Dennis Miller is a wiseass and proud of it. Thing is, he’s a political wiseass and that sets him apart. Because at least since Sept. 11, 2001, he’s been leaning toward the right side of the political spectrum.
As he told Time magazine in 2003, “I’m left on a lot of things. It two gay guys want to get married, I could care less. If a nut case from overseas wants to blow up their wedding, that’s when I’m right.”
Miller will demonstrate his rantish comic stylings at 7 tonight at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights.
At 54, Miller has done more in his career than most of his peers. In addition to his standup act, he was a “Saturday Night Live” cast member for six seasons, where he anchored “Weekend Update.” He’s made movies (most recently “What Happens in Vegas” with Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz), and he’s written books (2001’s “I Rant, Therefore I Am”).
He was part of ABC’s “Monday Night Football” crew for a couple of seasons, done comedy specials and appeared on television shows as different as “The Tonight Show” and Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Plus, he’s hosted several different radio shows, most recently the nationally syndicated Dennis Miller Show, which runs for three hours daily.
While show business itself is perceived as being leftist in politics (think Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin and others), there are many Hollywood celebrities who fall to the right (think Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, etc.).
Miller thinks that his being a comic helped him to find a more conservative path.
As he explained on the Web site www.politico.com, “There’s pragmatism in stand-up comedy. It’s really Darwinian, it’s the Serengeti Plain, you exist from moment to moment, living from joke to joke. If you’re an impressionist you can turn around and nobody is really going to boo; singers have the trappings of the song. Comedians are out there foraging for the truffle that is the laugh and it makes us pragmatic.”
Whatever the source of his comedy, Miller is acidic in his expression of it. Here are a few examples of his opinions:
To Jay Leno in 2003: “You know, Jay, I used to be a liberal. You look at what happens in the State of California with untethered liberalism. Everybody in this state in charge now is a Democrat. It’s no longer the Andreas Fault, it’s Gray Davis’ fault. This is what happens when you elect lawyers. Shakespeare said first kill all the lawyers. I’ve been doing some thinking, I think we could get away with it because if you kill all of them, at our murder trial, we wouldn’t have adequate representation.”
To the Salt Lake Tribune: “When you wake up every day and your feet hit the ground and flip on the liberal radio they tell you how screwed-up you and your country are and how they’re patriotic for telling you that, it gets boring after a while. You go, ‘Hey, where’s the good news, pal?’ ”
On www.politico.com: “People think the D or the R after your name tells you everything nowadays; I think it tells you a minimal amount. How many times do you go to the movies with a loved one or a dear friend and you walk out shocked at their reaction to the film: they loved it and you hated it, or vice versa. That’s politics. I just see it one way and they see it another. If occasionally I have to hear Rob Reiner call me ‘naïve,’ well, somehow you soldier on, put one foot in front of the other, tuck it into the small of Tenzing Norgay III’s back and keep moving to the summit.”
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