Dennis Miller Live

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Dennis Miller Live
Presented byDennis Miller
Opening theme"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes215
Running time30 minutes
Original release
ReleaseApril 22, 1994 (1994-04-22) –
August 30, 2002 (2002-08-30)
TV: The Dennis Miller Show (1992),
Radio: The Dennis Miller Show (2007-2015)

Dennis Miller Live was an American weekly late night talk show on HBO, hosted by comedian Dennis Miller. The show ran 215 episodes from 1994[1] to 2002,[2] and received five Emmy awards and 11 Emmy nominations.[3] It was also nominated six times for the Writers Guild of America Award for "Best Writing For A Comedy/Variety Series", and won three of those six times.

The show was idea of HBO executive producer Michael Fuchs, who told Miller he could use any forum he wanted as long as he brought in the numbers. It was directed by Debbie Palacio for most of its run, and head writers were first Jeff Cesario and then Eddie Feldmann. Other writers included José Arroyo, Rich Dahm, Ed Driscoll, David Feldman, Mike Gandolfi, Jim Hanna, Tom Hertz, Leah Krinsky, Rob Kutner, Rick Overton, Jacob Sager Weinstein, and David S. Weiss.


The show had a small set without a house band. It mainly consisted of Miller speaking to the largely unseen studio audience on a darkened stage. The show's cold opening started with Miller doing a brief joke about a current event.

The credit sequence showed Miller in a pool hall playing by himself set to "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears,[4][5] though music was changed in later seasons for cost reasons.[6][7] In later seasons, the sequence was changed to show oversized toppling dominoes featuring images of political and social leaders.

Then Miller would perform a two-part monologue which often segued into a stream-of-consciousness "rant" that became Miller's trademark, starting with the catchphrase "Now I don't want to get off on a rant here..."[8] and ended with the phrase "Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong."[9][10] Books that compiled these monologues were released, starting with 1996's The Rants and ending with 2002's The Rant Zone.[11]

Miller would discuss the topic of the day with one guest per show.[12][13] During the guest segment, the show would also take phone calls. The call-in number was originally given as 1-800-LACTOSE.[14] Reportedly, Miller chose the word "lactose" because it was the only word he could make with seven digits to make it a vanity number.

At the end of the interview, Miller would tell the guest "Stick around, I've gotta go do the news". Black-and-white photographs from newspapers would be shown, and Miller would make humorous captions regarding them. At the finish of this segment, Miller would harken back to his SNL days by saying "That's the news, and I am outta here!"[15]


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  2. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (August 30, 2002). "PASSAGES: Jackson Breaks Country Record". Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "Dennis Miller Going Prime-Time". CBS News. February 11, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Number Ones: Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"". Stereogum. October 7, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Tal. "Tears for Fears: Songs From the Big Chair". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  6. ^ Dennis Miller Live (Comedy, Talk-Show), Dennis Miller, David Spade, Jon Stewart, Happy Family Productions, Home Box Office (HBO), April 22, 1994, retrieved January 12, 2024{{citation}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ "Dennis Miller (Creator)". TV Tropes. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  8. ^ " - Dennis Miller: A rant with a view - November 14, 2001". Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  9. ^ "Ranting Again". Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  10. ^ "Rants by Dennis Miller". Penguin Random House Canada. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  11. ^ "Rants by Dennis Miller". Penguin Random House Canada. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  12. ^ Kaplan, Don (July 11, 2002). "MILLER GETS OUTTA HBO". Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  13. ^ O'Connor, John (May 4, 1994). "Review/Television; Dennis Miller Vents Anger With the World". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  14. ^ Roe, Dale. "Hey, Cha Cha — Dennis Miller brings his snarky shtick to Austin". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved January 12, 2024.
  15. ^ Cohen, Ivan (June 12, 2014). "'And I Am Outta Here ...': Dennis Miller's 5 Fondest 'Weekend Update' Memories". Vulture. Retrieved January 12, 2024.

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