A few weeks later, Maher would answer a joke by Nebraska senator Ben Sasse with a similarly tone-deaf response.
When Sasse extended an invitation to come work in Nebraska's fields, Maher playacted surprise and said, "I'm a house nigger." Whereas the Pocahontas remark prompted another round of an ancient Internet dispute—whether Maher is a misogynist, a dick, or a fearless political savant—the comment to Sasse sparked universal outrage.
A piece of you here and a piece of you over there." The crowd was subdued for much of the set, perhaps because the rainstorm had soaked their enthusiasm along with their clothes, but they gave Maher a standing ovation at the end.
Backstage, he ate his usual postshow meal of baked potato and whitefish, a break from his weekday diet of seeds ground with fruit.
Each of the authors brings to bear over thirty years of research and classroom experience giving you strategies that are “evidence based” but also “proven in practice.” Mariah's June Writing: Tuesday, my tooth was wiggling. The day after he sparred with Warren, I joined him on a flight to Chicago, where he had a show scheduled that night.I brought up the Pocahontas remark before he disappeared under his sleep mask."Is that when it looked like she was tearing up? "Just like everybody in life, not everything everybody says is always the most wonderful thing they ever heard that day," he said, without quite suggesting remorse. You move on." (Maher did, however, apologize for using the -word with Sasse, calling it "offensive.")Three hours later, our plane bucked over Illinois in near-zero visibility, jostling the unpasteurized goat-milk yogurt he had brought for the flight.Maher is a longtime friend of Christie Hefner, Hugh's daughter, and in his dressing room he greeted her ex-husband, Billy Marovitz, a seventyish man with the hair of someone half his age.Maher and Marovitz chatted about the decline of the Bunny brand. He asked if there were any conservatives in the audience, which skewed white and rowdy.A guy in a Tommy Bahama–style shirt raised his hand."How was the drive up from Orange County? The crowd laughed, unaware that Martin would use the same joke the next week.He waited for the shouts of "Trump is a whiny little bitch" to subside—the line has become something of a catchphrase—and then went into his routine.Heavy on international politics, it included one of his favorite chestnuts: "Islam believes in peace."The plane emerged from the storm a few minutes before we landed at Midway Airport with a thump.At the regal Chicago Theatre, Maher stepped onstage in front of more than three thousand fans.