dennis miller: don't stump for P&S

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  1. Micah Cohen

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Cohen, M
    Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2004 8:52 AM
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: widescreen monkey lover

    Dennis:

    Great show. But you lost me on your epilogue last night (2/17). Why on earth would you stump for pan & scan DVDs? Why would you choose "filling your screen" with half the image over getting the whole picture? (You're smart enough to know that you lose over half the orginal image with the pan & scan "full screen" process; you must be somewhat film-savvy, since you refer to movies all the time.) The ultimate irony is that you made a point of saying you had an expensive new home theater (wired to "change channels when you blink your eyes"); you and I both know that your expensive new home theater features a large WIDESCREEN television, making your Joe-Six-Pack, I-work-at-Circuit-City rant against widescreen DVDs all the more idiotic.

    And if you didn't get a large widescreen television with your expensive new home theater, then you got ripped off. If you need some home theater help, feel free to email me.

    In the meantime, enjoy movies in your home theater and keep up the great show. And bring back the monkey. He appreciates widescreen.

    Micah Cohen
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  2. Michael Reuben

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    Title edited to list the full name of the addressee. I doubt that most people reading the thread title would know which "dennis" is being referred to.

    Arguably, this belongs in TV Shows, but I'll leave it here for now and see how it develops.

    M.
     
  3. Rich Malloy

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    Meh... it's Dennis Miller, a towering ego married to a Joe-Sixpack intellect. This sounds like one of those pandering, Andy Rooney type "common man" rants that he typically garbles, feigning outrage and slumming for a little blue collar solidarity.

    This idiot's actually back on TV?
     
  4. Michael Reuben

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    Yes, but it's only CNBC. [​IMG]

    It's a daily show, too. I watched the premiere, out of "train wreck" fascination, but it was all I could stand.

    M.
     
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    "It's a daily show, too. I watched the premiere, out of "train wreck" fascination, but it was all I could stand."

    You're a better man than I. He almost ruined my Monday Night Footbal viewing pleasure. Every time he said something I'd have to translate for my buddies. [​IMG]
     
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    Lisa: My family never talks about library standards. And every time I try to steer the conversation that way, they make me feel like a nerd.
    Comic Book Guy: We are hardly nerds. Would a nerd wear such an irreverent sweatshirt?
    [open his jacket to show off his shirt]
    Lisa: [reading the shirt] "C:/DOS C:/DOS/RUN RUN/DOS/RUN".
    [laughs]
    Lisa: Oh, only one person in a million would find that funny.
    Professor Frink: Yes, we call that the "Dennis Miller Ratio."
     
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    What happened to Dennis Miller? He used to be so intelligent, now he just seems like a rah-rah Joe Six Pack who no longer questions authority. I used to be a huge fan of his, but I have not tuned into his new show. I was disgusted when I read in an interview how he said he would not criticize the current administration. Where is the objective commentary in that? Surely even the most partisan person could disagree with something our leadership does?

    I like my political comedians to be able to make fun of BOTH sides. Let's face it, ALL politicians do stupid things, you shouldn't get a pass from being made fun of just because of the letter next to your name.

    If Dennis Miller is truly now against widescreen, then I fear he has stopped thinking objectively altogether. The old Dennis used to make fun of stupidity, now it seeems as if he is embracing it.

    What exactly did he say about widescreen?
     
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    I crashed after watching the panel discussion during the 11:00 replay as usual...what did he say?
     
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    I used to be a huge Dennis Miller fan. I was even in the audience once on his HBO show. His current show is just unwatchable. While he was once cutting edge, he now sounds a Republican Puppet. This show really belongs on the Fascist, er..Fox News Channel.

    Jeff
     
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    Well, apparently, hardly anyone is watching his show anyway so he is like a tree falling in the woods.
     
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    Boy do we agree on that.

    I NEVER missed "Dennis Miller Live", *ever*. I liked him because he took shots at everybody, regardless of political party.

    Now? He truly is a puppet. He sold out. Who's next? George Carlin?
     
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    But don't forget there are plently of comedians out there who are bleeding heart liberal as well.
     
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    Dennis Miller's shift from bright cynic to cynical shill is one of the more depressing transformations of our time. I know people who have worked with him and his ego -- no surprise -- is supposed to be boundless.
     
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    Let's dispense with the "bleeding heart liberal" and "Republican puppet" talk so that Micah's original thread idea can continue. And, Micah, nice try.
     
  15. Michael Reuben

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    To add to Jack's point: Any comedian with an agenda other than laughter quickly stops being funny. Miller is an object lesson. The transformation was well underway during the last year of his HBO show (of which I watched every episode, even at the end when it was tough going).

    The biggest problem I saw with Miller's new show (admittedly, this is from watching one episode) is that he's following all the old rhythms and routines developed for a comedy show, but he's trying to be serious. It's a bad mix. And the guy still hasn't learned how to conduct an interview.

    M.
     
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    I just wanna know if Micah gets a response. You KNOW that Miller has a widescreen TV or a projector/screen, so what the F is he talking about?
     
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    I’ve not seen his new show, but I did catch him on Bill Maher one Friday. He was not funny enough to be on as a comic and did not have enough credibility in politics and world affairs to be taken seriously (though he certainly was trying).

    My wife and I just shook our heads in disbelief. He was by far the weakest guest that evening.
     
  18. Micah Cohen

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    Well, the show is awful. Miller is a train wreck. Chevy Chase comes to mind. (And I like Miller himself and his comedy and even his turn to the dark side. I like that. But his show is nearly unwatchable. He's just not "a host.")

    Be that as it may, he did an end-of-show rant last night on how he hates "letterboxing" and how it's like "looking through a mail slot" (GENIUS!) and how he doesn't care about any artistic "cha-cha" and wants the picture to fill his screen! New home theater and all, cupcake!

    No response yet.

    "If you want to help the world, tell funnier jokes!" (say the aliens to Woody in STARDUST MEMORIES.)

    MC
     
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    Apparently, Dennis Miller's leanings aren't exactly news to those that worked with him (see: SNL alumni). Frankly, I'm not surprised on either count. Unlike those with real talent both behind the camera and in front of it *cough* Jon Stewart *cough*, he's not able to give both sides a beating, let alone do comedy that's both a wink and a welcome insult to the audience. That's why he sides with the J6P "dirty tricks"-loving audience. His ignorance (feigned or otherwise) of the advantages of OAR/widescreen to pander to same goes with the territory. Why he chose CNBC of all places to air his show is beyond me. I'm guessing it's NBC's desperation to appear as "fair and balanced" (a quote, let me remind you, that was all but laughed out of court) as Fox News says they are.
     
  20. Michael Reuben

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    Maybe no one else would have him.

    M.
     

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