Dennis Miller Returns Home Brings Bill O’Reilly; Frank Caliendo Plays Pittsburgh Improv (CPs Fri., 3/14/14)

1) Conservative commentators Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller have joined forces for their Bolder & Fresher tour at the Consol Energy Center. O’Reilly is host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” and previously worked as a news reporter for local TV stations and for CBS and ABC before landing a long-time stint as host of the syndicated show “Inside Edition” (1989 – 1995). He’s also a best-selling author whose subjects include Jesus, John F. Kennedy, and popular culture.

Castle Shannon-native Dennis Miller got his chops working at local comedy clubs, including Portfolio on South Craig street in Oakland. He then worked on a children’s show and “Evening Magazine” for KDKA TV. After gaining popularity in Pittsburgh, Miller began appearing at comedy clubs, including in New York City’s Catch a Rising Star and Los Angeles’ The Comedy Store. He competed on Star Search but lost to the comedian Sinbad. “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels discovered him at The Comedy Store, and he was soon doing the show’s Weekend Update. Miller has had several TV and radio shows, appeared on all major talk shows, penned several books, and was even an announcer for ABC’s “Monday Night Football.” His preferred form of commentary is a rant. He does online podcasts on his web site, Miller Time. 8 p.m. 1001 Fifth ave., Uptown.

2) George Bush, John Madden, Charles Barkley, Jay Leno, William Shatner, and Robin Williams will be appearing (or at least good impressions of them will be) at Pittsburgh Improv tonight where talented comic Frank Caliendo takes the stage. Caliendo honed his skills first as a cast member of Fox’s “MADtv,” then moved on to “FOX NFL Sunday” and TBS’s “Frank TV.” He even performed a George Bush impression in front of then President Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Two shows tomorrow night also. 166 E. Bridge Street, The Stacks at the Waterfront, Homestead.

3) If your preference is for a fun yet more dignified celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, then Club Café’s The Calm Before the Storm – A Night of Irish Traditional Music and Song With Mark Dignam & Friends might be just the ticket for you. 8 p.m. 56 – 58 S. 12th St., South Side.

4) Dancing Queen will put people on the dance floor at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. The disco/funk band takes the stage at 9 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

5) Good Fridays at the Warhol is a weekly party at the museum, featuring art exhibits, music, and cocktails in the high temple to Andy Warhol’s numerous talents. Half-price museum admission. 5 – 10 p.m. 117 Sandusky St., North Shore.


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