Radio: The Stephanie Miller Show

Left to right: Jim Ward, Stephanie Miller and Chris Lavoie.

"It's like a Mensa meeting with fart jokes!"

The Stephanie Miller Show is a syndicated liberal radio Talk Show that has been in production since September 2004. Like its TV equivalents The Daily Show and (to a lesser extent) The Colbert Report, it straddles the line between a straight news show and a Comedy Series. While Miller and her co-hosts (aka "The Mooks") comment on the news and interview politicians, actors and other newsmakers on a daily basis, the show has a "Morning Zoo" feel, complete with Sketch Comedy, celebrity impressions, wacky Stock Sound Effects, and an overall atmosphere of genial goofiness.

The people behind The Stephanie Miller Show are:

  • Stephanie Miller: The host, AKA "Mama", is a comedian and actress who has worked in radio since The '80s onward. Her past career also includes three non-fiction TV series: a revision of Ive Got A Secret, a political debate show called Equal Time (co-hosted by Bay Buchanan, Pat's sister), and the original Stephanie Miller Show, a "disastrous" 1995 TV Talk Show that was canceled after a 13-week run. Referred to any single man she admires (most notably Keith Olbermann) as her "future husband" until she came out as a lesbian.
  • Jim Ward: The show's "Voice Deity", an Emmy-winning voice actor and impressionist who provides the Sketch Comedy. He used to appear on the show ever day, then relegated himself to weekly appearances, then returned to daily appearances to coincide with the departure of...
  • Chris Lavoie: AKA "Boy Toy Chris Lavoie". The engineer and executive producer, something of a Straight Man to Miller and Ward, although he's also quite the Deadpan Snarker. Sometimes called a "right-wing tool" for being (slightly) less liberal than his co-hosts. In November 2015, he left the show to become the publicist for a casino. He was replaced by...
  • "Stuttering John" Melendez. Soon after Chris announced his departure, Stephanie revealed that this veteran of The Howard Stern Show and The Tonight Show veteran would take his place.
  • Rebekah Taylor (nee Baker): The show's first associate producer, credited as being on "phones and drums". In the beginning, she was rarely heard on the air, partially due to lack of demand for her Ross Perot impression. Later, she regularly came on to insult Stephanie for a few minutes each show before she left in 2012.

Regular segments include:

  • Right Wing World. Stephanie and friends play sound bites of prominent conservatives, then mock them for (in the hosts' opinions) bigotry, dishonesty, hypocrisy, stupidity, etc.
  • Stand Up News. "When news breaks here, it stays broken". Stephanie reads various stories as a set up for Jim's Sketch Comedy.
  • Tinsel Talk. "Stand Up News" meets Entertainment Tonight, as Stephanie and company make fun of Show Business.
  • Celebrity Hotline. Interview segments featuring everyone from Jimmy Carter to John Kerry to Jason Alexander.
  • Conspiracy Corner. Jim Ward gives the details on a Conspiracy Theory while the Mission: Impossible theme plays in the background.
  • Guess the Quote. As the theme from Jeopardy! plays, Stephanie reads several quotes with a common theme, then challenges Jim to guess who said them. Jim deliberately guesses wrong each time, but his answers usually have a theme of their own.

The show's official website is here.

In 2011, Stephanie was named Woman of the Year by Talkers magazine.

In March 2012, a televised version of the show began appearing on Current TV under the title Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller. The TV version currently runs on Free Speech TV.