How A Near-Death Experience Inspired Bill Maher's Executive Producer To Write His Latest Play

October 20, 2014 9:23 PM

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And when writer Scott Carter finally faced those questions, the result was the creation of his new play, "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord", which debuted at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles last weekend. The work explores the different biblical creations of the three men and imagines what would happen if their visions came together as one. Carter, who is also the executive producer and writer for "Real Time With Bill Maher", joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani today to discuss what inspired him to dig into this deeper subject matter.

"I was a stand-up comic in New York decades ago and was sort of ignoring or being hostile to the notion of God and sort of delaying thinking about all of the big questions of life or a lot of them," said Carter. "And then I had a near-death asthma attack that put me into the hospital for about a wee...

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