Dennis Miller Biography | Who Is Dennis Miller
Dennis Miller is an American comedian, talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, and actor.
From 1985 to 1991, Miller was a cast member of Saturday Night Live and subsequently hosted a string of his own talk shows on HBO, CNBC, and in syndication. Later from 2007 to 2015, he hosted a daily, three-hour, self-titled talk radio program, nationally syndicated by Westwood One.
Miller is known for his critical assessments of current events, laced with pop culture references and delivered in an idiosyncratic verbal style.
On Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time, he appears in position 21. Miller was also ranked as the best host of SNL’s Weekend Update by Vulture.com.
Dennis Miller Age
Miller was born on November 3, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. He is 65 years old as of 2018.
Dennis Miller Wife
On April 24, 1988, Dennis married Carolyn “Ali” Espley, a former model from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Carolyn is best known as the girl in Kajagoogoo’s 1983 “Too Shy” music video.
The couple has two sons, Holden, who was born in 1990 and Marlon, born in 1993. The couple lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Dennis Miller Trump
In the 2016 U.S. general election, Dennis became a strong supporter of Donald Trump, addressing a Tweet to Republicans who were uncertain after Trump wrapped up the nomination:
“Don’t kid yourself. At this point, any vote for anyone that is not Donald Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton. Also, both Presidential boxes left blank is a vote for Hillary Clinton because, as mindless as Liberals can be, even they don’t enter into suicide pacts with that petulant, whiny part of themselves. If that is your wont, fine… do it! But don’t bullshit yourself. You’re electing Hillary Clinton because you want to elect Hillary Clinton.”
One of the reasons he opposed Clinton was her support for unrestricted access to abortion. Dennis told Bill O’Reilly, “The left believes in cradle to grave entitlement. They just make it hard to get to the cradle.”
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Dennis Miller Radio Show | Dennis Miller Show | Dennis Miller Radio
The Dennis Miller Show was a conservative American comedy and talk radio show hosted by Dennis Miller on Westwood One. The show debuted on March 26, 2007, and ran through February 27, 2015.
It aired at different times at various locations with Dennis broadcasting out of his home in the Santa Barbara, California area and with the rest of the show being broadcast from Culver City, California. The show also featured a website with additional material for paid subscribers.
Some of the notable political guests to have been featured on the show are like; George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfield, and many others.
The Dennis Miller Option
The Dennis Miller Option is a podcast hosted by Miller. In February, the podcast moved form PodcastOne to Westwood One. It releases new episodes twice per week beginning on Feb. 12.
Dennis Miller Tour
- NOV 5, Tuesday 5:30 pm – William Saroyan Theatre Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.
- NOV 5, Tuesday 7:30 pm – William Saroyan Theatre Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.
Dennis Miller Stand Up | Dennis Miller Comedian
After seeing a Robin Williams comedy special on HBO in 1979, Dennis decided that he had to pursue his dream of being a stand-up comedian.
In Pittsburgh, he began pursuing a comedy career by performing at open-mic nights. He backed out of his first two attempts to perform at an open mic due to stage fright and anger with himself wondering whether the drive to perform was a need for approval from others. He finally made his debut at the Oak’s Lounge on Sleepy Hollow Road in Castle Shannon, with most of his family in the crowd to cheer him on.
He later began appearing onstage at the Oak’s Lounge in Castle Shannon while working at the Giant Eagle deli in Kennedy. Dennis continued to do stand-ups in Oakland and at places like Brandy’s in the Strip District and the Portfolio on Craig Street, eventually saving up $1,000 which he used to try to fast-track his comedy career by moving to New York City.
While in New York Dennis submitted a joke for a Playboy magazine contest for humor writing that was judged by an all-star panel including Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Martin Mull, Art Buchwald, and Buck Henry. Of around 15,000 entries, Dennis tied for second and his joke and picture appeared in the June 1979 issue of the magazine. He won $500 as a runner-up in Playboy’s first annual humor competition with the following joke: The only difference between group sex and group therapy is that in group therapy you hear about everyone’s problems, and in group sex you see them.
He gained more exposure when he tried out for the New York Laff-Off Contest. The contest had 40 slots; 32 of them had already been filled by the top regulars who appeared at the three comedy venues sponsoring the competition. 350 other people tried out for the remaining eight slots, some of whom had appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, or The Mike Douglas Show. Many of the comedians Dennis was up against had hours of crafted material, while he had fine-tuned around ten minutes. He, however, surprisingly earned one of the remaining slots. For the competition itself, Dennis appeared at the Improv and received a standing ovation, moving him onto the finals.
Although he did not win the Laff-Off, Dennis was seen by dozens of talent agents, resulting in bookings at colleges and other clubs.
Dennis has a laid-back style like calling people “babe” or “cat” and an acerbic, brooding sense of humor. Dennis’ specialty is the rant, which typically begins with “Now, I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but…” and ends with “…of course, that’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.”
He listed his comedic influences for The New York Times as including “Jonathan Miller, Richard Pryor, Richard Belzer, and Mr. [Jay] Leno.” When asked by the Times about the comedians Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce, to whom he is often compared, Dennis stated that he had been impressed with transcripts of Sahl’s early work but that as Sahl’s career continued he became too tied to the Kennedy family and became a “savage name-dropper,” which diminished him in Dennis’ eyes, and served as an example for him to avoid.
Dennis had no respect for Bruce, telling the Times, “Lenny was a heroin addict, and I couldn’t care less about heroin addicts. Once I hear a guy is a heroin addict, and they tell me he’s a genius, I think, ‘Really?’ I’m not trying to be judgmental. But anybody whose last vision is of a tile pattern on a bathroom floor, I don’t know what kind of genius they are.”
Dennis Miller Rants
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Dennis Miller MNF | Dennis Miller Monday Night Football
By late June 2000, it was announced that Dennis had beaten out Rush Limbaugh and Tony Kornheiser (among others) for a job as a color commentator on ABC’s Monday Night Football. The L.A. Times called Dennis’ hiring “one of the boldest moves in sports television history,” and noted that Dennis, like Cosell, was “someone who is loved and hated,” a person is seen by some “as brilliant and witty; others see him as smug, pompous, and obnoxious.”
After the announcement, Dennis appeared on the July 3, 2000, cover of Sports Illustrated with the title “Can Dennis Miller Save ‘Monday Night Football?’”. He told reporters that he would not be trying to dominate the show. Both he and Ohlmeyer said his role would not be that of a comedian and stated, “I’m going to try to stay in the background and ask questions a fan would ask. The rants are my HBO show and I won’t try to recreate that. I’m going to try to integrate myself in a three-man scheme.”
Dennis and the new broadcasting team began airing through the preseason, starting on July 31, 2000, in the preseason Hall of Fame Game between the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers.
Its official season opener was on September 4, 2000, with the Denver Broncos at the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams. Dennis performance at the official opener was met with mixed reviews. For example, AP and The Boston Globe held that Dennis had improved from preseason, but The Washington Times said he “comes off as being a smug, smarmy, smirking sort,” and The Toronto Star suggested, “Send Dennis back to the Comedy Channel. … This guy just isn’t very good.”
Throughout Dennis’ Football coverage his commentary was sprinkled with esoteric references.
Dennis and Fouts were replaced by Madden, who was signed on February 28, 2002, for $5 million a year for four years.
Dennis Miller SNL
Dennis’ big break came in 1985 when he was discovered by Lorne Michaels at The Comedy Store. Michaels had him come in for an audition and David did an audition in L.A. for SNL and that went well enough for him to be brought to New York for a second audition in a room in Times Square. About 70 people watched this second audition and this was most of the show’s staff along with Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon, and Dan Aykroyd.
After the New York audition Dennis went to dinner with Michaels and Jack Nicholson. Dennis felt that this was just another aspect of his audition, to see if he could handle himself around famous people, so he “just sat there quietly”.
Dennis released a stand-up comedy CD, The Off-White Album, in 1988, derived from an HBO special titled Mr. Miller Goes to Washington, which drew heavily from the observational and metaphor-driven style he was known for on Saturday Night Live, and showed glimpses of the political humor that would influence his later work.
Dennis decided he was going to leave SNL after the 1990-91 season despite being happy with his role on the show and despite loving writing political gags for it, because he had turned 38 and his 18-month-old son Holden had made him want to strive for things to “make the boy proud.” Dennis thought that his outspokenness behind the SNL desk on political topics and even on jokes not working out made the transition to talk show host a good idea. Dennis also felt that the SNL studio audience never fully accepted him in skits as other characters, making him question his acting ability.
Dennis Miller Fox News
Dennis was a regular political commentator on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor in a segment called “Miller Time”, and he previously appeared on the network’s Hannity & Colmes in a segment called “Real Free Speech.”
Dennis Miller Net Worth
Dennis has a net worth of $30 million.
Dennis Miller Quotes
- The current tax code is harder to understand than Bob Dylan reading Finnegans Wake in a wind tunnel.”
- At one time, Washington actually meant something. But now, it’s about as relevant as Bob Dylan’s tuning fork.
- Joan Rivers telling Lauren Bacall her dress is all wrong is like Carrot Top telling Lenny Bruce he needs to get an edge.
- The American education system couldn’t be more badly directed or poorly funded if the Secretary of Education were Ed Wood.
- I think the American legal system sucks worse than a Celine Dion cover version of “Whole Lotta Love.”I’m sorry, those pictures from the Abu Ghraib.
- At first, they, like infuriated me, I was sad. Then like, a couple days later, after they cut the guy’s head off, they didn’t seem like much. And now, I like to trade them with my friends.
- A new poll of Iraqis shows that more than half of them believe they would be safer if U.S. troops left their country. In a related story, more than half of Americans believe we would be safer if Iraqis stopped answering poll questions and helped us get their damn lights back on, OK? I love that story, a poll of Iraqis want us to leave.
- The Pentagon admitted the Iraqi was never given an identification number and that the Red Cross was never notified about his capture. However, [Defense Secretary] Donald Rumsfeld claims the prisoner has been treated in accordance with Geneva Conventions, including regular conjugal visits with his favorite goat.
- Forbes magazine has named Mel Gibson this year’s most powerful celebrity. … Forbes’ least powerful celebrity? [Miller displayed the widely circulated image from the Lynndie England photographs of a hooded Iraqi prisoner with wires attached to his outstretched arms] You’re looking at him. Screw this guy. … [He’s a] bad guy.
- South African schoolchildren set a world record this week by creating the world’s longest clothesline. Hey, what do South Africans wash their clothes with? Apar-Tide!
Dennis Miller Movies
- Madhouse (1990) – Wes
- Disclosure (1994) – Mark Lewyn
- The Net (1995) – Dr. Alan Champion
- Never Talk to Strangers (1995) – Cliff Raddison
- Bordello of Blood (1996) – Rafe Guttman
- Murder at 1600 (1997) – Detective Steve Stengel
- Joe Dirt (2001) – Zander Kelly
- Thank You for Smoking (2005) – himself
- What Happens in Vegas (2008) – Judge Whopper
- The Campaign (2012) – himself
- Joe Dirt 2 (2015) – Zander Kelly
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