Being politically incorrect got Bill Maher canned from ABC’s late-night series, Politically Incorrect, 16 years ago.

But HBO came in and saved Maher’s day, and career. And now, it’s time for his 15th anniversary, and HBO will celebrate by airing REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER: ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Friday, Oct. 19.

The special looks back at highlights of Maher’s 25-year-run on late-night TV, featuring archival footage from both Real Time with Bill Maher and Politically Incorrect, as well as appearances by such notables as Salman Rushdie, Maureen Dowd, Billy Crystal, Larry David, Martin Short, Woody Harrelson and Barbra Streisand, among others, who offer observations on what has contributed to his success over the years and what continues to set him apart.