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Doug's Mailbag: Dennis Miller -- Funny or Pretentious?

With his constant obscure references in his comedy, Doug thinks that Dennis Miller is full of himself. Here's what you think:

I like Dennis Miller and think he's a comedic genius. But one pretty much has to have a notepad or computer handy to look up his references that make you go "Huh?" Hmm, I smell justification for an iPad here.
-Anonymous

Dennis points out a lot of truth. Hurts huh?
-Anonymous

You are COMPLETELY right about Dennis Miller!  Whereas I find him funny, he drops so many jokes that reference some over-educated sources, like a Bogvarian Opera (not sure if I spelled that right or really know what that is) or super political jokes that he completely loses you.  It's like he's talking down to you.

Anyway, I've always felt that, and am glad others do as well.
-Dean

Used to funny but now is a pompous bag of hot gas.
-Anonymous

I long ago grew weary of listening to Dennis Miller's pretentious rants that seemed designed to showcase the fact that he thinks he is smarter than the average bear.  He hit his stride as the News Guy on SNL and has been nothing but a bore ever since (including, but not limited to, his current Libertarian rants).  I suspect his fans profess their undying affection for him because most of them are afraid to admit that they understand only about 70 percent of his references and thus would lose the air of superiority that they have also assumed.
-Stu

I'm glad to find out others think so too. (That he's more pretentious than he is funny.)
-Anonymous

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Posted by Doug Barney on 04/21/2010 at 1:17 PM


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