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Bill Maher coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall during Republican National Convention

CLEARWATER — Talk about politically incorrect.

On Aug. 30, the final night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Ruth Eckerd Hall has booked a show by none other than Bill Maher, who delights in skewering conservatives.

"I would imagine he's going to have a lot to say," said Ruth Eckerd's marketing director, Eric Blankenship.

The smirking political firebrand is best known for his pot-stirring HBO show Real Time With Bill Maher and for his former ABC show Politically Incorrect.

Although Maher's live show will bombard his audience with pungent political one-liners, they likely won't be televised.

"At this time, there aren't any plans for this to be a taped TV show," said Ruth Eckerd spokeswoman Katie Pedretty.

In late August, venues all over Tampa Bay will be hosting events related to the four-day Republican convention, but this is a little different. Some would call Maher rude, abrasive, sexist and sacrilegious — to which he would probably reply, "So?"

Maher, a veteran standup comedian, occasionally tours when not taping his TV show. Ruth Eckerd hosted his shows in 2008 and 2005.

Tickets will go on sale April 28. Tickets for Maher's last show at Ruth Eckerd were $60 to $90.

Bill Maher coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall during Republican National Convention 03/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 6:35pm]
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