Real Time host and marijuana advocate Bill Maher opened his show on Friday by lamenting over the story that the two men behind the Charlie Hebdo mass shooting were also “potheads.”
“They smoked weed, but obviously not enough,” he said of Cherif and Said Kouachi. “Far be it from me to make fun of religion. But only religion could ruin getting high and looking at cartoons.”
The Kouachis were killed by French police during a raid in the northern city of Dammartin-en-Goele on Friday, less than a week after they reportedly stormed the newspaper’s offices and killed 12 staff members. While Maher applauded Charlie Hebdo for continuing to work following the attack, he noted the irony in their alleged accomplice, Amedy Coulibaly, dying during a separate raid after taking hostages inside a Jewish supermarket in Paris.
“I just hope that the last thing that went through this guy’s head, other than the sound of the bullet, was an old Jewish woman complaining that the brisket is too fatty,” Maher said.
Between the attacks in France and the allegations that North Korea was behind a massive cyber-attack against Sony Entertainment, Maher argued, the recurring theme during his show’s hiatus was “no joking,” since it exposed how some people cannot handle being the butt of the joke.
“North Korea, they don’t like it. These a*sholes in Paris who shot cartoonists this week, they don’t like it,” Maher said. “And as a jokester, I just have to say, the world needs to stand as one and — to quote the immortal Dick Cheney — say, ‘Go f*ck yourself.'”
But Maher also chided Sony for briefly pulling the movie The Interview, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in response to an online threat of violence against moviegoers.
“Congratulations, Sony — you put up less resistance than the French,” he quipped.
Watch Maher’s monologue, as posted online on Friday, below.