Dennis Miller: The HBO Comedy Specials
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Dennis Miller has been hailed as one of the premiere comedy talents in America today. The Hollywood Reporter called his most recent special 'an hour of topical, scathing brilliance that helps cement Miller's status as the Lenny Bruce of the new millennium...the most cerebral, astute and clever standup ever to put mouth to microphone.'
He is a five-time Emmy award winner for his critically acclaimed half-hour, live talk show Dennis Miller Live, which had a nine year run on HBO. He was also the host and executive producer of CNBC's Dennis Miller, a topical interview talk show.
For two seasons, Miller called the plays alongside Al Michaels and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts on ABC's Monday Night Football. He was also the Weekend Update correspondent on Saturday Night Live for six years, before exiting in 1991. He has also been cast in films, usually in dramatic roles, most notably in 1994's Disclosure, 1995's The Net, and 1996's Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
In October 2001, HarperCollins published the fourth edition of Miller's popular rants, The Rant Zone, now out in paperback. Miller's previous books, I Rant Therefore I Am; Ranting Again; and The Rants have all been New York Times best sellers.
Miller continues to appear regularly on many politically oriented television talk shows, as well as on his own current nationally syndicated daily radio talk show.
PROGRAMS IN THE SET INCLUDE:
Dennis Miller - Mr. Miller Goes to Washington (1988)
Dennis Miller - Black and White (1990)
Dennis Miller Live from Washington D.C. - They Shoot HBO Specials, Don t They? (1994)
Dennis Miller - Citizen Arcane (1996)
Dennis Miller - The Millennium Special: 1,000 Years, 100 Laughs, 10 Really Good Ones (1999)
Dennis Miller - Raw Feed (2003)
Dennis Miller - All In (2006)
When he was on his game, he was the baddest and brightest stand-up comedian in the country. For those of us who have pined many moons, equal parts impatient and incredulous, for his inexplicably unreleased HBO comedy specials from the 90s; it's time to celebrate an overdue victory. Dennis Miller: The HBO Specials is exactly what the doctor ordered for fans who remember the days when a thesaurus was a requisite part of the experience. A comic who could make you laugh and think is never something to take for granted, as they are always in woefully short supply. Miller, from his snarky heyday as Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update anchor in the late 80s and early 90s, was arguably the most consistently entertaining, and intimidating, funnyman on the scene. Miller has made seven official specials for HBO, all of which are collected in this very reasonably priced and highly recommended set.
Black and White, for me, is on the short list of all-time post Lenny Bruce stand up concert recordings: it is an absolute tour de force and easily justifies the purchase of this entire set. A few highlights, taken at random: 'I view the reunification of Germany in much the same way I view a possible Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis reconciliation: I haven t really enjoyed any of their previous work and I m not sure I need to see the new sh*t right now' ;' (TV preachers) say they don t favor any particular denomination...but I think we've all seen their eyes light up at tens and twenties.'
Miller's HBO feature for the end of the century, 1999's The Millennium Special. is a terrific idea that is pulled off with aplomb. Miller focuses on the 1900s and breaks the century into 20-odd year chunks. He does the news (relaying the popular stories of the times with his trademark Weekend Update shtick): it is clever and funny.
Dennis Miller still looms large as one of the five best stand-up comedians of the past 20 years. This egregiously overdue purging of the HBO vaults should come as a welcome relief to fans who remember watching these specials in real time. --Sean Murphy, PopMatters
Dennis Miller: The HBO Specials may very well end up being the comedy DVD release of 2009. Known more for being politically outspoken since 9/11, Miller nonetheless remains one of the wryest talents in American comedy. His gift for turning a phrase and concocting the most mind-boggling pop culture references is unmatched -- it's a style of comedy that remains uniquely his own. This extraordinary three-disc compilation includes nearly twenty years of Miller, an unmatched look at the evolution of his comedy as superimposed on a full generation of current events. It's enthralling, enlightening, challenging... and best of all, funny. Forget about politics -- this guy is as great as virtual friends can be. HBO Comedy specials from 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2006 are included, and there's not a bad note in any of them. That's how you define a legend. --IGN Digigods
Top Customer Reviews
I'm giving it five stars, mainly for value and for the inclusion of the two key specials: Mr. Miller Goes to Washington (1988), which is the very same show that (more or less, with a couple of edits) was released as the classic "Off-White Album" on Warner Bros. Records - this LP was a staple of my college years. The other absolute gem here is "The Millennium Special", which I think was up for an Emmy or two. It's one of the greatest comedy specials you'll ever see - consistently firing on all cylinders, hitting both highbrow historical references and some pretty lowbrow laughs (with Norm McDonald, who is a riot with his `guest' appearances throughout). I taped this off HBO and must've watched it around 12 or 15 times over the years, and always wondered why it wasn't out on DVD. The other specials included are "Black and White" (1990), "Live From Washington DC" (1994), "Citizen Arcane" (1996), "The Raw Feed" (2003) and "All In" (2006). All specials are basically 45 min-to-one-hour in running length, ranging from very good to just ok - the two recent ones are just ok; some good gags but I'm of the opinion that Miller was a lot funnier before he decided he was a Republican, post-9/11. He used to be a pretty acerbic equal-opportunity offender, leaning somewhat left, but in "Raw Feed" and "All In" he pretty much comes off as a hard-core Bush Republican: for better or worse, depending on your political leanings, it's preserved here for posterity.Read more ›
Having the series and the specials on home video was always a goal of mine. I never recorded any of it on VHS, so thankfully someone at HBO used his head and released these on DVD. They did a good job with it.
Now, if only they could bring the series to DVD. ;) I know his topical humor doesn't resonate quite so much today, but things haven't changed THAT much in the world since Miller went off air.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great value on classic stand-up performances by the King of pop references.Published 6 months ago by sirguitarist
I'd liked what I'd seen of Dennis Miller on TV (O'Reilly show). HOWEVER, this was horrid! The language was unbelievable (glad I've never paid to see him in person). Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dorothy A. Schulz
I've always enjoyed Dennis Miller. Been laughing at his stuff for decades now ...... and decades to come.Published 24 months ago by John
Dennis Miller is brilliant and so funny! He targets the issues and tells it like it is! I love this guy.Published on December 3, 2013 by Barbara Sudweeks
Dennis Miller is an old favorite and it's been interesting to watch his transitio from liberal to conservative. These old specials will be fun to watch!Published on July 31, 2013 by Marilyn Baldwin
I do like Dennis Miller. He does have a sharp wit. Most of the material was great, some not as good, but overall, it was good. As always I get the best service through Amazon.Published on June 5, 2013 by blondie
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