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Bill Maher

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"I love America! It gives me so much material," the host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher told Rolling Stone in 2011. Like his hero George Carlin, Maher isn't afraid to mix highbrow irony and junior-high lunchroom vulgarity in his political satire (he recently offered Donald Trump $5 million to prove his mom didn't mate with orangutan). But his greatest achievement remains his reinvention of the political panel segment. Mixing it up with pop culture figures and serous pundits, he's as likely to make salient, nuanced arguments as he is to shut down a conservative talking-head by throwing up his hands and simply saying, "Your attitude is 'fuck facts'." No one channels the liberal Id as brilliantly.

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