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The sins of Bill Maher's previous life

We all know him as the witty hybrid of Johnny Carson and George Carlin; the anti-religion, anti-South, pro-drug, pro-leather suit godfather of televised political satire. But did you know that there was once a whole decade where Bill Maher was as cool and relevant as Tim Allen at a Sleigh Bells concert? While getting fired from ABC for his 9/11 comments, building an iconic political talk show on HBO, and starring in a hit documentary about the ridiculousness of belief in god has made Maher the William F. Buckley of his time (only a little more stoned, and with a bit less love for Joseph McCarthy), before he began hosting pop political shows this animal-loving standup comedian was an overblown, bargain-bin meathead of an actor, staring in B-movies not fit for a thrift- store dumpster. While we await Maher's standup show at the Paramount tonight, we thought we'd give you a look at what the white-haired atheist was up to before he gave us Christine O'Donnell. Here is a comprehensive list of the film and TV sins of BIll Maher, during the dark days of the 1980s.

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Josiah M. Hesse
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