Jiminy Glick Grills Bill Maher on ‘Real Time’ with Hard-Hitting Queries

Martin Short revives Glick for a hilarious interview reversal

by Zain ul Abedin
Jiminy Glick Grills Bill Maher on ‘Real Time’ with Hard-Hitting Queries
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In this charming spoof of HBO’s "Real Time," Jiminy Glick, one of Martin Short’s career-defining characters, came out of retirement to give host Bill Maher a taste of his own medicine. In this specific episode, instead of interviewing a guest, Maher also became a guest to talk about his latest book titled, "What This Comedian Said Will Shock You." Usually, the questioner, host Bill Maher, exclaimed that he was glad to be on the opposite side of the questions.

"For years I’ve interviewed authors here in our opening one-on-one interview spot, but now, as an author myself with a book on the bestseller list, I can’t interview myself. I needed someone to interview me, and we are so lucky tonight.

We have a master, perhaps the master of the art form." Maher introduced. The confrontation between Glick and Maher was very hilarious. It was only after the drinks were ordered that Maher attempted to talk about his book, but Glick’s comments put him on the spot every time, such as Glick’s quip, "This is going to be so exciting for me!

Really because I’m used to interviewing celebrities so this is a nice change of pace."

Glick's Playful Grill

Glick’s questioning was not shy of teasing, starting with such questions as "Your book is a triumph!

What do you owe your success to, low expectations?" / "Other than lacking one, what do you think your comedy legacy would be?"/ "Are there any topics for you that are off limits, other than foreplay?" While Maher gave detailed responses, Glick either laughed or pretended to be asleep before Maher woke her up for more laughter.

"It’s amazing to write a book, yes it is," Glick said, grilling Maher with the help of his humor-based weaponry, sarcastic comments. Laughing, Glick ended their conversation, saying, "Your book is absolutely the greatest book I’ve ever not read.

And you know, thank you, because I’ve always felt - and I mean this, honest to God, I’m not going to cry - that the boring and tedious guests make me a better interviewer so thank you." Other guests included former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and former U.S.

Representative Adam Kinzinger. Still, the most memorable part of the night was the Maher-Glick portion, and the raw energy that live TV interviews bring.