The Dennis Miller Option
Summary: Each week, Emmy-winning comedian Dennis Miller provides his no-holds-barred, uncensored take on current events, politics, pop culture, and anything else that’s on his mind. Joining him will be a A-list guests from across the political, comedic, and entertainment spectrums, along with his “Guy Friday,” Christian Bladt.
Paul Shaffer spends an hour in the studio, discussing his mini-residency in Las Vegas and some of the guests who have joined him. He looks back at the beginning of his careee in “Godspell” in Toronto in 1972, where he worked with Martin Short, Gilda Radner and Andrea Martin, being a part of the first five seasons of SNL including helping develop The Blues Brothers and Nick the Lounge Singer. He describes his first meetig with David Letterman and what it was like to work with him for 33 years. He also talks about getting to know Richard Belzer when he first moved to New York, and the first time he ran into Dennis at Catch A Rising Star in the 80s. Paul also discusses performing at Live Aid, his upcoming SiriusXM series, how cool Sinatra and Bing Crosby we’re and when he became a big James Brown fan. Finally, Paul responds to the rumor that he was Jerry Seinfeld’s first choice to play George Constanta.
Martin Short joins Dennis via phone to talk about Christmas, continuing his tour with Steve Martin and doing Paul Shaffer's show in Vegas. They also talk some of Martin's upcoming projects, his time on SNL and the dry wit of Christopher Guest. Dennis and Christian talk about VIctor Fleming as Woodrow Wilson's photographer, Kenneth Branuagh's Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Shakespeare and Dennis and Mark Steyn's show in Syracuse being the same night Duke is in town. Plus: an Arkansas candidate for city council who didn't vote for himself in a run-off election that ended in a tie ultimately lost on a roll of the dice. They also discuss the time Dennis took ambien on a flight, how legal marijuana makes sense for a country that doesn't try anymore, Steph Curry not believing the moon landing, Wait Watchers being criticized for hiring Kate Hudson as an ambassador, an imprisoned deer poacher who has to watch "Bambi" once a month, bees, things falling from the sky, Def Leppard keeping one-armed drummer Rick Allen after losing his arm, and a dip into the mailbag asks the eternal question: did Jimi Hendrix self-pleasure himself right handed?
Dennis tells National Review editor Rich Lowry he doesn’t understand conservatives who would prefer Hillary to Trump. Rich talks about how he doesn’t take what Trump says personally but he could try harder to restrain himself. They also discuss the impact of the midterm elections, the importance of the suburbs, the path to Trump getting re-elected and his personality. They round out the conversation with a look at Brexit and Macron. Dennis talks about how he doesn't understand people who spend all day focused on how much they hate Trump and how the President considers the Green Beret who killed a bomb maker in Afghanistan an American hero. He also wishes a happy birthday to the Pope, explains why he won't miss Lamar Alexander' and traces the history of climate panic from global cooling, global warming and settling on "climate change", Dennis also talks to Christian about how he's started watching the American version of "The Office", the difficulty in unsubscribing from a mailing list and a story about how a school in the UK has begun teaching that boys can have periods too leads to a conversation about having the sex talk at school.
Dennis is in New York for an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and he works out some of the material planned for the show. He also reacts to Trump's meeting with Pelosi and Schumer that pulled back the curtain and showed the American people how the sausage is made, the announcement of Time Magazine's "Person of the Year", Les Moonves threatening to sue CBS, Jerome Corsi actually suing Mueller, the DOJ, CIA, FBI and NSA for $350 million Plus, a conversation with Christian about an ingenuous new business where you hire dogs to clean up after people who relieve themselves in public, The Love Connection, Plinko, The Late Shift Movie, the sale of CBS Television City, Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies, the film "Heat" and much more. Thanks to our sponsors: Theraworx= Try Theraworx Relief – a non-greasy foam that’s proven to relieve muscle cramps fast and reduce muscle soreness. Learn more at TheraworxRelief.com. PlutoTV= Pluto TV is the easy and completely legal way to watch your favorite TV shows and hit movies for free. Download PlutoTV today. Blink= Blink is an ultra-affordable, 100% wire-free home security camera that runs on 2 AA batteries for up to 2 years. To get your Blink Camera today go to Blinkforhome.com/DennisMiller Vivid Seats= Get the biggest concerts, games, theater tix and more, Vivid Seats has it all. Download the app, and enter promo code ] for 10% off your first order on Vivid Seats. Blue Chew= Visit BlueChew.com and get your first order free when use promo code DENNIS. Just pay $5 shipping.
Dennis talks to Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson about whether or not the overthrow has already happened, if America is capable of staging a revolution if Democrats proceed with impeachment hearings and how effective Trump has been compared to the job another Republican President would have been. Victor also mentioned Obama’s collusion with Russia in 2012, and Dennis mentions how consequential he thinks Trump has been to the Republic. Dennis also talks to Christian about the arrest of Huawei's CEO in Canada, the great city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, planning Wednesday's appearance on The Tonight Show, watching CNBC, a great Lynrd Skynrd documentary, having dinner with Peter Noone to celebrate his 50 years of marriage, a couple of books he's reading: one about Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Weber, some flaws with the "Mission : Impossible" franchise, the HBO series "My Brilliant Friend", a shout out from Al Michaels and some memories of doing "Monday Night Football" with him, some truly bad flight moments and much more!
Dennis starts off discussing the memorial service for Former President George HW Bush, and shares some of is personal remembrances of the 41st president. He also comments on a Vanity Fair piece called "Was Russiagate Worth It?" Dennis also chats with Christian about a radio station in Cleveland no longer playing the Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside", the commemoration of 85 years since the end of Prohibition, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's denial that he died and was replaced by clone, Kevin Hart hosting the next Oscars, and New York City launching a drone program. Plus, the connection between Dennis's old syndicated Tribune television show and Les Moonves's accusers, trading marijuana on the Toronto stock exchange, Don Rickles' series "CPO Sharkey", Orson Welles and Howard Hawks, the caliber of food at an Outback steakhouse, McDonald's salt packets, Burger King's creative promotion for their app, the concept of terminal velocity and a group of vegans who clashed with diners after storming a steakhouse in order to play a recording of cows being slaughtered.
Dennis shares some fond remembrances of Former President George HW Bush, and talks about his legacy. He also talks to Christian about the mentality of the White House Press Corps, the fact that French President Macron has half the approval rating of President Trump, the political aspirations of Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Jeff Zucker, while Michael Avenatti regrettably won’t run. Also : the ongoing Jonas-Chopra nuptials, the recent wedding of Joe Scarborough and Mike Brezinski, the latest on-air skirmish between Joy Begar and Meghan McCain and how Bruce Springsteen thinks Trump will be re-elected. They also discuss Dennis performing with Paul Shaffer in Las Vegas over the weekend, his upcoming appearance with Jimmy Fallon, how you can help the show by subscribing, and so much more!
Dennis talks to Christian about how the true genius of Democratic Party has been to convince young people they don't need much money to be truly rich, and how that belief can really bury them under the college loans. He also explains why he thinks you should be able to buy health care across state lines, the Bill and Hillary Clinton tour and Jerome Corsi possibly going to jail for not wanting to make a deal with the Mueller investigation. A conversation about a 24-hour Al Gore climate change special leads to a conversation that includes Moby, the Goo Goo Dolls, Sting, Frank Sinatra Jr. and a story about Don Rickles that he feels like he can't even tell anymore. They also discuss the passage of Spongebob Square Pants creator Stephen Hillenburg, brilliant social media announcement of the break-up of a band named Withchrot, Baker Mayfields criticism of Hue Jackson, the finer subtleties of Skylline Chili, adjusting care speaker settings, "The Graduate", Orson Welles, Celebrity Death Match, Kajagoogoo and a truly great hoagie from Danny's Parkview Pizza in Pittsburgh.
Dennis talks to Christian about why it makes sense to take a breath and actually figure out who everyone is at the border, President Trump's handling of the border, how easily he handles how much his detractors hate him and how the Left requires everyone to be all-in on everything on their check list. They also go through headlines about how Alan Dershowitz expects the Mueller report to be devastating but with no criminal charges for President Trump, John Kasich's presidential ambitions, the ongoing riots in Paris, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski getting married, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, backlash against Kevin Hart having a cowboys and Indians party and a Houston real estate agent who used racy photos to help sell a house. Plus, feedback on last week's Ben Makiewicz interview, a great story about Jack Benny and George Burns driving across country,watching "My Brilliant Friend", "Succession" and checking out "Mr. Robot", Disney's "The Black Hole", a great book about Howard Hawks he's reading, and a visit from a certain Simian medical professional. Thanks to our sponsors: BetDSI= Join betdsi.com today using promo code
On The Dennis Miller Option Thanksgiving special, Dennis stuffs 30 headlines into a little more than an hour, talking to Christian about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,flying with Mitt Romney, Ivanka's e-mails, the 9th Circuit Court blocking the administration's asylum ban, President Trump refusing considering a visit to a war zone, answering Mueller's questions, plans to appear at next year's White House Correspondents Dinner, wanting the Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey, plans to shut down the government if Congress doesn't fund the border wall, turning off cameras facing reporters in the White House Briefing Room, and Obama hinting that President Trump has "mommy issues". They also discuss the CDC warning to not eat Romaine lettuce, if your water consumption could be hurting you, how Facebook is handling recent scandals, a planned Northern Exposure reboot, James Woods on Twitter Amber Tamblyn saying she considered giving her baby to Canada after the 2016 election, Brenda Snipes resignation, a petition urging Maroon 5 to not perform at the Super Bowl, El Chapo bribing the Mexican president $6 Million, protests in Spain and France, the Cleveland Browns possibly interviewing Condoleeza Rice, Silicon Valley wages, a man who set his luggage on fire in Pakistan, a rare snake with 2 heads that died in Virginia, and a stranded camel who entertained motorists along a snowy roadway. If that's not enough for you, there's also talk about Black Friday, a ballerina with polio, an affliction called tryophobia, a book called "Roast Chicken and Other Stories", Bill Murray's yearly Oscar picks segment, Orson Welles, Ed McMahon, McDonald's and Jabba the Hutt. Thanks to our sponsors: BetDSI= Join betdsi.com today using promo code
Dennis is joined in studio by Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies, who talks about his 15 years with the network, and how it took some viewers awhile to warm up to him. He also talks about some of the upcoming guest programmers and special Christmas programming. Ben also talks about his grandfather Herman Mankiewicz who wrote the script for Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane", and shares some of Peter Bogdanovich's recollections of Welles. Ben also discusses the rest of his famous family: his his father Frank Mankiewicz work as campaign director for George McGovern's 1972 presidential run, his uncle Tony Mankiewicz who wrote three James Bond films, the first two Richard Donner "Superman" films and created the television series "Hart to Hart" and Joe Mankiewicz getting paid a million dollars for "Cleopatra" but wanting his name taken off of it all the same. This leads to a Dennis and Ben discussing how they think that film is underrated. They also talk about the work of Howard Hawks, why Dean Martin was the greatest talk show guest, and some of the great output from the studio system. He also talks about growing up an A's fan in Washington DC and what it was like for him to see a game in Oakland for the first time. Thanks to our sponsors: BetDSI= Join betdsi.com today using promo code
Dennis talks to Christian about why he thinks Trump wants out, first meeting Judd Apatow when he emceed Paul Simon’s concert in the park, meeting Charlton Heston and Doc Gooden (separately), first impressions of Harvey Weinstein, Woodstock, seeing the reunited Zeppelin (with Jason Bingham), the great Leon Russell and his latest hike with Jimmy Connors. Plus, El Chapo, some truly unusual conduct at the ATM, the impracticality of outdoor sleepovers, daylight savings, the film “How to Get Ahead in Advertising” with Richard E Grant, the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure, karma for polar bears, genetically modified food, clarification of the story when he was shown Mark Twain’s grave, driving to Reno and laughing so hard withRick Overton and Kevin Rooney has had to pull over, the future for Carmelo Anthony, and a surprising piece of news about old friend from the radio show, Dr Jerome Corsi, Mysterious Visitor from the East!
Dennis is joined by author and columnist Mark Steyn to discuss last week’s mid-term election results, this year's Florida recount compared to 2000's, why Amy Comey Barrett will be the next Supreme Court Justice, Paul Ryan as “the invisible Speaker”, French Prime Minister Macron saying patriotism is the opposite of nationalism as the angry mob at Tucker Carlson’s front door. Mark and Dennis also talk about their upcoming Adorable Depolorable Tour, the surprising grave locations of Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, PG Woodhouse, JD Salinger and the recent Mark Steyn Cruise. Dennis also chats with Christian about the California fires, CNN planning to sue the White House over revoking Jim Acosta’s credentials and the belated Sinema win in Arizona They also discuss the passing of the great Marvel comic book creator Stan Lee at the age of 95, Ray Donovan, Mr Robot, Star Trek, baldness in the future, the new Paul McCartney album and how you can’t blame the entertainment industry for having a negative impact on our culture. Plus, the Eric Clapton biography, a lizard terrorizing a Florida neighborhood and Dennis seeing an alligator at spring training with his son.
Dennis reacts to Tuesday night’s midterm election results, congratulating Democrats on winning the House, how he hopes everyone can come together on some common sense issues and why Trump is now well-positioned to be re-elected in 2020. Then, Townhall Senior Writer Kurt Schlichter calls in to talk about his mixed feelings regarding the midterm elections, how President Trump can thrive in this new environment, the toughness of Ruth Baden Ginsburg, why liberals depend on the right so much, and his book “Militant Normals”. Dennis also talks to Christian about the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, his preparation for Wednesday night’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and more!
Dennis has some observations about this past weekend in the NFL, discusses some great all-time quotes with Christian, gives his prediction of the mid-terms, but that even if Democrats have a big night, he won’t obsess over it the way the Left does over Trump. They also talk about Bridge on the River Kwai, Yoda and other Star Wars mysteries, Kayne’s evolving political involvement, Dennis’s upcoming appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, ongoing problems with Facebook and a drunk man who tried to ride onto the track at the Breeders Cup. There are also philosophical questions about why everything is so serious now, the necessity of Daylight Savings Time, bombing in comedy, a Car website mascot, Dennis going to the movies with his kids, the importance to a career of having a good name, the Mets hiring an agent as GM, the importance of a good nap, and the perfection of the film “The Sting”.