Dennis Miller’s HBO comedy special last night showcased a comedian who is bitter, uncaring, politically insensitive, and (most importantly) past his prime. Miller has always been an acidic wit, but now his timing is off, and he has entered a new phase of curmudgeonly isolation. It’s not funny to rip on the Democrats if you can’t see the hypocrisy in the Republicans. Watching Miller last night was like watching Dick Cheney trying to be funny.
At one point Miller lashed out at the bleeding hearts who are lamenting the loss of the cultural treasures looted from the Iraqi museum in Baghdad. “Who gives a shit,” said Miller and went on to belittle the loss, stating that after 7th day the cradle of humanity went downhill anyway, completely ignoring centuries of rich culture from the Akkadians, Sumerians, Hittites and others. The irreplaceable cuneiform tablets which were painstakingly salvaged from desert sands are part of the history of all mankind. He doesn’t know and doesn’t want to. Miller’s ethnocentrism is absolutely complete and chilling. And by this point he wasn’t trying to be funny, he was merely spewing. His other targets included anyone who criticized the war, Howard Dean, Harry Reid… and I don’t know who else. I had to switch over.
You can excuse a comedian of a lot of things, but not if he isn’t even funny.