O’Reilly, Miller bring laughs, commentary to Fargo Civic Center
FARGO – With their combination of reference-laden comedy and “No Spin Zone” commentary, Dennis Miller and Bill O’Reilly’s show here Saturday night brought a big crowd to the Fargo Civic Center.
The duo is now on the “Bolder & Fresher Tour” that visited Rapid City, S.D., on Friday, and will head to Charleston, W.Va., Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Boston later this year.
Part stand-up comedy routine, part live stage version of Fox News’ popular “The O’Reilly Factor,” Miller and O’Reilly took their individual turns in front of the crowd for the first hour before joining up to answer questions from fans across the region for the second act of this nearly 2-hour show.
Miller started the show, mixing in the rants and pop culture references he became famous for during his days as host of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live” along with in-your-face commentary on political correctness, President Barack Obama’s failures in office and current events.
He got big laughs from the crowd for jokes about questioning global warming – “Excuse me for not trusting temperature measurements from 1906” – and the demise of the Affordable Care Act.
“My only hope is Democrats might do Obamacare in themselves when they realize you need a photo ID to participate in the program,” he said.
O’Reilly also got a half hour on the stage by himself, starting his set by listing examples he said showed Obama and other government officials aren’t doing their jobs, including the “Fast and Furious” gun scandal, the deadly 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and the handling of recent international crises.
He told the crowd if he were president, he’d quickly put an end to the current showdown with Russia’s Vladimir Putin by cutting off the country’s access to American banking and credit – but “quietly,” not publicly, as a way of pressuring Russia to stop its aggression.
Regarding the crisis of undocumented children coming into America through the Mexican border, he said he’d quietly threaten to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement to pressure Mexico’s leaders to seal up the border and release a U.S. Marines Corps reservist who’s been held in a Tijuana jail.
“You have no idea the power that we have here in the United States that we don’t use,” he said.
After a short intermission, Miller and O’Reilly shared the stage to answer several questions, ranging from the political – why does it seem the Republican Party is so disorganized? – to the light-hearted, such as how long the two spend preparing for their programs.
The casual format gave each speaker the chance to veer off-topic several times, working in a couple jokes with local ties, such as a dig at Minnesotans for electing Al Franken to the U.S. Senate and plenty of jokes about liberal commentator and former KFGO talk radio host Ed Schultz.
When asked who in the media could be trusted, other than Fox News, O’Reilly responded, “No one.”
Miller’s answer narrowed that broad criticism, prompting big laughs.
“Whatever Ed Schultz says, 180 it,” he said.