Quick Dennis Miller Facts:
- Dennis Miller hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- He started doing stand-up comedy in the late 1970s.
- He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1985, where he hosted "Weekend Update" until 1992.
- Miller hosted his own HBO talk show, Dennis Miller Live, from 1994 to 2002.
- During his career, Miller taped eight HBO specials and released four books and one album.
- After September 11, 2001, Miller shifted politically and became a more "conservative" comedian, contributing to FOX News and The O'Reilly Factor.
- In 2007, he began hosting his own syndicated talk radio show broadcast to 200 stations nationwide.
Dennis Miller Overview:
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In 1988, Miller taped his first HBO comedy special, called Mr. Miller Goes to Washington, which helped cement his status as one of the country's top political comedians. Later that year, he released his first (and only) stand-up album, The Off-White Album. Its success led to another HBO special, Dennis Miller: Black and White, in 1990.
In 1992, Miller left SNL to host his own syndicated talk show. However, due to poor time-slot placement, the show was canceled the same year.
In 2000, Miller also began a short -- and some would say disastrous -- stint as a color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football. He lasted only two seasons.
Following the attacks of September 11th, Miller -- who was a self-described "libertarian," but whose political comedy always leaned left of center -- went through a major political change and became a conservative comic. By 2003, he began appearing on the FOX News shows Hannity and Colmes and The O'Reilly Factor, then got his own political talk show on CNBC. That show was canceled in 2005 due to poor ratings.
Over the next few years, Miller appeared on a number of short-lived TV projects: The FOX News show Half-Hour News Hour in 2006 (one season); the games shows Grand Slam on G4 (one season) and Amne$iac on NBC (one month), both in 2007; the sports show Sports Unfiltered on Versus (one month).
But, later in 2007, Miller's career was reborn when he signed a deal to host a syndicated radio talk show. The show, called simply The Dennis Miller Show, broadcasts on 200 stations nationwide.The comedian's show features interviews with politicians and celebrities. Miller also still contributes to FOX News.
Additonal Dennis Miller Facts:
- In 2010, HBO debuted Miller's ninth hour-long comedy special, The Big Speech.
- Miller was voted number 21 in Comedy Central's poll of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
- He has had supporting roles in films such as Disclosure, The Net and Murder at 1600. His first and only leading role was in the 1996 horror film Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood.
- Writers on Miller's short-lived syndicated 1992 talk show included Dave Thomas, Norm MacDonald and Bob Odenkirk.