The Dennis Miller Option

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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.

Episode Date
Actor, author and raconteur Orson Bean joins Dennis and Christian in studio for the first of two shows this week, talking about his Christianity, appearing on the Tonight Show 200 times (including being there the night Jack Parr walked off the show), The Rat Pack, the Marx Brothers, Louie Armstrong, race relations, Bert Williams, the power of The Ed Sullivan Show, being blacklisted, Playhouse 90, Art Carney, The Twilight Zone, Marlon, Brando, Wally Cox, moving to Australia and the Weather Underground.
Aug 14, 2018
Show Business, Hosting the MTV Awards and Hollywood in Toto with Christian Toto of Hollywood In Toto
Dennis talks about not being able to go through with a calonic, hosting the MTV Awards (twice!) and then Christian Toto of talks about summer movies looks ahead to what he's looking forward to in the fall. There's also a conversation about all the late-night hosts in television and how there's room for a more moderate or even possibly a conservative voice. Finally Dennis talks about working with Wesley Snipes on the film "Murder At 1600", and a great TV movie about Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Aug 09, 2018
Open Phones : Gene in Philly and Lisa in Colorado
Dennis starts off talking about the California wild fires and wonders about the connection to global warming. He also talks about his son getting married earlier in the week. Then, Dennis and Christian open up the phones to talk to listeners: First up, Gene in Philly who discusses the Beatles, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, then, Lisa in Colorado asks about actors who take you out of a movie. Finally, Dennis wonders about just how President Trump would handle it if the DOJ tried to send one of his kids to jail.
Aug 07, 2018
Thaddeus McCotter
Dennis talks about running into Steve Martin at a steakhouse, martinis, his new favorite Beach Boys song, the term "nonplussed", and then he and Christian are joined by former Republican Congressman of Michigan Thaddeus McCotter who talks about how much he prefers life outside of the House and why some people are so attracted to the power. They also discuss what it takes to actually impeach a president, their overall thoughts on President Trump's performance, the reality of Socialism, England, the inability of the LEft to concede when Trump's policies work, and their mutual thoughts of Obama.
Aug 02, 2018
Patty Smyth
The show starts off with Dennis chatting with musician Patty Smyth, fresh off of four consecutive nights of performing. They discuss what was great on the radio growing up, Dennis helping her move a piano in the village up four floors, some of her earliest performances, her experiences working with Don Henley, the difficulty in breaking the first Scandal record because radio didn't like to play more than one female-fronted band per week, the greatness of Neil Young and so much more. Then, Dennis reads a passage from Nabakov's memoirs, discusses reading a collections of Gore Vidal essays, chats with Christian about traveling in Africa, meeting Shaquille O'Neal, 50 years of the Big Mac, songs that get stuck in your head, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and closing things out with a conversation on soybeans and bacon.
Jul 31, 2018
Curt Schilling
Dennis discusses President Trump's joint press conference with EU president with Jean-Claude Juncker, Nikki Haley's comments about Russia, a sorority that will no longer exclude membership based on gender and the film "The Sweet Smell of Success". The baseball great Curt Schilling calls in to talk about his podcast, tell some great stories, including the bloody sock game, Johnny Podres and Greg Maddux, comparisons between President Trump and Ronald Reagan and why he doesn't worry about the opinions of people who don't know him. Then, Dennis and Christian read some of your comments from the mailbag.
Jul 26, 2018
John Corbett
Dennis is joined in studio by his friend acting John Corbett, who talks about some of his jobs before he got famous, including working at a whorehouse, in a steel factory, as a hairdresser, at the Magic Castle, working the spotlight at The Groundlings theater. He also talks about meeting Vincent Price, his first appearance on "Leno", getting cast on "Northern Exposure", "Sex and the City", and his improbable involvement in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".They also talk some favorite old movies, including "Diner", "Asphalt Jungle", "A Catered Affair" and "The Wild Bunch", which was written by John's friend Waylon Greene. Finally, the conversation winds down with John explaining how he got together with Bo Derek when neither of them had a date for a party they both wanted to go to.
Jul 24, 2018
AJ Benza
Dennis and Christian start off chatting about President Trump's Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin, his half-hearted clarification of those comments and the impact it has on Dennis's impression of the President. They also discuss Jeff Bridges, the new HBO Robin Williams documentary, golfing with Alice Cooper and Matthew McCaughnehey, Marriot and Starbucks getting rid of drinking straws and the greatness that is "Kenneth Branaugh's Mary Shelly's Frankenstein". They also chat with AJ Benza who has a podcast called "Fame Is A Bitch", about dating the same woman as Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Bourdain, Liza Minelli, Nicholas Cage, Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Fatty Arbuckle, Crazy Joe Gallo and more.
Jul 19, 2018
Adam Carolla
Dennis and Christian talk a little bit about President Trump’s meeting with Putin and his trip to the UK. They also discuss France’s World Cup win, surprising comments from Anthony Bourdain’s final interview, and a raccoon in the news. Also, Adam Carolla calls in to discuss his trip to the UK, George Clooney’s recent accident, Pac Man Jones and more!
Jul 17, 2018
Debra Saunders of the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Dennis and Christian discuss the Croatia-England World Cup match, the prolific output of PG Wodehouse, and show business stories involving Kirk Douglas, Jerry Lewis, Brandon Tartikoff, Grant Tinker, Brad Grey, to name but a few. They also chat with Las Vegas Review-Journal White House Correspondent Debra Saunders about life in that briefing room, NATO, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and her Kim Jong Un sighting in Singapore.
Jul 12, 2018
Clint Howard
Dennis and Christian are joined in studio by actor Clint Howard, who reflects on some great memories with his father Rance who passed away last year. He also discusses his mother Judy, filming "Gentle Ben" in Florida, his brother Ron Howard stepping in to finish directing "Solo: A Star Wars Story” and Clint’s role in that film, and his audition for the original “Star Wars”. He also talks “Star Trek”, William Shatner, the moon landing, meeting Walt Disney, his appearance on “Bonanza”, bad movies, and things wind down with a little light political conversation about Hillary Clinton.
Jul 10, 2018
Nick DiPaolo Returns
Dennis and Christian look back on Robin Williams, Phil Hartman's comedic nuance, William Shatner's great turn hosting Saturday Night Live, the films "Quiz Show", "Zodiac" and "Lost in America", LeBron James' new tax bracket in LA, the Golden State Warriors and the questionable artistic expression of Joss Whedon. Also, comedian Nick DiPaolo returns to promote his new podcast, and talk about "The Godfather", Joe Rogan, fitness guru Sean T and boxing.
Jul 05, 2018
Bo Derek
Dennis and Christian have a fun, freewheeling conversation that includes, but not limited to: World Cup, Godzilla, Sam Kinison, Batman, Chuck Schumer, James Caan, “Dr. No”, crows and olive loaf. (Yes, Olive loaf). Bo Derek also calls in to discuss her love of animals, veterans, her career and her man, John Corbett.
Jul 03, 2018
Gary Sinise
Dennis and Christian discuss the surprise announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao, the original pilot to "Star Trek" called "The Cage", and dueling Iguanas in a parking lot. Plus, your comments and questions from the mailbag remind Dennis of some great memories of David Bowie. Also, actor-philanthropist Gary Sinise calls in to talk about all the work going on with his Gary Sinise Foundation.
Jun 28, 2018
Nick DiPaolo
Dennis and Christian recap their weekend in Knoxville for the recording of Dennis’s upcoming comedy special, “Fake News, Real Jokes”. They also discuss reactions to Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant by President Trump and Maxine Waters, and how Florida Secretary of State Pam Bondi was accosted outside of a screening of the Mr Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” They’re also joined by comedian Nick DiPaolo who discusses an altercation he had after a show, and being fired from his satellite radio show for something he Tweeted.
Jun 26, 2018
Larry O'Connor of The Washington Times and WMAL
Dennis chats with Christian about spending the week in New York, President Trump's Space Force, watching the World Cup and how host country Russia is close to running out of beer. There are also mailbag questions about what Dennis is reading and how he keeps happy. They also chat with Larry O'Connor of the Washington Times and WMAL in Washington DC about FBI agent Peter Strzok and the media's coverage of immigration.
Jun 21, 2018
Victor Davis Hanson
Dennis and Christian discuss this weekend's shows in Knoxville for Dennis's upcoming "Fake News, Real Jokes" comedy special, and Dennis reminisces about Sam Kinison, Robin Williams, Rick Overton, being interviewed about an epic Monday Night Football game he called, reading Moby Dick and the demise of his favorite hiking path. Then, guest Victor Davis Hanson discusses his most recent book, “World Wars Two”, the denuclearization of North Korea, whether Trump is reckless or savvy, and why there are so many people who aren't willing to give him credit for anything, even for something that works, like his tax cut.
Jun 19, 2018
Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard
Dennis and Christian discuss President Trump’s North Korea summit in Singapore with Weekly Standard Editor and Fox News Contributor Steve Hayes, who also discusses his friendship with Charles Krauthammer. There’s also discussion of Mark Sanford’s primary loss, Michael Cohen and Scott Pruitt. Plus, more De Niro talk, and a question from the mailbag about Alfred Hitchcock.
Jun 14, 2018
Gene Simmons
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons of Kiss discusses presidents, politics, his new role in the cannabis business, the Gene Simmons Vault experience, the new Kiss toilet seats and his wife Shannon. Also, Dennis and Christian discuss the North Korean summit, McDonald’s, Robert De Niro’s comments at the Tony Awards, and your questions and comments in the mailbag!
Jun 12, 2018
Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Dennis Rodman, LeBron and more!
Christian tees Dennis up with the latest headlines, including Bill Clinton's continued non-apology tour, Dennis Rodman heading to the North Korean Summit, Mitch McConnell canceling the Senate's August recess, LeBron James and Steph Curry vowing to not visit Trump, Vladimir Putin's relationship with Trump, and the White House letting go of press aide Kelly Sadler. Plus, your comments in the mailbag!
Jun 07, 2018
Take a stand on kneeling
Dennis and Christian go through the latest headlines to discuss President Trump canceling a meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles, and how to navigate living in a world where we're told that Obama was too good for us, Bill Clinton doesn't need to apologize and the Miss America Pageant will no longer judge based on looks. We also dip into the mailbag and find out what Dennis has been reading, and he wind tunnel tests a piece he's writing.
Jun 05, 2018
Kevin Nealon
Dennis is joined by comedian Kevin Nealon, who discusses his hiking show on YouTube, Garry Shandling, their time together on SNL, and Kevin’s role on the CBS sitcom “Man With A Plan”. Then, Dennis and Christian chat about the disappointing box office for Disney’s latest Star Wars film, a bad tweet from President Trump, and some encouraging comments from Pope Francis. Plus, Hillary Clinton’s “bulge”, Louis Farrakhan, Morgan Freeman and more on Starbucks.
May 30, 2018
Starbucks new policy/Trump 2020
Dennis and Christian react to the latest news, including public urination on an airplane seat, Starbucks' new bathroom policy, the latest on the North Korea summit, Trump 2020, and whether or not volcanoes just do whatever they want. Plus, your comments and questions in the hopefully soon-to-be-retitled "Mailbag" segment! Your thoughts?
May 23, 2018
Tales of Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, The Titanic, Raccoons and Other Thoughts
It's a loose, free-wheeling free-associative super-sized episode of "The Dennis Miller Option", including stories about Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase, real tales of the Titanic and raccoons digging through trash. There are also suggestions for the border wall, a discussion about North Korea, President Trump's chances at a nobel prize and so much more! Plus, we dip into the mailbag to read some of YOUR comments and questions!
May 16, 2018
Dana Carvey
Dennis takes a new sound system for a spin, and reminisces with Dana Carvey about their days on Saturday Night Live, the birth of the Church Lady and Hans & Franz. Dana also shares memories from his career and shows off a number of impressions, including President Trump.
May 09, 2018
The White House Correspondents Dinner
Dennis and Christian discuss the White House Correspondents Dinner, starting with the reactions to this year’s dinner, and why it’s a no-win for President Trump to go. They also discuss the performances from the 2011 Dinner, when Seth Meyers and President Obama decimated President Trump to his face. Dennis also details the time that he performed at the Correspondents Dinner for George H W Bush. They also discuss Kanye West and whether or not President Trump can win a Nobel Peace Prize.
May 02, 2018
In the premiere episode, Dennis and Christian review the latest headlines which leads to a discussion about the left's obsession with Trump and their inability to give him credit, even if he de-nuclearizes North Korea.
Apr 25, 2018
Coming soon!
Apr 20, 2018