I first tried standup comedy in 2015 in NYC, and just kept going. I get onstage a couple times a week in Atlanta, and every time I go back to New York.
I’ve found the whole experience to be extremely valuable to my ad work, and I wrote an article for Adweek called “Funny Business: What Standup Comedy Taught Me About Pitching Work to Clients.” I’ve also expanded that into an hour long presentation that I’ve given a few times.
I also organized a comedy based training event for BBDO, where some of our employees worked with pro standup comics to put together their own 5-minute set, and perform it for the agency at Laughing Skull Comedy Club.
Currently, I produce, promote and perform in a bi-weekly comedy show in Atlanta called “Finely Crafted: Cocktails and Comedy” at Old 4th Distillery. You can check out all things comedy related at www.craigmillercomedy.com.
I wrote my first TV pilot last year, and got recognized by several film festivals and contests. And I’m working on more.
Logline: Craig, a young New York City advertising writer, is at the endof his rope struggling with love, career and money trouble in the big city, only to have his life further upended by the arrival of an unexpected new roommate: His Uncle Ron, a wild Texas outlaw cowboy type on a mission to finish his bucket list.
Studying story structure and the art of dialog from a non-advertising perspective has been really valuable, and I’ve prepared an internal presentation about that I give to my students at The Creative Circus. I highly recommend ad people check out Robert McKee’s writing and seminars.
I’ve been a guitarist and singer all my life, and I played in a relatively successful/unsuccessful alternative rock band in the 90’s called The Reach. I still love writing and recording songs in my home studio, and I do audio engineering, mixing and mastering on projects here and there, including recording and mixing most of the chants for The Chant Generator we did at BBDO for Old 4th Distillery. I’ve also finished a semester’s worth of music school at Berklee College of Music, by taking online classes in my spare time.