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 50 integrated circuit chip designs many of which are still out there in systems today. However, 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.
Currently, Don is starring in the award winning feature length film "Don: Plain & Tall" an independent feature about an engineer who tosses it all away to become a stand-up comic (sound familiar?). "Don: Plain & Tall" received the award for "Best Feature & Comedy" at the Breckenridge Festival of Film and the Back East Film Festival. Don has also appeared in: "Air Bud - World Pup", "Life Without Dick", "Macon County Jail", "Party Crashers", "Fanatics", and "TeenBoy". 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 "skunky" beer. He can also be seen in commercials for 7-11, Franco-American Ravioli, Little Caesar's Pizza, ServiStar Hardware, and United Airlines. 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 200 shows for major corporations around the United States including IBM, Dell, Apple, Cisco Systems, and HP. Don's corporate show utilizes his unique background to take a lighthearted look at computers, technology, and the high-tech lifestyle. He is the only stand-up comedian working who is using PowerPoint and references "Avagadro's Number", "DRAM", and he Beta tests all his jokes.
TMI: SEARCHING FOR HAPPINESS ON GOOGLE We are connected constantly. I get up in the morning and check my e-mail. I check my text messages. I update my Facebook page. I read the top stories in the news. I check the weather. I tweet a thing or two. Then I leave my computer and turn on the TV. I download some TV information. Head to my car -- turn on the radio -- and drive to work while getting even more data. I check my GPS for traffic. I take a call or two in my car. It is clear: I am addicted to information! I know for sure - I took the test on "NetAddiction.com". I visit it at least 15 or 20 times a day. It really helps. Yes, there is a website for "Internet Addiction." Isn't that sort of like having an AA meeting with an open bar? So, I am an addict: I have all the warning signs: If I check my e-mail and I have NO messages - I check it again - immediately. Sometimes I send myself a message just to make sure my e-mail server is working. If I reach for my phone and it is NOT there - I panic. My heart races. I can't breathe. I want to issue an Amber Alert for my phone. I am addicted to my phone - my information "supplier". I have all the information in the world - but am I happier?
I am constantly searching: "What time does that movie start?", "What was the dog's name on the Jetsons?", "Where can I find Crocs in size 16 (yes, I wear size 16)?", "What is the Meaning of Life?" And although I have global database at my fingertips, it seems like I know less than ever before. "TMI" will talk how frustrating life has become. I will share how "my searching" led me to understand which information is most important: The information I share with my family and friends. In an Age where we can connect to someone 1/2 way around the world, we forget that the one's we REALLY need to connect with are right in front of us.
Don McMillan worked for 15 years as an engineer at AT&T Bell Labs, IBM, and VLSI Technology. In 1993, he was the Comedy Grand Champion on "Star Search". He's appeared on "The Tonight Show", HBO, and Comedy Central. In the last 10 years, Don has written and performed more than 500 corporate comedy shows for companies like Microsoft, Apple, and IBM. For more on Don go to his website "www.technicallyfunny.com".