Your originally from
I took a plane. You’re going to use that right? That’s my opening joke.
I’m using it.
I was in an improv group in college – big surprise. I knew I wanted to study in
Did you like your improv classes?
Honestly? I thought
I hadn’t really seen
Thank god that Jonathon Keaton is as virile as he is. I was understudying his roles when his wife became pregnant and he decided to stop touring. I got the job. My friend
You moved up the ladder pretty quickly, didn’t you?
I suppose he was referring to the fact that you were a somewhat untraditional
Absolutely. I was a stand up comedian in a world that had a lot of negative opinions about stand up comedy. I faced less of that bias at
Did you enjoy touring with
I would say it was the best job I’ve ever had – it’s at least equal in enjoyment to working on a prime time television show – if not even more fun. I remember my favorite gig of all time was the college in Winona Minnesota. It was an absolutely explosive show. It’s always a treat to go to smaller towns where they ask for your autographs after the show. At this gig, they not only asked for autographs, they demanded that we all party together. It was great. The college actually brought me back as a solo performer to do my stand up.
You must have a worst experience.
Oh yeah. It was at
You’re a great student of comedy, what kind of discoveries did you make at
As I said before, I really didn’t have a knowledge base about Second City prior to getting hired. I had heard from friends who didn’t work there that it was very mainstream. The great irony is that it was just the opposite. The actors at
Are you enjoying working on “Carpoolers?”
It’s a great environment and that comes directly from Bruce McCulloch – our director – who is also a member of Kids in the Hall. The show is also run by the folks that did “Arrested Development.” It’s interesting, we’re on ABC which is really not a comedy network. NBC has Tina Fey and Steve Carell and a bunch of terrific comedy shows. ABC has “Lost” and “Dancing with the Stars.” So our show really sticks out. But everyone who works on it is absolutely dedicated to making a great comedy sitcom. We’re not trying to be too hip for the room and we’re not trying to change the face of modern comedy. It’s a great cast – Jerry O’Connell is hilarious and Jerry Minor, a fellow
I have to bring up the show you did with your sketch company Heavy Weight.
We did a show at Sketch Fest in
And people still talk about it to this day…
And we didn’t tape it. Which actually kind of makes me glad. It just exists in the memories of the 200 people or so who saw it that night.
What’s on tap for you now?
We’re waiting to see if they order more episodes of “Carpoolers.” I recently filmed a JJ Abrams helmed feature film. I’m auditioning all the time and I’m pitching my own series ideas. I’m also still doing stand up. But I sincerely look at my time at
TJ Miller is available for stand up dates. Please contact Dave Becky at 310.888.3200.