TJ Miller / The Mirage / Las Vegas / June 24th /Tickets
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Comedian TJ Miller brings his new stand up show to Las Vegas on June 24th. A few weeks before the release of his new HBO special, T.J. Miller somewhat surprisingly announced he’d be leaving Silicon Valley, the tech comedy series that kickstarted his career.
“It was the right time,” Miller later explained. “HBO and I kind of decided that this was a time that the character could leave. We’d written it in a place where there was an organic departure.”
His time as the delusional Erlich Bachman is coming to an end, but a new phase in Miller’s career is just beginning. This week saw the premiere of Miller’s new stand-up special, Meticulously Ridiculous, filmed at the Paramount Theater in Miller’s hometown of Denver, Colorado. (Full disclosure: I’m also a Miller from Denver, but there’s no relation between myself and T.J.)
This special comes at a time of high-profile stand-up specials. In 2017 alone, Netflix has already released 20 stand-up specials, throwing tons of money at Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, and Louis C.K. just in the last few months. To stand out among all these A-list stars requires more than big jokes, it requires a big personality.
And thankfully, Miller has enough personality to compete with the mega comedy stars. Even at his most absurd, Miller’s a character who can carry even some of his worst burp jokes—when his quality dips near the middle of his special.
Occasionally, his jokes can be confusing, long, and meandering—like the dream joke—but they’re always held together with Miller’s huge character. Like his own Erlich Bachman from Silicon Valley, he’s a masterful salesmen who believes in his own bullshit, and it’s enough to make even his duds land. It’s hard to figure out where the persona ends and Miller begins.
I honestly want to believe his reasons why he doesn’t give a fuck: He eats the parsley first. “When I eat a strawberry, I eat the whole fucking thing.” He eats the tail of shrimp. He chooses the Spanish option at the ATM. He doesn’t put paper down on public toilet seats. He fucks till he trucks—whatever that means. His explanation still isn’t very clear when he kind of wanders into very specific details and jokes about trucking life that you can’t help but think Miller legitimately got stoned once and let his curiosity run wild on a Google search.
Half the time you don’t even really need to know what the hell Miller is talking about to laugh at the sheer fact that he’s the one saying it. Though the road there is long and confusing, he does come up with some solid one liners like: “He fucks her like the guy who just invented peanut butter.”
And this is precisely what’s promising about his post-Silicon Valley future—the guy is a good enough performer to make even sub-par writing work. You could put him in the most basic comedy—he jokes a lot about being in 2010’s Yogi Bear—and he could find a way to make it funny. Maybe he’ll stick to supporting side-kick roles—like 2016’s Deadpool—for a little while. But if Meticulously Ridiculous is any indication, he can carry the show on his own.