The title of this album alone -- a parody of the Beatles' White Album -- formally christened "The Beatles" -- is a strong indicator of the sarcastic wit within. Dennis Miller was in the middle of his six-year run on Saturday Night Live as the Weekend Update anchorman when he recorded The Off-White Album at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Some unkind critics have called Miller a pretentious show-off with a large vocabulary. Fans, however, love his blend of pop culture and intellectual references which allow him to mention, for instance, Shemp of the Three Stooges and existentialist author Franz Kafka seconds apart in the same breath. Since it would be nearly impossible to divide Miller's bits that bounce from topic to topic, there are no individual track listings on The Off-White Album. It is merely split into sides one and two. Miller, a Pittsburgh native, takes potshots at easy standup comedy targets such as Southerners, 7-11, and Kmart (the stylish home of "short-sleeved suits" and "lime-green leisure suits"). He also covers sex and religion, but he's at his best when he uses other obvious standup fodder and gives it more of a twist. For example, he suggests that Star Trek phasers should have a "melancholy" setting, not just "stun" and "kill." One of the highlights is Miller's disbelief that Pope John Paul II met with and forgave his would-be assassin instead of getting violently angry. Miller followed The Off-White Album with audio book recordings of his books The Rants and Ranting Again.
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AllMusic Review by Bret Adams