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10 Questions For Dennis Miller
By DENNIS MILLER AND REBECCA WINTERS

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003
He has unleashed his rants on Saturday Night Live, Monday Night Football and his own HBO series. On Jan. 26, Dennis Miller will launch a one-hour daily talk show on CNBC in prime time. TIME's Rebecca Winters finds out why the Emmy Award-winning comedian has changed his political stripes, whom he likes on SNL and what's got him all riled up now.

Why do we need another talk show? Maybe we don't. This one, just when you think it's gonna be a topical news show, it'll be a humor show. And just when you think it's gonna be a humor show, it'll be a news show. We're not trying to blur the line; we're trying to obliterate it.

Your politics have drifted right in recent years. How come? I'm left on a lot of things. If 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. (Sept. 11) was a big thing for me. I was saying to liberal America, "Well, what are you offering?" And they said, "Well, we're not going to protect you, and we want some more money." That didn't interest me.

Who in politics inspires you? George Bush. He's been dealt an amazingly heavy hand of cards here, and I think he's doing his best ... Bush had the balls to start something that's not gonna be finished in his lifetime. The liquidation of terrorism is not gonna happen for a long time. But to take the first step? Ballsy.

Explain how the war in Iraq makes sense to you as a response to 9/11. Like there's no chance that the secular state of Iraq and Islamic fundamentalists cohabitate? They both think we're Satan. How about that as a nice point of departure for them car-pooling? I wish there was a country called al-Qaedia that we could have invaded, but there wasn't. (Saddam was) the only one who had a home address.

A lot of California Republicans want you to run for Senate. Will you? At some point that involves moving to Washington, D.C., sitting in a room all day with a moron like Barbara Boxer. I'm just not interested. I like open minds, and I think in Washington right now, we might as well start painting those people red and blue.

Should we be worried that the country seems increasingly polarized politically? I'm not worried. Most Americans will let liberals and conservatives play their games because most Americans don't pay attention. They're out there earning a living, trying to bounce their kids on their laps and watch Trista and Ryan's wedding.

What were your parents' politics? I didn't know my Dad—he moved out early. And my mom's politics were kind of hardscrabble. She didn't think about Democrats or Republicans. She thought about who made sense. I've been both in my life. Somebody can say they don't understand why somebody drifts. But I've always found people who drift interesting, 'cause it shows me the game's not stagnant in their own head. They're thinking.

Do you like Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon's take on your old Saturday Night Live gig? Tina Fey might be the best "Weekend Update" anchor who ever did it. She writes the funniest jokes. Jimmy Fallon's forte is the sketches. He's got the pre-emptively disheveled haircut. There's too much artifice happening there.

What's more fun, pretending to be a journalist or pretending to be a sportscaster? I had fun pretending to be a sportscaster. People always think that was a down thing for me. I had the best job in sports broadcasting for two years. And I had never been to a football game. I felt like the guy in Catch Me If You Can.

Do you rant at home? No. I talk to my wife and kids about politics, but I try to make it less professorial. I will say this, I feel more politically engaged than I've ever felt in my life because I do think we live in dangerous times, and anybody who looks at the world and says this is the time to be a wuss—I can't buy that anymore.

From the Dec. 22, 2003 issue of TIME magazine
 

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I've always been a fan of Miller:thumb
 

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I don't know....I like Dennis Miller but I don't think this show's gonna make it. I mean, c'mon, does anyone with a sense of humor watch CNBC? :redflip
 

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I'm gonna start watching CNBC because my main man Dennis will be ranting my exact feelings on everything.

He's brilliant, and he makes me feel brilliant. He's the other man on my nonexistant "would do in a heartbeat" list.
 

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I agree Excessa...Miller's humor has always appealed to me, and frankly I like it that only me and 3 other people get his references.

Who knows Lee...maybe Dennis will get those people to loosen up a bit.
 

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Dennis Miller is great. He's gone from a funny man to a brilliant comedian over the years. He's one of the best there is.
 

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I hope the show does well. I will watch it. I think he will be better than most of the talking heads out there. I still watch reruns of DML on HBO comedy and in my opinion he does much better political interviews than entertainment interviews. His main problem will be getting guests. His willingness to call BS on people makes him a real wildcard. As an example I don't expect Gloria Allred to make an appearence anytime soon. Another problem is the inability to swear. He doesn't do as well when he has to tone it down.
 

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He needs to run for president, he'd get my vote.
 

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H2O_Goalie said:
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Who in politics inspires you? George Bush. He's been dealt an amazingly heavy hand of cards here, and I think he's doing his best ... Bush had the balls to start something that's not gonna be finished in his lifetime. The liquidation of terrorism is not gonna happen for a long time. But to take the first step? Ballsy.
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karl_1052 said:
i don't find him funny, but all he talks about is US politics, which is like a foreign language to me.:shrug
He's funny if you get his jokes...I admit to some of them going over my head too sometimes.
 

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Comedian turning politician. I agree with the others...he's getting to political in all his jokes and humor.
 

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H2O_Goalie said:
I agree Excessa...Miller's humor has always appealed to me, and frankly I like it that only me and 3 other people get his references.

Who knows Lee...maybe Dennis will get those people to loosen up a bit.
I agree. He's always been funny to me, but his humor usually has a more serious message under the surface.

If it takes you a mintute to get his joke, chances are you just learned something valuable as well.
 
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