I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Miller,
who's one of the most entertaining talk show hosts in America today.
Call her progressive, liberal, or even "Mama", above all she's just
plain funny, thanks to her acting and stand up comedy background.
Stephanie recently got a tryout gig to have her show simulcast in
place of the recently canceled Don Imus program on MSNBC. She found
time to squeeze us between her TV news cramming to talk about current
events, and transgender conservatives.
So what brands of boxed wine do you recommend?
You know what, that's a ruse. I'm too picky for boxed
Ahhhh...the real Stephanie Miller here.
Yeah, I'm a chardonnay and a pinot noir girl.
Why are female progressive hosts so vivacious and
happy looking and the conservative ones so mannish and skeletal?
Because A) they need a sandwich and B) they're on the
wrong side of the issues.
Well who do you think would win in a fight between you
and Ann Coulter?
If I didn't get jabbed with a shoulder bone or an
adam's apple I think I would pull that one out.
Now you've met Sean Hannity before, right?
We have an odd friendship in fact. We email each other
from time to time. He just sent me condolences on my doggy passing
away. I hate to humanize right wingers, as you know. I hate to let on
that they have any sort of soul. But it's an odd little friendship
Check out the end of this clip where Stephanie calls
Hannity a "Satanic hunk of stud meat"!
Is what you see on TV from him 100% real or is some of
that a put on?
It can't possibly be, from what I know of him
personally. Oddly, and this might be a chick thing, he's quite
charming in person. From what I know of him personally, he's kind of
a nice guy. So it is odd that what he does on television I find
really repulsive. Sometimes every now and then he'll email or call me
during Hannity & Colmes so it's like Poltergeist. It's like a
character from lightning world coming out of the television at me,
which is as terrifying as you can imagine.
Now between McCain, Romney, Guiliani, and maybe even
Fred Thompson, do you have any of those that you secretly hope gets
the Republican nomination as far as comedy potential goes?
You know, I was just thinking that today because...the
best thing politically for our country in my opinion? Barack Obama.
There's no comedy there. I think Guiliani is the best comedy. If you
want someone just as nasty and divisive as George Bush you ain't seen
nothing yet, 'til you elect Guiliani. Between all his business ties
with Kerik...between him dressing in drag, that would be a
You know you're just dying for the anti-Guiliani
commercials to feature that footage if he actually gets that far.
It'd be different if it were once or twice as a joke,
like a lot of guys have done. He dresses in drag more than Ann
Coulter. And if you think about that, that's really quite stunning.
It's a thing with him. How's that gonna play down south, is
what I'm curious about?
Well among that bunch there, and you've obviously been
following this for quite sometime, how did John McCain turn into what
he is today. He went from this real maverick, tell it like it is guy,
you know "The Straight Talk Express" to pure crazy in 2 years. What's
the source of that?
The Straight Talk Express has blown an axel and is
doing doughnuts in the parking lot. He's just become the least
principled, biggest flip-flopper on the right side. I've been saying
on the air lately, "Is he trying to tank his presidential campaign?"
Who embraces this escalation? And then he came out right after the
Virginia Tech shootings and said, "I don't believe in no gun control
Right, then you get his great "Bomb Iran" song on top
If you want "Bush 2", this is it. If you want someone
who thinks death and war is funny, and is completely reckless with
diplomacy...it really is stunning. He doesn't get it that people are
a little sensitive about that, and he's like, "Oh, lighten up!
Why that not
funny, bombing Iran?" You're right, John McCain in
particular...didn't he used to have some beliefs that he stuck to? It
really is stunning.
He clearly just wants to just be President at all
Like torture. Is there an issue that should be more
of a guiding principle with him? He was fine with the administration
signing statements, he knows they're not abiding by it.
Sorry, I sucked the funny out of that!
Yeah, I want to kill myself now.
There's rumors that Gore many still announce his
He's a teasing little slut, isn't he?
I interviewed him last year, and that's just that
magic question that you won't get out of him. No matter how dead you
think that is, there's still new rumblings about it. Do you think
that's just a sign that people just really want him in that job?
You know we speculated today about Gore/Obama. People
fantasize about that, which addresses the experience issue, and you
know, Obama's next. I've talked to right wing friends that are like
"if Gore gets in, he wins the election". When you look at 70% of the
American people are against this war, and against this
administration. In this country, it's like "progressive" is the new
"mainstream". We're not some little niche...most people care about
global warming. When you look at every issue, it falls under the
You've probably heard me talk about how my dad ran
with Goldwater in 1964. It isn't their party anymore. They
(Republicans) were fiscal conservatives, shouldn't get involved in
foreign entanglements, the government should stay out of people's
lives. This Republican party is the opposite of what Goldwater and my
dad stood for. Barry Goldwater was pro choice, and pro gay rights.
It's not even that long ago in the scheme of
things, either. It's wild how quick that changes.
With all of these Democratic candidates, I mean you
may have 4 strong candidates coming into the primary season. And you
mentioned how likeable Gore and Obama particularly are. On the other
hand, why is it that Hillary is so polarizing?
You know, I don't know. It's interesting. I told a
story on the air that...on vacation over the holidays...I had dinner
with a couple from...Florida, somewhere middle of the road...the
woman, who was not mean spirited, not right wing or anything, said,
"I just don't like her." That's the hardest thing to surmount. I
don't why. I don't know if it's because the right wing has had so
long to demonize her. Let's face it, she doesn't have Bill (Clinton)
or Obama's charisma speaking ability. I don't know.
It's funny because it seems that her support among
women is among the most venomous of the hatred against her.
Oh please, Robert. Welcome to the party! Are you
kidding? There's no such thing as sisterhood. We're the most vicious
about each other of anybody.
You're all just a bunch of catty bitches! (laughs)
Believe me. Would I want to see a woman become
President in my lifetime? Absolutely! I can't help it that I am just
inspired by Barack Obama. I remember when I was in a hotel room in
New York watching his speech at the Democratic Convention, I stopped
breathing. I thought (gasps) this is the first black President in
And you know, maybe it's misplaced. We've just been
through so much with the Bush administration that we want to believe
in our leaders again, so badly. We so want to believe like people
believed in JFK. I hear the talking points from both places that he
doesn't have enough experience, then I'm like "I dunno...Abraham
Lincoln! He was a congressman for two years." I know we're going back
a long way, but you know?
I think we're just so hungry for leadership. We always
play that drop from The American President, do you remember
that with Michael J. Fox and Michael Douglas?
Yeah, the Rob Reiner movie.
It says that people want leadership and the absence of
leadership they'll listen to anyone that steps up to the microphone.
It's like the leadership they're so hungry for, they'll drink the
sand. They don't drink the sand because they're thirsty, they drink
the sand because they don't know the difference. You can't tell me,
no matter what you believe politically, that you don't see the
difference between when Barack Obama speaks and when George Bush
speaks. Is George inspirational to anybody when he speaks?
"We're making progress in Iraq" for the 500th time right after 200
I get that Americans are good hearted. They want to
believe in their President. We're all patriotic. But how could anyone
at this point believe in this President?
Now when you were a stand up comedian, did you have
any memorable experiences with a heckler?
(laughs) My most memorable one was my best friend,
Paul. He walked onstage and he hadn't even said anything yet, and
someone yelled, "SHAVE YOUR NECK!" And that's bad. Right away you're
not going to get anywhere with an audience that thinks you have a
Especially you, that would be really scary!
Honestly I think I still get it with right wing
callers. They call with literally, I mean do they just transcribe it
when Rush says it or are they on an e-mail list? Do they get the
talking points? "Harry Reid should resign...bla bla bla bla bla bla
Hey, to kind of close things out, I was looking and
saw that you were in one of my favorite '80s horror movies, Happy
Birthday To Me.
You know, Robert, not to impugn the investigative
skills of retroCRUSH but I do not believe I was in that. That is
listed in error in my IMDB profile.
Oh, you were not the hot nurse in that movie?
I was not, or any other type of nurse. I was a nurse
in General Hospital in which I had one line.
Ahhh, what was that line? Do you still remember it?
Yes, "Here's the files!" Thank you very much! That's
it. That was my entire performance.
Wow, I kind of felt tingly when you said that.
I know. I went to acting school for quite sometime for
that. But that's the one thing, unless I've killed entirely too many
brain cells with the boxed wine, I was not in Happy Birthday To Me.
I'm going to stand by that story.
Well, I might have to rent that DVD just to be
sure, but I'll trust you for now.
You bring it on, brother, bring it on.
Well thanks so much, I love your show, and you're
doing a great job, and keep on fighting the good fight.
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