Don McMillan

Engineer-turned-comedian known for custom-written corporate comedy and unique PowerPoint style.
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Don McMillan graduated from Stanford University with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982. He went to work for AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked as part of the team that designed the world’s first 32-bit Microprocessor. He then moved to the Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) where he worked at VLSI Technology as a computer chip designer. During his 6 years at VLSI, he designed more than 30 integrated circuit chip designs many of which are still out there in systems today. 

But after winning the 16th Annual San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition in 1991, Don turned in his chips for a microphone. He went on to be $100,000 Grand Champion on “Star Search” in 1993. He’s had numerous television appearances including “The Tonight Show” on NBC, CNN’s “The Larry King Show”, MTV’s “Half Hour Comedy Hour”, and A&E’s “Evening at the Improv”. Nowadays, you can catch Don headlining comedy clubs from the “Improvisation” to “Catch-A-Rising Star” across the country. 

Don has appeared in many movies, television programs, and commercials. You most likely have seen Don as the star of fifteen national commercials for Budweiser Beer. He plays the Bud delivery guy who mans the “freshness hotline” and protects the world against “unfresh” beer. He can also be seen in commercials for 7-11, Franco-American Ravioli, Little Caesar’s Pizza, ServiStar Hardware, and United Airlines. In movies, he has appeared  in: “Don: Plain & Tall”, “Air Bud III – World Pup”, “Life Without Dick”, “Macon County Jail”, “Party Crashers”, “Fanatics”, and “TeenBoy”. Don has guest starred on the TV series “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Babylon 5”, “City Guys”, and “Step by Step”. He has also been profiled in both “Entertainment Weekly” and “TV Guide”. 

Don has not lost contact with his high-tech roots. He has performed over 300 shows for major corporations around the United States including IBM, Dell, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco Systems, and Genentech. Don’s corporate show utilizes his unique background to develop humor specifically for the group and/or event he is performing for. His show includes a lighthearted look at the corporate world, computers, technology, and the high-tech lifestyle. He is the only stand-up comedian working who uses PowerPoint to present a one-of-a-kind, multi-media comedy show.

 

MOST REQUESTED TOPICS:
Technically Funny
Humor specifically written and performed for any audience - sales, marketing, management, engineers, etc. I work with each group and develop a unique humorous presentation for their company, group, or event. My show will entertain, motivate, invigorate, relieve stress, and enlighten corporate groups.

Life After Death by PowerPoint
I “pretend” to be an expert in improving communication through more effective presentations using PowerPoint. I start out seriously and slowly get funnier and funnier - but always with a PowerPoint/Communication focus. After some time, I let the group know that I am NOT a serious speaker but just to entertain and/ or provide a change of pase, a shot of energy, or just a break. The group usually likes me EVEN more when they realize they get a break from hours of talking heads and endless PowerPoint slides. PLUS the group will actually see and learn the best way to do PowerPoint Presentation.

What’s After the Next Big Thing?
I “pretend” to be a futurist talking about future of technology and what is coming next. I start out seriously and slowly get funnier and funnier - but always with a future technology focus. After some time, I let the group know that I am NOT a serious speaker but just to entertain and/ or provide a change of pace, a shot of energy, or just a break. The group usually likes me EVEN more when they realize they get a break from hours of talking heads and endless PowerPoint slides. 

A Laughing Employee is a Happy Employee
By working closely with each client, I find what is “funny” about what they do; I share it with them; encourage them to use humor; and give them skills to develop that humor. This presentation can enhance morale, support creativity, motivate, invigorate, and relieve stress.

Emcee of Session or Event
I start the day (session) off with 10-15 minutes of comedy specifically written for the group. I then introduce each speaker throughout the session. Between speakers I interject comedy to keep the crowd energized, engaged, and focused. An excellent way to add variety and life to a session(s) usually filled with talking head after talking head. I can also do all announcements and housekeeping as well as keeping track of time and adjusting my part on the fly to keep the session(s) on schedule.

PRODUCTS:
Technically Funny 2.0: A Users Guide to Life
The DVD contains a 90-minute performance recorded. It features over 100 of Don’s funniest PowerPoint slides. The DVD also includes the video “Life After Death by PowerPoint” that has been viewed by millions on YouTube and MySpace.

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