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Troy Miller is an American film producer, director and screenwriter. Miller is best known for his work in comedy and has been nominated for 15 Emmy Awards with two wins. Miller is known as an innovator in alternative comedy, and has directed four feature films as well as directing and producing numerous TV shows and specials.

Troy Miller
Miller as Director/Camera Operator
United States
OccupationFilm director, cinematographer, screenwriter, producer, editor
Years active1981–present



Most recently, Miller directed the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Mark Twain Prize with Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Kennedy Center and produced the last (2018 & 2019) seasons of Arrested Development, for Netflix. Recently Miller Produced and Directed all episodes of Brian Regan's Stand-up and Away with Brian Regan for Netflix. George Lopez: The Wall, live comedy concert for HBO. Another Live special for HBO featured Bill Maher closing his HBO series, then on to a live stand up special Bill Maher: Live from DC. Comedy Central's first ever live standup special was Brian Regan Live From Radio City Music Hall, produced and directed by Miller. In his recent past he produced and directed the first season of Hulu's Deadbeat, which was shot in New York City and featured Tyler Labine, Cat Deeley, Brandon T. Jackson and Lucy DeVito. Deadbeat premiered on April 9, 2014 to positive reviews and was #1 site wide the day it dropped on Hulu. Currently, Miller has several projects in development through his production shingle Dakota Pictures. Previously, Miller acted as producer and director of the first Netflix reboot of Arrested Development, along with the show's creator Mitch Hurwitz. Prior to Arrested, he also executive produced and directed HBO’s George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You, a live comedy concert and one of HBO's most watched events of 2012. Miller has produced and/or directed specials for a variety of many other comedians including Robin Williams, Martin Short, Katt Williams, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, Dave Chappelle, David Cross, Kathleen Madigan, Jeff Garlin, and David Alan Grier. Also in 2012, Miller created / executive produced (with Russell Brand), Brand X With Russell Brand for FX. In its second season BrandX became FX's first weekly live series (also directed by Miller).

Miller has produced and directed short- and long-form programming for all of the major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox) and cable outlets such as MTV, Comedy Central, Bravo, TBS, Disney XD, and many others including the BBC. Some notable projects from Miller's past include Mr. Show and Tenacious D for HBO, on which Miller served as both executive producer and director. In 2003, Miller created Viva La Bam along with celebrity skater Bam Margera for MTV; by 2005 it was the most watched cable show for teens aged 12–18.[1] Miller's first industry job was as an intern on the show Fridays, working under the tutelage of comics such as Rich Hall, Larry David and Andy Kaufman. Miller directed all episodes in the first two seasons of the Emmy-nominated Tracey Ullman's State of the Union for Showtime, and regularly directs episodes of NBC's Parks and Recreation and The Office. Miller is executive producer and one of the directors for both seasons of the acclaimed shows Flight of the Conchords as well as HBO's Bored to Death. When directing an episode, Miller often operates Steadicam.[citation needed] Most recently Miller directed/executive produced (with creator Mitch Hurwitz) the fourth season of Arrested Development for Netflix. Other recent credits include EP/Director/Creator of FX's BrandX with Russell Brand as well as Parks and Recreation, The Office, and New Girl.

Miller has also produced and directed eight opening films for the Academy Awards Oscar telecast, including those featuring Billy Crystal, Jon Stewart, James Franco and Anne Hathaway. He is the creator of this "short film opening award show format" that ultimately began with the MTV Movie Awards. His films have served as the opening for twenty awards shows. Miller is one of the creators of the short-form genre of films that have become common in award show openings. Having produced and directed many MTV Movie Awards opens, including the two most recent shows hosted by Conan O'Brien and Rebel Wilson respectively. Miller produced and directed all of the short films that have opened the Oscar telecast. The 84th annual show featured Tom Cruise and George Clooney and again featured Billy Crystal (embedded within the footage of other films). In 2006, Jon Stewart used Miller to construct his Oscar open which featured Clooney, Chris Rock, Halle Berry, Steve Martin and David Letterman. Miller also directed the opening film for the 83rd Academy Awards parodying Inception, featuring hosts Franco and Hathaway embedded in Best Picture nominees and cameo appearances by Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman. Miller also crafted the opening film for Bette Midler's Las Vegas stage show, The Showgirl Must Go On as well as has directed well a huge array of other short films for various sketch programs and live presentations and film festivals.

The director of four feature films, Miller is probably best known for directing the seasonal film Jack Frost, starring Michael Keaton.[2] Miller also produced and directed the Mr. Show spin-off movie Run Ronnie Run! which opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and CineVegas' closing night film that same year.[citation needed] Among other features and movie-of-the-week productions, Miller also directed Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, a moderate commercial success in first release. The film was poorly received by critics, but it went on to earn upwards of $80 million in international box office. Miller also directed The Announcement, an independent feature, made in the UK and distributed by the BBC1, that starred Mark Addy among others.


Standup comedyEdit

  • Natasha Leggero (Comedy Central) 2015
  • Bill Maher: Live from D.C. (HBO) 2014
  • George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You (HBO) 2012
  • Bill Maher: CrazyStupidPolitics - Live from Silicon Valley (Yahoo) 2012
  • David Alan Grier: Comedy You Can Believe In (TBS) 2009
  • Martin Short: Let Freedom Hum (TBS) 2009
  • Jim Gaffigan: King Baby (Comedy Central) 2009
  • Jo Koy: Don't Make Him Angry (Comedy Central) 2009
  • Katt Williams: It's Pimpin Pimpin 2008
  • Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole (Comedy Central) 2008
  • John Oliver: Terrifying Times (Comedy Central) 2008
  • David Cross: The Pride Is Back (HBO) 1999
  • George Carlin: Playin' With Your Head (MPI Home Video) 1986
  • The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion (HBO) 1986
  • Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met (HBO) 1986
  • Don Rickles: Rickles on the Loose (Showtime) 1986

Episodic televisionEdit

TV moviesEdit

  • Wyclef Jean in America (HBO) 2008
  • Like Father, Like Sunday (Comedy Central) 2006
  • Van Stone: Tour of Duty 2006
  • Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words (Bravo) 2005
  • The Show with A.J. Calloway (Sony Pictures TV) 2005
  • David Blaine: Vertigo (Virgil Films) 2002
  • Super Nerds (Comedy Central) 2000
  • Mr. Show and the Incredible, Fantastical New Report (HBO) 1998
  • Save Our Streets (NBC) 1997
  • Beverly Hills Family Robinson (ABC) 1997
  • Mr. Show with Bob and David: Fantastic Newness (HBO) 1996
  • Best Defense (CBS) 1994
  • Madonna: Blond Ambition World Tour Live (Pioneer Artists) 1990
  • Tales from the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown Class Clown (MTV) 1990
  • Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (CBS) 1988
  • Harry Anderson's Hello Sucker (Showtime) 1986
  • Mystery Magical Special (Nickelodeon) 1986

Short filmsEdit

Feature filmsEdit


Primetime Emmy Award Nominee

  • The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (ABC) 2011 - Outstanding Short-Form Picture Editing
  • Flight of The Conchords (HBO) 2009 - Outstanding Comedy Series
  • The 78th Annual Academy Awards (ABC) 2006 - Outstanding Picture Editing for a Special (Single or Multi-Camera)
  • The 76th Annual Academy Awards (ABC) 2004 - Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special

Daytime Emmy Award Nominee

  • Tales from the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown Class Clown (MTV) 1991 - Outstanding Children's Special

CableACE Awards Nominee

  • 1993 MTV Movie Awards (MTV) 1993 - Variety Special or Series


  1. ^ "Friday". Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  2. ^ "Jack Frost". 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2014-02-17.

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