The Annotated Dennis Miller


| October 30, 2000


The Annotated Dennis Miller, Locke Peterseim, Britannica.com
While football fans kick back with pretzels and chips for the game on Monday night, intellectual pundits will tune in to play a game of their own: identify new 'color man' Dennis Miller's oblique cultural references. Miller, though confusing to even his fellow commentators, has taken his past as a political comedian to move 'sports talk' to a new level. Locke Peterseim of Britannica.com currently hosts 'The Annotated Dennis Miller,' a weekly digest of humorous explanations of Miller's left-field remarks. Peterseim gingerly frames a Miller quotation and then digs deep into the Britannica.com files to uncover what Miller must have meant. An example: When Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde throws a fourth-quarter touchdown to tie the game after three lackluster quarters, Miller references the Two Faces of Eve. In his explanation, Peterseim elaborates on the film, noting that it was based on the Corbett Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley book documenting a case of schizophrenia. He finishes with his own odd interpretation of what Miller might have meant: 'No matter how many personalities you may end up with, we don't recommend naming any of them 'Hervey,' 'Thigpen,' or even 'Cleckey.' --Amanda Luker
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