Well, to make a long story short, Bill Maher is Jewish!
Since Bill Maher's mother is Jewish, and in Judaism one's religion is based on one's mother's religion, then that makes him also Jewish. His father is not Jewish.
Bill Maher (who's full birth name is William Maher, Jr.) was born on January 20, 1956 in New York, New York, U.S..
Before his current role as the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher hosted a similar late-night talk show called Politically Incorrect, originally on Comedy Central and later on ABC.
He was raised in his Irish American father's Catholic religion, unaware that his Hungarian American mother was Jewish until his early teens.
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