Club Random with Bill Maher
Club Random with Bill Maher
About Club Random with Bill Maher
Bill Maher rewrites the rules of podcasting the way he did in television in this series of one on one, hour long conversations with a wide variety of unexpected guests in the undisclosed location called Club Random. There’s a whole big world out there that isn’t about politics and Bill and his guests talk about all of it.
Bill Maher and Arianna Huffington on the countries that revere old people, Arianna’s humble origins, Bill’s yearly birthday present to Arianna, the Harvard electroshock/phone experiment, the generation no one has a beef with, calling out social justice warriors, why Bill is okay being a Bad Environmentalist, why Twitter needed to be taken over by Elon Musk, the day Arianna’s divorce became final, and how Bill made her kids cry.
Bill Maher and Harvey Levin randomly riff on the Alec Baldwin case, Harvey’s 9-11 documentary (there was an extra plane), the generational differences at TMZ, when Harvey’s staff realized that he’s older than chips, the concept from Real Time of the national divorce, and Harvey’s heartbreaking, never-before-told story about why Cher is his favorite celebrity.
Bill Maher and Deepak Chopra randomly riff on true identity, preparing for the end, being chased by the monster that is death, Mother Theresa’s crisis of faith, Bill and Deepak’s spiritual journeys, the morality of spiritual transcendence, how the placebo effect is real, and how we are all just playing a part.
Oscars Bonus Episode: The Oscars are here and it’s Slap Season. Bill and rapper Denzel Curry dissect The Slap, alopecia, Will Smith’s state of mind, plus Michael Jackson vs. R. Kelly, whether Bill knows the difference between Donald Duck and Daffy Duck, and the hit movie Bill has never seen.
Bill Maher and the great Bob Costas randomly riff on the passing of Bill’s mentor Richard Belzer, Bill’s favorite Sports Illustrated cover, why today’s baseball pitchers are so frail, the legendary announcer Bill never liked, the best example of racial harmony in our culture, Bob’s take on Fox News and CNN, Bob’s favorite part of Real Time, why Bob turned down doing 60 Minutes, and what Bill hates about the NFL.
Bill Maher and Greg Gutfeld randomly riff on the terrifying thing about Chat GPT, why Bill doesn’t google people, the terrible quality phones bring out in people, losing audiences in comedy, Greg’s philosophy for staying married, why Rain Man couldn’t be made today, the mob trying to wreck peoples’ lives, the time Greg got mistaken for Harvey Levin, Greg’s career ascent, and Bill and Greg’s epiphany about certain kinds of “mature” movies.
Bill Maher and Andrew Sullivan randomly riff on Andrew’s history in debating, the legality of certain substances in England, the terrifying nature of the Catholic upbringing, the people Andrew bonds with best, their mutual moments of enlightenment as kids, the benefits of circumcision, whether we’re born with certain desires, the beautiful melting pot of London, how you know when to throw down, and much more.
Bill Maher and Fran Lebowitz talk travel nightmares, their least favorite feral creatures, outdoor dining and New York City rats, who always wins in politics, city living vs. country living, Bill’s Tik Tok obsession, why Fran is stickler for grammar, the effect of being on Netflix, and her friendship with Martin Scorcese.
Bill Maher and Olivia Culpo randomly riff on how entertainers are sensitive to mean Internet comments, Olivia starring in a superhero movie, the downside of plastic surgery, Bill’s pitch for a revolutionary anti-aging product, Chat GPT writing a scene in Succession, the two must-see football movies, and couples’ rules for talking while watching a movie.
In a headline making episode, Bill Maher and Bryan Cranston talk about privilege vs. advantage, the role that got Bryan Cranston in hot water, critical race theory, the show where Bill and Bryan first met, bulldozer parenting, creeps vs. nuts in casting, white peoples’ bias against themselves and tons more.
Bill Maher and Sean Penn randomly riff on which one of the Three Stooges Sean was going to play, their opposing beliefs on personal health, why Sean is attracted to dangerous places, Oliver Stone, Sean’s crush on Diane Sawyer, Sean’s relationship with the paparazzi, Sean’s love of Hugo Chavez, the movies they couldn’t make today, the legend of Jack Nicholson, Bill and Sean’s mutual love of Amy Schumer and a LOT more.
Sebastian Maniscalco and Bill Maher chop it up about Sebastian getting an early gig with Bill, Sebastian’s career anxiety, Sebastian’s old school love of the Rat Pack, the genius of Steve Wynn, the information fairy, the danger of standing beside a window in Russia, the word you can’t say, and whether Bill ever encountered the Mob in Vegas.
Bill and intimacy expert Shan Boodram (Dr. Ruth meets Rihanna) in a wild, wide-ranging convo about relationship and bedroom preferences, Bill’s mom’s crush, what makes a man attractive to women, why Bill thinks he acts more like a woman when it comes to dating, the politics of open relationships, women in New York vs. women in L.A., and the concept of “playoff defense.”
Bill Maher and Kevin Nealon ring in 2023 and randomly riff on the time Bill invited Kevin to live with him, what Madonna told Mike Myers about kissing her in a sketch, the best thing about doing intimate scenes in movies, how Marlon Brando took his acting fees in gold on one movie, the appeal of wife jokes, what Bill learned at Cornell, and how Putin is like Buster Douglas.
In a special combo episode, Quentin Tarantino crashes the end of the Judd Apatow interview and the three of them talk about Quentin’s love of Freaks and Geeks, Quentin and Judd on working with actors, how Quentin wanted Adam Sandler for Inglourious Basterds, the trick of the movie 1917 and then we transition into a one on one with the brilliant comedian Ms. Pat.
Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins randomly riff on how eating ruins everything fun, how most mammals are nocturnal, the New Zealand bird that’s forgotten how to fly, the trouble with prolonging life, the one bad thing about Bill, the science behind certain diseases, Bill’s sitcom role as the office creep, and why Richard’s part in Religulous was left on the cutting room floor.
Bill Maher and Dana Carvey randomly riff on why comedians need therapy, Dana’s famous Johnny Carson impression and how Bill offended Johnny at the end, how Bill channels Johnny in his monologues, their collective take on Mike Myers, Dana’s first time seeing Robin Williams, Dana’s medical mishap, and Dana’s new scripted podcast The Weird Place.
Bill Maher and Gene Simmons randomly riff on men being able to get pregnant, Gene’s secrets to beat aging, the only two things that Bill and Gene really enjoy, Gene’s legendary battles back in the day, Bill’s take on how people are like bumper cars, the event that happened to Young Bill to make him focus on work, whether it’s possible for rock stars to be faithful, and how Gene doesn’t have friends.
Bill Maher and Sam Harris randomly riff on Sam’s super power with words, Sam burying the hatchet with Ben Affleck, Sam’s Hunter Biden story suppression scandal, how Bill misses Howard Stern, Bill’s love for playing Vegas and how he never caught the gambling bug, Sam’s nine years of education, the pluses and minuses of Capitalism, and the worst sin America has committed.
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