Bill Maher’s 8th Annual New Year’s Comedy Extravaganza starring
Bill Maher, Natasha Leggero & Wendy Liebman
The tradition continues! For the eighth year in a row, Bill Maher will be ringing in the New Year in Hawaii, at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (December 30) and Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall (December 31). To make this year’s celebration extra memorable, Bill will be joined by two very special guest comediennes and queens of late night comedy, Natasha Leggero and Wendy Liebman. With his sold-out shows for the past seven years, Maher continues to make good on his promise to be the “Don Ho of 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.
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 took a class called “How to be a Stand-up Comedian” at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in 1985. Since then, she’s performed on Carson, Letterman, Leno, Fallon, Kimmel, Ferguson, Hollywood Squares, and in clubs throughout North America. Wendy has done specials for HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime, and was a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Season 9. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and produces “Locally Grown Comedy” in Studio City, a monthly show featuring the best stand-ups around.
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.
“I think everybody wants to be in Hawaii in December,” Maher said. “That was my plan all year; get my ass booked there for New Year’s!”
*This show will include mature subject matter.