Bill Maher, the acerbic host of HBO’s Real Time… on how relationships are like airplanes, the most important thing he learned as a kid, and why he cannot look away from Temptation Island. — As told to Larry Kanter
Men’s Journal: Who were your heroes growing up?
Bill Maher: Anyone who was funny. And then as I got a little older, it was funny but also attractive to women. Like Dean Martin. I was too young to quite understand exactly what was going on, but I just knew that my mother really liked The Dean Martin Show. He was suave and great looking and tan and drunk—all the things I wanted to be when I grew up. So those were my heroes, before I began to understand how the world works.
How did that understanding change who you looked up to?
I look up to people who don’t play for a team. I love people who…