Who’s on Real Time with Bill Maher tonight, May 1?

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Last Night On gives fans a breakdown of the guest lineup for tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Quarantining and social distancing hasn’t slowed down Real Time with Bill Maher. The late night show and host Bill Maher have been on a roll in recent weeks and that trend looks to continue tonight.

Despite hosting the show and conducting interviews from his backyard, Maher’s show has produced some of its best episodes in recent memory. Week after week, Maher has made headlines for his opinions or for the engaging debate he’s had with guests.

Whether people agree with Maher or not isn’t necessarily important. Real Time has long been the most provocative show in late night. These shows during the pandemic have solidified that while Maher continues to dominate the conversation on everything from media coverage to Chinese wet markets.

Fans can expect more of the same tonight. Here’s a complete breakdown of the Real Time with Bill Maher guest lineup:

Eric Holder

Real Time kicks off with a returning guest. Former Attorney General Eric Holder is set to make his third appearance on the show.

Holder served as Attorney General under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015. He is currently the chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee dedicated to reforming gerrymandering.

In his interview with Maher, Holder can speak to the Justice Department’s role in the pandemic response, the job of current Attorney General Bill Barr, and how districting could influence the presidential election.

Bret Stephens

Another returning guest is on the schedule. New York Times columnist Bret Stephens is back for the seventh time.

In addition to his column, Stephens can be seen on MSNBC. On the COVID-19 pandemic, he has argued that the national lockdown is bad both for public health and from a political perspective. He claims that the model used in New York City should not be applied to the entire country.

There is an increasing restlessness when it comes to quarantining in the U.S. Maher and Stephens should get into the pros and cons of “reopening” the country in the coming weeks.

Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi rounds out tonight’s guest lineup. He has made several appearances on Real Time before, though his last spot was in 2015.

Taibbi is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, an author, and host of the “Useful Idiot” podcast. He and Maher could discuss media coverage of the pandemic, the response by the Trump administration, and concerns over the spread of misinformation.

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Who are you most excited to see on tonight’s show? Let us know in the comment section below. Real Time with Bill Maher airs at 10:00 PM ET on HBO.