DENNIS MILLER concludes his famous acid-tongued rants with the same disclaimer every time: Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. And he means what he says: an avowed conservative libertarian, he fervently believes in every person's right to believe what they want to believe. His harsher critics, however, have nonetheless indicted the razor-witted comedian for being condescending, arrogant, self-indulgent, proselytizing, and worse. One thing is for certain: Miller, a gifted social and political satirist (Playboy dubbed him a social Darwinist with a funny bone), doesn't believe in pandering to any crowd. In his own defense, he'll say that he's just trying to stiffen up the sagging backbone of comedy. Miller, a five-time Emmy Award winner for his critically acclaimed half-hour, live talk show, HBO's Dennis Miller Live, also serves as an analyst for ABC's Monday Night Football, where he joins veteran commentator Al Michaels and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Fouts. Additionally, Doubleday recently published the third edition of his ever-popular rants -- I Rant, Therefore I Am. His first two books, The Rants and Ranting Again, were both New York Times best-sellers.nMiller got his start in the late 1970s, honing his skills in Pittsburgh-area clubs and eventually relocating to New York, where he performed at such famed clubs as Catch A Rising Star and the Comic Strip. His next move was a return to Pittsburgh where he wrote, produced and appeared in more than 100 humorous essays for the syndicated PM Magazine show, as well as hosting his own Saturday morning television program aimed at teenage audiences. In 1982, Miller was touring the country as a comedy club regular and establishing himself as one of the most assured, accomplished and, of course, funniest comics on the scene. It was shortly thereafter that he was spotted by Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Michaels auditioned Miller and subsequently offered the coveted Weekend Update slot on the show, which Miller held for six years before exiting in 1991. Over the years, Dennis has become both a public and critical favorite. The New York Times said, Mr. Miller is exquisitely attuned to contemporary foibles . . . his material can be scathing, his delivery low-key . . . Mr. Miller reaches a bit farther than most comedians for the scorching comment . . . this smart-aleck has an uncommonly sharp eye . . .
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