Animal lovers know animal abuse is no laughing matter, and outspoken, animal-loving comedian Bill Maher is no different. Last night at PETA’s Stand up for Animals benefit, the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher kept the audience in stitches with his signature brand of sardonic wit.
Referencing both PETA’s legacy and 1987’s smash film “Fatal Attraction” about an affair gone wrong, Maher said, “Before PETA was around, you know, you could f-ck with animals any way, anybody, anytime, anywhere, and now you can’t. That’s a pretty big change in the world. That’s a big achievement. … Animals will not be ignored. They’re the Glenn Close of species.”
Hosted by famed character actor Fred Willard, the event took place at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and featured some of the comedy world’s all-stars, including Glee star Jane Lynch, insult comic Jeffrey Ross and Modern Family writer Carol Leifer. Guests, including Moby, Olivia Munn, Pink, Carey Hart, Emily Osment, Chloris Leachman, Jorja Fox, Christian Serratos, Renee Olstead, and Elisabetta Canalis, noshed on vegan treats and laughed the night away, knowing their patronage helps PETA combat animal abuse.