Picks and Pans Review: Dennis Miller: Mr. Miller Goes to Washington

updated 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

HBO (Sat., Feb. 27, 10 p.m. ET)

B-

Just about the only time we get to see comic Dennis Miller is during those few minutes each week when he plays anchorman on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." He's good there, good enough to make us wonder what he'd be like in a show of his own. Now here's the answer. Wearing Garry Shandling hair and a slick, sleek suit—he is the best-dressed, best-coiffed comic around—Miller walks onto a Washington, D.C., stage and delivers an hour of slightly snide remarks on Southerners, work ("If you make it to age 35 and your job still involves wearing a name tag, you've made a serious vocational error"), convenience stores, evangelists who are born again ("Pardon me for doing it right the first time"), Ronald Reagan, Charles Manson and being Catholic. His delivery is sharp and fresh, but some of his gags are stale; the world doesn't need one more joke about Hare Krishnas in airports. Maybe Miller just doesn't have enough to fill an hour. Maybe we're seeing the best of Dennis Miller already in his few minutes each week on Saturday Night Live.

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