£1,000 - £3,000
Type of Entertainment
Comedian / Speaker - After Dinner Speaker
Corporate Events, Private Parties, Company Parties, Award Ceremonies, Celebratory Events
Comedy has evolved over the years & so has Mick Miller. He got his big break on ITV’s New Faces (which was the premier talent show of its day), became a household name when he was a regular on ITV’s The Comedians & has continued to work solidly ever since.
Nowadays, he is equally at home entertaining on board cruise ships, performing at corporate functions, theatre, cabaret clubs & the new style comedy clubs. He also co-stars with Johnny Vegas in the cult BBC comedy show, Ideal.
In 1976, Mick applied to go on the popular TV talent show, New Faces. He was accepted & won his heat & as a direct result, was signed up for a national tour supporting Chuck Berry. Other tours followed & in 1977 he was offered his first summer season in Morecombe.
1978 saw him appear for the summer season at Blackpool’s South Pier. The show was very well received & he was invited back the following year. It was during this season that TV producer Johnny Hamp, first saw Mick work. He loved what he saw & immediately offered Mick a regular spot on The Comedians. He appeared alongside such household names as Roy Walker, Stan Boardman & Jim Bowen. He loved every minute of it & is still close friends with many of the team.
After the success of that show, Mick was offered other TV work including Blankety Blank & The Little & Large Show. He was also given his own half-hour TV special by Granada called Success. Eventually, Mick was asked to co-present a series called The Funny Side along with Mike Smith & Cheryl Baker. Thanks to shows such as Des O’Connor Tonight, he has appeared on TV every year since The Comedians.
Coming up to the present, Mick has appeared on the cult sports quiz, They Think It’s All Over & had a half-hour special on Sky One. This was filmed in front of a live audience at a famous London comedy club. He was also very proud to be a regular guest on the popular daytime TV show, Today with Des & Mel. In 2004, Johnny Hamp reunited four of the original comedians for a nationwide theatre tour. Mick, along with Roy Walker, Frank Carson & Ken Goodwin played to packed houses up & down the country.
October 2004, Mick entered the Kings of Comedy house. This was for a new programme made by Endemol & the idea was to put ‘old school’ comedians in a house with bright, new, young comedians – they would live together & perform various tasks. At the end of the week, everyone would perform in front of a live audience & one of them would be voted off. Mick finished 3rd behind Andrew Maxwell & his old pal, Stan Boardman.
Mick kept in touch with Andrew & also made a great friend of Scottish comedienne, Janey Godley who was also in the house. Janey later invited Mick on to her Edinburgh Festival show which proved to be a turning point in Mick’s career. He felt invigorated by his time in the house working with the new breed of comedians & it gave him a new lease of life. He realised that there was more to working than just being the comedian who was on The Comedians! Tough decisions had to be made & he felt that the time was right to part from his long-standing manager which allowed him to have more control over his career.
After completing a pilot show for BBC Radio 4, Mick took the opportunity to get to know the young comedians who were also involved in it. One of them, Toby Hadoke, ran a comedy club in Manchester & after a drink in the BBC bar, Mick offered to do a spot at the club. He was very nervous about doing this as he had no idea of what it was going to be like – XS Malarkey is a comedy club, based in a student pub! Mick had worked all over the world but never in this type of venue. Toby reassured him that all would be OK & it was. The reaction to him was amazing & he didn’t want to leave the stage. The support acts that night were Peter Slater & Alfie Joey, both great comedians who would turn up later in Mick’s career.
Mick had become a cult! The younger audiences loved him & he gained a new respect from the younger generation of comedians. He was asked by Justin Moorhouse (young Kenny from Phoenix Nights) to appear in a charity show at The Opera House in Manchester. The show starred Peter Kay, Jimmy Carr & the cast of Phoenix Nights along with stars from Coronation Street. Mick was the surprise hit of the night.
New & interesting offers followed; he appeared in Andrew Maxwell’s Full Mooner’s with Noel Fielding (Mighty Boosh) at The Comedy Store in London, also recorded comedy shows for BBC Radio 7 & 4 and was a special guest on Lee Mack’s Radio 2 show. Shortly after working at The Comedy Store in Manchester, Mick was asked to audition for the part of Keith in the cult BBC TV show, Ideal. He got the part & has now filmed two series.
Mick works around the world on cruise ships. He is one of the most in demand after dinner comedians in the UK & is a firm favourite on the live cabaret circuit.
In 2009, he toured the UK with comedians, Billy Pearce & Jimmy Cricket & starred in The Comedians Show on Blackpool’s North Pier throughout the summer.
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