T.J. Miller, the hottest comedy star on the rise anywhere, was missing in action. T.J. has done way too many films lately to name, but here are a few: CLOVERFIELD, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (ONE and TWO), GET HIM TO THE GREEK, YOGI BEAR, UNSTOPPABLE, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, SHE’S OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE – and in theaters now: ROCK OF AGES and FINDING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD. All that plus TWO new TV series – the one for Comedy Central starts in September and the other, a network show, starts in the fall.
Brother, he is a busy, busy boy.
However T.J. is taking a week off, August 1-4, to stop by one of his favorite comedy clubs, STANFORD AND SONS. Why? Stanford’s gave T.J. his first full headlining week, and his parents were in KC, so they watched all of his shows that week. It was great. We have a big brother, little brother relationship. We had no clue the young guy would rise to be the man in less than three years, but he did.
Maybe most important, T.J. had a close relationship with my little brother, Jack and Jack was killed in an auto accident last October. Miller flew in the next day to be with Jeff and I. What a kind person. He loved Jack.
T.J. even came back two weeks later, at no charge, to do a one night benefit for Jack.
TV star and Last Comic Standing winner, Eliza Schlesinger co starred. My brother and I were more than touched.
So yeah I would love to have spent this past week in Canada with my pal TJ. Truth is he would have been swamped, way, way more than me or Kramer. This guy takes no back seat to Lewis Black, Chelsea, Howie, Jim Jefferies or any star up here today.
TJ Miller is now a comedy rock star.
I truly hope those of you who aren’t familiar with him will take this opportunity to come see what the big buzz about him is all about. Really. His charisma and charm jump out at you from the stage, you laugh at almost anything the guys says. His six foot four body with a bushy Kennedy type hair style grabs you almost as much as that million dollar smile, that never leaves Miller’s face. The guy is just a winner.
He even offered to help produce or advise Steve Kramer and I on our Stanford’s cartoon. The last time he spoke to Jack was a few days before my little brother was killed. T.J. was off to meet Tom Cruise for a part in Rock of Ages. Miller was nervous and said to Jack, “Man, I don’t even know what to say to Cruise when I meet him.”
Jack ran after T.J. as Miller headed to grab his ride to the airport and fly to Miami to hang with the Cruiser.
“T.J.,” Jack yelled. “Remember Tom Cruise is lucky to meet you, you’re on your way to the top, don’t forget that!”
Miller never did.
TJ Miller is a very special new star and I have a feeling he will always find a day or two a year to stop into KC and see all of us.