This was an awesome tape. This contained a lot of his most recent funny things and rages about american life and politics. Also includes what could be considered his first ever rant (about James Stockdale) which catapulted him into HBO stardom. It cost a bit but it is highly recommended for DM fans like me.
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“Dennis Miller Live from Washington D.C.” was the third and unfortunately the least of the acerbic comedian’s hour long stand up comedy specials he taped before he began doing his weekly show for HBO. In the topical (both political and social) commentary that predominates, you can see him laying the foundations for what would be a successful ten seasons as late night’s most adventuresome talk show host.
Unfortunately, the material is just not as strong as on the first two specials. A lot of the topical stuff is of course dated (the show was taped in early 1993, but the even older material on the earlier shows (1990 and 1987) are just plain funnier. Also, it must be noted that there are NO worthwhile extras on this DVD, despite its relatively high cost. Since all three of Dennis’s HBO specials coauld easily fit on one DVD, this one feels a bit like a cheat. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dennis Miller, I just don’t love this DVD.
Right before he changed, stylistically (not politically). The first half of this disk is a little bland, for sure, but you can tell that he had been out of the comedy loop for a while. He had a show.
He gets better as the show moves onward.
I recommend this as one of his last greats.