Bill Maher Taping Back-to-Back Live Specials Five Blocks Apart

HBO announces a special Washington, D.C.-set episode of "Real Time" to be followed immediately by a stand-up special (also airing live) less than a mile away.
"Real Time With Bill Maher"  Janet Van Ham/HBO

Bill Maher is going to want to plan his route carefully. The comedian and Real Time host has committed to two live telecasts on HBO, airing back to back -- but set in different venues.

The cable net announced Tuesday that Maher heads to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12 for a special outing of Real Time in front of an audience at the Sidney Harman Hall. The episode, airing live during the earlier hour of 9 p.m. ET, will be immediately followed by another live telecast five blocks away.

At 10 p.m., Maher will move to another venue just north of the National Mall: the Warner Theatre, .6 miles down E Street. Another audience will be waiting for him there, where he'll perform his 10th stand-up special at the network since his relationship with HBO began in 1989.

There is no word on whether or not HBO plans to document Maher's five-block jaunt between Sidney Harman Hall and the Warner Theatre.

HBO is using the special as a conclusion to Maher's latest recurring segment: "Flip a District." The host has been asking viewers to nominate current elected representatives they'd like to see voted out of office. He'll use the D.C.-set Real Time to announce the winning (or, rather, losing) member of Congress he'll intend to oust in the November midterms.

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