Dennis Miller, one of the premier comedy talents in America today, is in his first season in the booth on ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," where he will join veteran commentator Al Michaels and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.
Miller, 46, is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his critically acclaimed half-hour, live talk show, HBO's "Dennis Miller Live," now in its seventh season.
In December 1999, HBO presented Miller's fifth one-hour special, titled "Dennis Miller: The Millennium Special -- 1000 Years, 100 Laughs, 10 Really Good Ones." 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.
Miller 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 . . ."
Miller and his wife live in Southern California with their two children.
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