Don McMillan graduated from Stanford University with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982, and has a BSEE from Lehigh University. After graduation, Don McMillan went to work for AT&T Bell Laboratories where he was part of the team that designed the world’s first 32 bit Microprocessor. Don McMillan then moved to the Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) where he worked at VLSI Technology as a computer chip designer. During his six years at VLSI, he designed more than 50 Standard and ASIC Designs, many of which are still out there today.
After winning the 16th Annual San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition in 1991, Don McMillan 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 Larry King Live, MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour, and A&E’s Evening at the Improv. Nowadays, you can catch Don McMillan headlining comedy clubs across the country, from Improvisation to Catch A Rising Star.
You most likely have seen Don McMillan as the star of 15 national commercials for Budweiser Beer. Don McMillan 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.
In the movies, Don McMillan starred in the award-winning 2004 independent feature, Don: Plain & Tall. It’s the story of an engineer who tosses it all away to become a stand up comic (sound familiar?). Don: Plain & Tall was awarded “Best Feature Comedy” at the Back East Film Festival. Don has also appeared in the feature length films: Air Bud IIICWorld Pup, Life Without Dick, Macon County Jail, Party Crashers, and Fanatics. Don McMillan 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 McMillan has not lost contact with his high tech roots. He has performed over 300 shows for major corporations around the United States including IBM, Apple, Sun Microsystems, and Cisco. Don‘s corporate show utilizes his unique background to take a lighthearted look at computers, technology, and the high tech life. His PowerPoint slides are like none you’ve ever seen. He is the only comedian that references “Avagadro’s Number,” “DRAM,” AXML,” and he Beta tests all his jokes.