Don McMillan graduated from Stanford University with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He went to work for AT&T Bell Laboratories where he was part of the team that designed the world’s first 32-bit Microprocessor. He then moved to Silicon Valley 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 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 Improv” to “Catch-A-Rising Star” across the country.
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 “Babylon 5”, “City Guys”, and “Step by Step”.
He has appeared in three feature length films: “Macon County Jail”, “Party Crashers”, and “Fanatics”. He has also been profiled in both “Entertainment Weekly” and “TV Guide”.
Don has not lost contact with his high-tech roots. He’s performed over 100 shows for major corporations around the United States including Apple, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Novell. Don’s corporate show utilizes his unique background to take a lighthearted look at computers, t echnology, and the high-tech lifestyle. He is the only stand-up comedian working who references “Avagadro’s Number”, “DRAM”, and he Beta tests all his jokes.
“Don did a fantastic job and he was great to work with! I think many
attendees felt like the evening’s entertainment could have been just him
and not the “traditional” stuff that followed. We are very pleased with
how it all turned out.” – Brian Thomas, The International Society for Optical Engineering