Bill Maher poked fun at director Kevin Smith’s trademark choice of wardrobe Friday night… and the “Clerk” filmmaker didn’t poke back. Instead, he called the “Real Time” host “a stoner like me and a real pussycat when confronted.”
During Friday’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the comedian doubled down on a blog post he wrote in the wake of Stan Lee’s death, reaffirming that he wasn’t taking a shot at the comics legend, but rather at adults who should grow up and move “on to big-boy books without the pictures.”
Maher quoted Smith as saying at the time of Lee’s November death that he was “taking a shot when no shots were f—ing necessary,” an accusation that got the comedian fired up.
“Again, my shot wasn’t at Stan Lee; my shot was at grown men who still dress like kids,” Maher rebutted, after which a photo appeared beside him of Smith wearing jean shorts, a hockey jersey and a baseball cap.
Smith responded Saturday morning on Twitter with an old clip of Smith appearing on “Real Time.”
“Yes, @billmaher took a shot at me during his show last night, in the midst of his latest rant about @TheRealStanLee and adults who like comic books,” Smith said Saturday. “No, I’m not mad at all. Bill may talk tough but he’s a stoner like me and a real pussycat when confronted.”
In the old clip “Real Time” clip, Smith joked that he wanted to slap Maher and other late night hosts for poking fun at his weight.
“But not smack him with my hand, like d–k smack him. You know, like pop up and hit you in the face with it, and that’s why I lost the weight,” Smith said with a smile. The exchange nearly left Maher speechless.
Shortly after Lee’s passing back in November 2018, Maher wrote in a blog post, “America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess.” His article earned the rebuke of not just Smith, a close friend of Lee’s, but also Lee’s team, who slammed Maher’s comments as “frankly disgusting.”
“I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important,” he continued.
See Smith’s tweet below, and watch the “Real Time” segment in which Maher jabbed at Smith above:
Yes, @billmaher took a shot at me during his show last night, in the midst of his latest rant about @TheRealStanLee and adults who like comic books. No, I’m not mad at all. Bill may talk tough but he’s a stoner like me and a real pussycat when confronted: https://t.co/LRNdNeI2vr pic.twitter.com/VEf3fYi3b4
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 26, 2019