After taking the stage to sustained applause, Bill Maher offered his audience good news and bad news. California’s wildfire season might be ended by rain, he said, but “because it’s California” that was likely to lead to more disasters — including flooding and landslides. Continuing in that same mode, Maher went on to cite Hawaii opening back up to vaccinated travelers.
“Finally, a governor who is asking the right questions about COVID — like, how will my policies affect Bill Maher’s New Year’s Eve plans?” he said — and mentioned that his planned New Year’s Eve gig there was back on. It wasn’t the only holiday he invoked in his opening monologue; Halloween came up as well. “This is the time of year when you’re really excited about your costume, but it hasn’t gotten you canceled yet,” Maher said.