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Comedic Genius and Political Commentator Bill Maher Returns to the Academy of Music, September 9, 2016

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He’ll say everything you’re afraid to – and make you cry from laughing at the same time! Comedic genius @BillMaher is coming to the @KimmelCenter 9/9

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Amanda Conte


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, August 4, 2016) –– For more than 20 years, comedian Bill Maher has pushed the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television , and now this Emmy® Award-winning comedian will return to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music on Friday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m., for the first time since 2014. This performance is presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in association with Larry Magid Entertainment.

“Rarely do we see an artist with such a keen ability to take a dividing topic like politics,  use it to bring a smile to audience’s faces and draw people together,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Bill Maher’s performances are the perfect combination of entertainment and education, a balance for which we continually strive at the Kimmel Center.”

First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC 1993-2002) and for the last thirteen years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 24 Emmy® nominations. In October of 2008, the same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” directed by Larry Charles of Borat. The documentary has gone on to become the 8th highest grossing documentary ever.

Maher started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979 and still performs more than 50 dates a year in Las Vegas and in sold-out theaters all across the country. Three of his ten stand-up specials for HBO have been nominated for Emmy® Awards.

In addition to his television programming – which has featured regular visitors like Howard Dean, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, Cory Booker, and Michael Moore. Maher is also a five-time bestselling author. His bestsellers include: True Story, Does Anybody Have a Problem with that? Politically Incorrect’s Greatest Hits, When you Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden, New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer, and most recently The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass.

Academy of Music

September 9, 2016, 8:00 p.m.


Tickets are available now and start at $49. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly Pops, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music.  TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2015-2016 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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