He finished his routine by urging a standing ovation for Maher, who blew a kiss to the audience as he moved toward his mark on the stage.'s format is a throwback to a seventies talk show—with a monologue, an interview, a panel discussion, some jokes, and a closing argument—but here everything is done without the benefit of breath-catching commercial breaks.
The crowd laughed, unaware that Martin would use the same joke the next week.
He congratulated the audience on making it through Donald Trump's first hundred days.
"It's like Lent if we all gave up reality," he said. Trump's startling victory last fall has been a boon for comics across the country, but Maher, who routinely calls the president a "whiny little bitch," got there early.
Before introducing his panel, he talked one-on-one with Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, about why Americans chronically vote against their interests.
After noting that some people were disappointed with the president's lack of accomplishments, he paused before his punchline. In 2013, he mocked Trump's birtherism by offering million if Trump could prove that he wasn't the love child of an orange-haired orangutan.
The future president, determined to prove himself a thin-skinned primate by other means, sued over the joke, allowing Maher to carry on, in his words, "a three-month national debate over whether his mother fucked an ape." The week after his Putin joke, Maher would pantomime Ivanka Trump jerking off her father to keep him calm.
In 2005, he began dating Karrine Steffans, best-selling author and former hip hop model.
From 2009 to 2011, Maher dated neuroscientist, science educator, and current Skeptics' Guide to the Universe co-host Cara Santa Maria.