Picks and Pans Review: Talking With...
BORN TO BE WIRED
His try at late-night TV talk may have met an untimely end, but comedian Dennis Miller—hip, arrogant and culturally literate—is a perfect wit for the Net. He even played a geek in Disclosure. Although the former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor is in reality a Net neophyte, the Microsoft Network convinced him to be a guest star through December on the comedy areas of its revamped online service. Aficionados can get a dose of Miller's sarcasm cartoon-style in the "Weekend Update"-esque "Second City Headlines and News" and in audio in "15 Seconds of Fame," where he joins humorist hosts Charles Fleischer and Stephanie Miller to do comedic readings of users' real-life stories.
Don't you wonder if the MSN people are making up these stories?
Well, one topic I did was "Home for the Hell-idays," people's worst family stories. As I got to the part about the girl bringing the boyfriend home to meet the parents and having the dad catch the boy looking up the mother's dress at the Thanksgiving table, I thought, no, that sounds like a pretty real slice of life.
Is the Net a fad?
It's not a fad, it's the human crossroads. The eight-track was a fad.
Have you met Bill Gates?
I was hoping to when I visited Seattle. It's funny how there's this mystique about him. Everybody says, "Where's Gates's office? Are we gonna meet Gates?" Here's the thing—you don't meet him! That's why he has a mystique!