Mike Miller is a comedy screenwriter based in Denver and Vail. Mike’s work celebrates the resiliency of the human spirt and focuses on creating character driven, emotionally impactful stories.
Prior to screenwriting, Mike was a ski resort developer, tech company founder, and CEO in Vail Colorado. Originally from Ohio, he saw an ad for an entry level position while on a ski vacation with friends. It was one of those movie moments where the character follows his heart, quits his job, and takes the leap. His family and friends thought he was nuts.
Fortunately, it worked out. One of Mike’s favorite memories of Vail occurred while volunteering as a blind skier guide. After a day on the mountain, Mike asked his VIP companion which run was his favorite. The man laughed and replied, “Oh Mike, they all look the same”. Mike smiled at the joke and simple appreciation for the sentiment behind it, one often reflected in his writing.
Like any good story, this one has a quest. Mike’s quest began after his first class at The Second City. He flew between Denver and Chicago to study where his SNL comedy idols once honed their craft. He became an expert on the best benches for sleeping in O’Hare airport. He once again had to reassure friends and family he wasn’t nuts.
Mike spent years as a sketch comedy writer, improvisor, and performer as he learned the old-fashioned way, failing miserably or succeeding wonderfully in front of a live audience. Mike was known for the sketches that made the audience “Awwwwwww”. He wrote jokes for an aspiring late night television show filmed at The Second City in Hollywood and created the emcee script and digital sketch program for the Rocky Mountain Women in Cable Television Awards.
Mike completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Writing for Television in 2015 with his first television script winning first place in the TV Writers Scriptacular, third place at CineStory, and Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival. He continued to study storytelling completing UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting in 2017 with his first feature script TAP OUT winning the Nate Wilson Joie de Vivre Honorable Mention and placing in both the Final Draft Big Break and ScreenCraft Screenwriting competitions.
During the pandemic, Mike kept a smile on his face thanks to his wonderful wife, adorable pup, and his two passions of writing and cooking. He learned the art of sushi making and how to smoke a brisket, two meals with the shortest and longest cooking times. He made sure to share his culinary experiments with friends, even if it meant leaving a meal box outside their door.
Mike is most proud of his service as a teen suicide prevention volunteer, motivated by the loss of someone close to him. The experience was humbling, instilling a new appreciation for life, hope and empathy.
Mike enjoys telemark skiing in the Colorado mountains, exploring the world, and cooking for loved ones. His malamute pup Chewie (short for Chewbacca) happily volunteers as food taster and leftover remover.
Mike is happy to hold pitch meetings while enjoying a mountain ski tour, moonlight snowshoe, or wildflower hike. Don’t be surprised if his latest pitch seems a little nuts.