T.J. Miller


04 Jun 1981


Denver, Colorado, USA


A comedian. Improvisation, Sketch and Stand-up comedy are his forte.

Todd Joseph Miller was born in Denver, Colorado, to Leslie, a clinical psychologist, and Kent Miller, an attorney. He went to East High School, and college in Washington, D.C. There, he performed with the group receSs for 4 years, being the only person in his class out of 100 to audition and be accepted into the group. He remained the sole member of receSs until his junior year, when he was joined by Michael "Tuck The Ruckus" Tokaruk, an acclaimed comedian and equestrian, who taught T.J. how to ride a horse, a pastime he calls "droll." He met his future wife, Kate Gorney, when they performed in "A Chorus Line" in university production of the musical. She played The Ballerina (being an accomplished ballerina herself) and he played Richie, the African American character. He credits the casting to East High School, which was a primarily black and Latino high school, and also that no black people auditioned for the part.

During his Time in the nation's capital, he studied classical acting at B.A.D.A in Oxford, England and circus arts at Frichess Theatre Urbain. He was outstanding in the field of Stilt Walking, but was never able to execute any trick, at all, on Trapeze. He is an accomplished Clown and Juggler, having mastered 5 ball juggling, over fifty 3-ball tricks, clubs, torches, knives, and his specialty (which garnered him a Magician Membership to The Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA) Cigar Boxes.

After graduating with honors (a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Persuasion Theory and Social Influence) he moved to Chicago where he began performing with independent improvisation teams such as the group Chuckle Sandwich, the i.o. house team Bullet Lounge, The sketch group Heavy Weight (with Mark Raterman, Nick Vatterott & Brady Novak). He toured with Second City for almost 2 years (though he was never a company member of the MainStage), and during that time he missed over 15 flights to various cities the company toured to. During his time in Chicago, he performed Standup every night for almost 4 years, never taking a night off even on Holidays. He became a regular at Chicago's famed alternative room The Lincoln Lodge, and only performed at Chicago's Zanies Comedy Club 3 times in 4 years, apparently because they had an aversion to his absurdist style.

Miller's first appearance on television was on The Standard Deviants, a PBS show aimed at providing educational DVDs and programming for schools. He played a knight and a dinosaur detective.

Proficient in every medium of comedy (he considers even 'acting' simply another medium of comedy) he is also a Voice Over Artist, having worked for Old Style, Mucinex, Cars.com among other brands as well as in feature films & animated television shows.

In 2011 he produced a 42 track E.P. entitled "The Extended Play E.P." with Comedy Central Records, a Folk/Pop/Hip Hop concept album, which he describes as satirical; aimed at celebrities that cross over into other mediums they have no business being in simply because of their brand name (he also considers himself "a proponent of the semicolon, "it is underused and feared for no particular reason"). He then remixed this album with Illegal Art, a legitimate music label, enlisting the roster of artists on the label (including the godfather of sampling, "Steinski") the same year. According to him, this was to prove that the album, when given to actual musicians, became superior to the original, in addition to satirizing artists that remix one song and sell it to listeners multiple times.

He considers his greatest performance to be his portrayal of Ranger Jones, in Yogi Bear 3D, which filmed in New Zealand and wrapped shortly before his seizure that led to the discovery of an AVM (which he alleges confirmed rather than initiated his Absurdist Philosophy). He has stated multiple times that it was the pinnacle of his artistic career, and that "it's in some ways comforting to have reached the pinnacle of his career so early on" and that is has been all downhill since that point.

Aside from being a major proponent of Denver, his hometown, he has done extensive charity work and continues to visit East High School, where he did his first stand-up performance in drama class. He credits his teacher, Melody Duggan, for much of his success and thanked her specifically in his speech when he won a Critic's Choice Award for best supporting actor in a comedy series (For HBO's Silicon Valley).

He frequently cites his compulsive and almost pathologically driven work ethic as an altruistic effort to distract people from the tragedy that permeates everyday life, and believed that comedy would be more of a contribution than psychology, since instead of affecting only at most a few hundred people dramatically, he can affect millions of people in small increments.

He has publicly stated he believes "Comedians are the new philosophers" and that academic philosophers are no longer relevant. However, he is a student of philosophy and subscribes to the ethical philosophy of John Stuart Mill (Utilitarianism), which states that one should make the most amount happiness for the most amount of people, which he cites as one of the reasons he made the his decision to be a comedian. His stand-up (as of 2015) is aimed at "discussing Time and the release of the death anxiety." By the age of 33 he had read all of Nietzsche's works, and considers himself an Absurdist with philosophical roots in Nihilism.

He resides in Los Angeles, where he struggles to make meaning in an uncertain world.

Actor ( 87 credits )

How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2018) Tuffnut Thorston (voice)
Ready Player One (2018) i-R0k
Funny: The Documentary (2017) Himself
Emojimovie: Express Yourself (2017) Gene (voice)
Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)
Walden (2017) Charlie
Office Christmas Party (2016)
Deadpool (2016) Weasel
FML (2016)
Those Who Can't (2016)  Uncle Jake (1 episode, 2016)
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser (2016)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Party Legends (2016)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Hell and Back (2015) Augie (voice)
Dragons: Race to the Edge (2015)  Tuffnut (25 episodes, 2015-2016)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Donnie Barnett / ... (2 episodes, 2016)
The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore (2015)  Himself - Panelist (1 episode, 2016)
Pop Culture Underground (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Search Party (2014) Jason
Big Hero 6 (2014) Fred / Fredzilla (voice)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Lucas
Jason Nash Is Married (2014)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Tuffnut (voice)
Silicon Valley (2014)  Erlich (8 episodes, 2014)
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Garfunkel and Oates (2014)  Matthew (uncredited) (1 episode, 2014)
Idiotsitter (2014)  Chet (2 episodes, 2014)
The Goodwin Games (2013)  Jimmy Goodwin (7 episodes, 2013)
High School USA! (2013)  Brad (12 episodes, 2013)
The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Jeselnik Offensive (2013)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2013)
In Bed with Joan (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
The Pete Holmes Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Love and Germophobia (2012) David
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Chipper Host / Darcy
Rock of Ages (2012) Rolling Stone Receptionist
DreamWorks Dragons (2012)  Tuffnut / ... (40 episodes, 2012-2014)
Mash Up (2012)  Himself - Host (8 episodes, 2012)
The Burn with Jeff Ross (2012)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Gravity Falls (2012)  Robbie (7 episodes, 2012)
Gotham Comedy Live (2012)  Himself - Comedian / ... (3 episodes, 2013)
Harder Than It Looks (2012)  Tucker (1 episode, 2012)
The Gorburger Show (2012)  Gorburger (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Romantic Encounters with Melinda Hill (2012)  ToyStory5 (1 episode, 2012)
RVC: The Lone Shopping Network (2012)  Terry 'Tey Jey' Jey (unknown episodes)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
A Day in the Life of a Female Comedian (2011) Himself
Our Idiot Brother (2011) Billy
I'm Having a Difficult Time Killing My Parents (2011) Himself
Happy Endings (2011)  Jason Shershow (1 episode, 2011)
Traffic Light (2011)  Jason (1 episode, 2011)
Funny as Hell (2011)  Himself - Comedian (1 episode, 2011)
After Lately (2011)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013)
Underpassed (2011) Himself
A Toast to Green Lantern (2011) Green Lantern
Gulliver's Travels (2010) Dan
Yogi Bear (2010) Ranger Jones
Unstoppable (2010) Gilleece
Get Him to the Greek (2010) Brian the Concierge
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Tuffnut (voice)
She's Out of My League (2010) Stainer
Conan (2010)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
For a Green Card (2010)  Peter (2 episodes, 2010)
The Benson Interruption (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
FCU: Fact Checkers Unit (2010)  Cop (1 episode, 2011)
Successful Alcoholics (2010) Drake
Extract (2009) Rory
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009) Cessna Jim
The League (2009)  Gabriel (1 episode, 2011)
Wade and Eric Sold a Movie (2009)  Head Executive (1 episode, 2009)
=3 (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Very Funny Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Charlie on Parole (2009) Charlie
Sugar. (2008) Business Man Running
Cloverfield (2008) Hudson 'Hud' Platt
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself - Round Table / ... (37 episodes, 2009-2014)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Carpoolers (2007)  Marmaduke Brooker (13 episodes, 2007-2008)
American Dad! (2005)  Benji / ... (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Daily Habit (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Soup (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) (1 episode, 2010)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
FML (0)

Producer ( 6 credits )

The Thermostat (2014) talent producer (1 episode, 2014)
Mash Up (2012) executive producer (unknown episodes)
RVC: The Lone Shopping Network (2012) executive producer (unknown episodes)
I'm Having a Difficult Time Killing My Parents (2011) producer
Underpassed (2011) executive producer
Successful Alcoholics (2010) producer

Writer ( 4 credits )

Mash Up (2012) (8 episodes, 2012)
The Gorburger Show (2012) (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
RVC: The Lone Shopping Network (2012) (unknown episodes)
Funny as Hell (2011) (1 episode, 2011)

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