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The Daily Show: March 27, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 27th 2007 11:41PM
Jon Stewart"Pull-Out Method": Minority Leader John Boehner is having a little trouble with benchmarks and contradictions. Plus, he's not fooling anyone when he says that his name is really pronounced "Baner". I'm still trying to work out how tropical fish worked into the House... and I have a sudden craving for a bucket o' peanuts and some Pork & Flag On A Stick.

"Showdown at Justice: Hereunder referred to as the 'Nonvoluntary Lawyer Disemployment Program' vis a vis certain events on or around 7 December 2006 (C.F. Appendix B, Codicil IX, Paragraph 7)": Alberto Gonzalez isn't doing so hot. So, what else is new?

"Diagnosis: Science": Jon called this one of Ron Riggle's on-going pieces, but I don't recall ever seeing this before. I know Jason Jones did a "Diagnosis: Mystery" segment with a similar intro (same creepy stare at the topless woman). I don't know, maybe I blacked out one night and totally missed something? Anyway, this was all right, but almost too ridiculous. I quite liked the final line about not being able to make a rabbit with a human-sized vagina.

The night's guest was Dennis Miller. Oh. My. God. I remember the first time I saw him on the Daily Show, I wanted to stab myself in the leg as a pure distraction. I hate it -- hate it -- when comedians go on talk shows and completely overhaul the moment with a blatantly planned stand-up routine. And I usually love dropping cultural references into conversations (hello, Venture Bros. and Spaced are two of my favorite shows), but Miller sounded so ridiculous and desperate. He should have quit while he was ahead with "the Louvre of DNA".

Jon/Stephen: The boys showed off their Miller impressions. Moment of Zen: Bubba Gump and Mr. Peanut and -- what?

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Here's a way to make Dennis Miller's talk show appearences more interesting:

The Dennis Miller Drinking Game. Drink a shot for every reference he makes. I guarantee you'll be wasted before the interview is even over.

March 28 2007 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Cicconi

@ Jack: I've listened to Miller for a while (well, only for a few years but I have old material) and I would posit that he's always had a lean to the right. It simply seemed less so when Clinton was in the White House because everybody was making fun at him.

I like the guy, and think he's pretty funny, I just don't agree with his politics. And he shouldn't have upstaged Jon (who's helping promote his radio show and Vegas act) with those ridiculous planned one-liners.

March 28 2007 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ever since 9/11, Dennis Miller has felt the need to be a political comedian for the right. That's fine, if he could still manage to be funny. His act has become "obscure pop culture reference + name of whichever democrat is currently in the news = simile that serves as punchline."

So yeah, he's "political" now, but his argument isn't compelling in the least. Nancy Pelosi blinks a lot. Robert Byrd is old. That's all ya got? Watching Alberto Gonzales backpedal from his previous statements is a thousand times more amusing than anything Miller said last night.

March 28 2007 at 7:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan C

I totally agree with you about comedians going on talk shows. Some of them can pull it off, but Dennis Miller, he's not one of them. I just find him annoying when waiting for him to get to the punchlines of his jokes.

Twitter, anyone?

March 28 2007 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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