Mel Miller shot to fame in the country’s first television comedy series, Biltong and Pot-roast, in 1976 – “It took me twelve years to become an overnight success,” he crows.
Mel Miller greeted the Nineties resurgence of local comedy with gusto. His presence as a guaranteed killer headliner helped establish venues like Hysterix at the Randburg Waterfront, and ensured the success of large-scale events like the 5fm Comedy Jam. His presence on a Comedy Shop, bill ensures a packed house, and his routine is a highlight of the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival every year. In 1997, his two-hander with Shaun Griggs, Things To Do In Joburg When You Haven’t Realized You’re Dead, rocked full houses at the Liberty Theatre On The Square, Sandton, and in 1999 he delighted crowds at the Grahamstown Festival with Captain Chaos Returns.
Mel Miller is a favorite on all types of shows and has become a household name. His contribution to local Stand Up Comedy has earned him the title “ The Godfather of S.A. Comedy!” which was given to him by his peers and other successful Stand Up Comedians. However the biggest asset Mel offers function organizers is a guaranteed raucous laughter that echoes through every venue, long after he has left the room. It’s not a shadow he leaves behind but happiness, smiles, tears of laughter & side pains.