")Three hours later, our plane bucked over Illinois in near-zero visibility, jostling the unpasteurized goat-milk yogurt he had brought for the flight.
HBO called it "completely inexcusable and tasteless," and many clamored for Maher to be fired. The night Maher spoke to Warren, Rob Reiner, a panelist, waited outside Maher's dressing room after the show to say goodbye.