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Bill Maher Returns to the MACC for New Years

September 9, 2018, 1:24 PM HST · Updated September 9, 1:24 PM
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For the eighth year in a row, Bill Maher will be ringing in the New Year at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Dec., 30 2018.  He will be joined by two very special guest comediennes and queens of late night comedy, Natasha Leggero and Wendy Liebman.

“I think everybody wants to be in Hawai‘i in December,” Maher said. “That was my plan all year; get my ass booked there for New Year’s!”

Maher began his career as a stand-up comedian and still performs sold-out dates across the country. But he  may be best known for his television programming, which  has never held back and has set the boundaries of where funny and political talk can go on American television.

First on Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002) and for the last 10 years on HBO’s Real Time, Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs has earned him 34 Emmy nominations; winning his first in 2014 as the Executive Producer for HBO’s Vice. In 2008, he wrote and starred in Religulous directed by Larry Charles (Borat). The documentary about religions around the world went on to become the eighth highest-grossing documentary ever.

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Adding to this New Year’s extravaganza are Natasha Leggero and Wendy Liebman. Leggero is an accomplished actress, writer, and stand-up comedian who created, wrote, produced and stars in the Comedy Central sitcom Another Period. Leggero can also be seen starring opposite Andrew Dice Clay on DICE. Stemming from her breakout appearance on the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, Leggero was lauded as the stand-out roaster on the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber. Wendy Liebman has been a regular on late night television and recently made it to the semifinals of America’s Got Talent. She has done half-hour specials for HBO and Comedy Central, and her first hour, Wendy Liebman Taller on TV premiered on Showtime in November 2017.

Fans can expect the unexpected when it comes to Maher’s New Year’s extravaganza. In 2013, Academy Award-winner actor Sean Penn and director Michael Moore made a surprise appearance to introduce Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who wowed the crowd with a surprise acoustic set. In 2015, David Spade and Jeff Ross added to the hysteria, and were followed up by Margaret Cho and Dana Gould in 2016 and finally by Bob Saget and Reggie Brown in 2017. No matter what happens, one thing is for certain: The Islands are the place to be as the world welcomes in 2019.

Tickets for Bill Maher, Dec. 30 at 7:00 P.M. in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center are $99.50 and $79.50 plus service fees. Tickets are available at http://www.mauiarts.org, in person at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Box Office or charge by phone at (808) 242-7469.

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