Bill Maher admitted his decades-long crusade against religion was a shtick in a satirical “Funny Or Die” video released on Monday. Also read: Bill Maher Scores Most-Watched HBO Comedy Special Since Robin Williams Show in 2009 The sketch started with the HBO personality and stand-up comedian holding rosary beads and making sweet eyes at the Virgin Mary while praying. Then actress Annabelle Gurwitch entered — and she was shocked by what she saw: “But you're an atheist!” she exclaimed. “Stephen Colbert isn't really conservative. Rock Hudson isn't really a lady killer,” Maher responded. “This is an act. This is what we do.