Mick Miller – Comedian and After Dinner Speaker
After several jobs, including playing for Port Vale F.C, Mick began working as a sports host for Pontins at the Camber Sands camp near Hastings. He loved the job and eventually appeared in the Blue Coat Shows.
As the season went on, Mick became interested in comedy. He took every opportunity to learn from the visiting comedians.
The season ended and Mick decided to try his luck as a comedian. It was a hard winter, but it taught him a lot about the business. During his leaner times, Mick decided that he would need a “stage” name. He wanted a name that rolled off the tongue. Miller seemed to go well with Mick, so that’s how the name came about. It has nothing to do with Mick The Miller, the champion greyhound!
Mick Miller returned to Camber Sands for the next season as the main comedy host. His act improved and he soon became “in demand.” A lot of his work was at the army camps and they certainly let him know if they didn’t like his act.
In 1976, Mick Miller applied to go on the popular TV talent show, New Faces. He was accepted and won his heat. As a direct result, he was signed up for a national tour supporting Chuck Berry. Other tours followed, and in 1977 he was offered his first summer season in Morecombe.
1978 saw Mick Miller appear for the summer season at Blackpool’s South Pier. The show was very well received, and 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 and immediately offered Mick a regular spot on The Comedians TV show. He appeared alongside such household names as Roy Walker, Stan Boardman, Frank Carson and Jim Bowen.
After the success of The Comedians, Mick Miller was offered other TV work. He appeared on such shows as Blankety Blank and The Little And Large Show. He was also given his own half hour TV special by Granada TV called Success. Eventually, Mick was asked to co present a series called The Funny Side along with Mike Smith and Cheryl Baker.
Coming up to the present, television appearance include: They Think It’s All Over, Mick Miller Half Hour Special on Sky One and The Kings Of Comedy. Mick also played the part of Keith in the cult BBC TV show, Ideal with Johnny Vegas.
Mick Miller is still as popular as ever and is in great demand for cabaret, cruising and after dinner speaking.