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i'm ready for my close up mr demille
soopageek
Location: Evansville, Indiana

Someday, the opening monolgues and rants from the Dennis Miller Show that aired on HBO throughout the 1990's will be viewed as an erudite, yet entertaining encapuslation of the era. Over the past couple of years I've managed to collect most of them as they've been flooded to Usenet; last night I acquired about a dozen more that I didn't already have. Had a blast listening to them today. The only thing that seperates holy writ from complete bullshit is your own perspective. Sure he's an insufferable prick, but he's an adorable insufferable prick.

I listened to David Cross' Shut Up You Fucking Baby! double disc. While I've often found Mr. Show to be a hoot, I've come to the conclusion that David Cross is as much a sanctimonious asshole as the members of the Christian right he takes great glee in trashing. His stand-up was rather disappointing and boring, kind of like a Jello Biafra spoken word concert in its self-righteous tone, only less informative, interesting or funny.

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I love that album. Sorry!

I just didn't think it was a very funny album, which I presume it was intended to be.

It was a real chore to get through the whole thing. I like comedy that keeps me wondering what the next words out the comic's mouth is going to be... waiting for that next side-splitter.

His ability to nail voices and accents makes him well-suited for sketch comedy, I just don't think he's very good at stand-up. Plus the whole left-wing pretentious posturing left a bad taste in my... um, ears. :)

Oddly enough I listenend to David Cross and Eddie Izzard in roughly the same time frame, and now thinking back there are a lot of similarities to their styles: rough outline of material to be covered but largely with an ad-lib feel. There is a certain purity to performing in an ad-lib manner but the fundamentals of comedy (joke structure, segue, call-backs, timing, etc) are lost as a result.

But, to each their own. He sells out auditoriums and makes records for a reason I suppose.

i thought there were quite a few funny moments in that david cross disc, but the totally inarticulate nature of his leftward leanings really detracted a lot from the whole experience for me. he comes off more than a bit like a liberal limbaugh.

i bought the subsequent DVD two months ago and still haven't watched it yet.

My point exactly. There's a fine line between having a point of view and being self-righteous about it and I think he, um, Crossed that line more than a few times on that album. His petulant ranting and railing against anything and everyone who believed differently than he did was very Limbaugh-ish and is no more palatable when done by someone one the left than when it is done from someone on the right.


see, i thought it *was* funny. i ignored a lot of the far-left stuff and just enjoyed the stories, and the voices. i would never say i think David Cross is a GENIUS or anything but that album cracked me up and i've listened to it many times.

ill agree, i didnt think it was very funny, and i love mr show.

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