It was back in 2006 that Otis Miller and Mike Lorenz came together to offer Wisconsin and the world Miller and Mike Quality Family Entertainment.
Now in 2016 we are happy to announce our 10 Year Anniversary Tour.
Get ready for a fun filled summer as Miller and Mike make our way to your town.
You can stay up to date on upcoming shows at www.millerandmike.com.
It was a year ago that I traveled half way across the world for 5 weeks to entertain audiences at the Dubai Shopping Festival. In a troupe of 20 clowns I performed at malls and parks throughout Dubai in UAE.
What an amazing opportunity!
I was able to work with Appleton native Jeff McMullen who is great to learn from and a truly funny guy. Our troupe put together a show with music, unicycles, juggling and lots of funny.
The trip reminded me that no matter where you are funny is funny. Whether it’s kids at the circus, newlyweds on a cruise ship or families in the middle east people laugh the same.
Summer is upon us and for Miller & Mike it always starts with Celebrate De Pere at Voyager Park. We’re doing shows on Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day. On Saturday shows or at 2:30 & 6pm, on Sunday the shows are 1:30 & 5:30. Here’s a great photo from last year.
If you can’t make it don’t worry there will be lots of other shows all summer long, all across the state. I will update the calendar soon so keep an eye on it.
Whatever you do this Memorial Day make sure you take some time to remember our fallen heroes who gave so much for our freedom.
As the summer closes down Mike and I are looking forward to some time off (which really means home improvement projects). We had a great summer and a lot of fun. We played a lot of new places this year like the Brown County Fair, where I met a fan from Germany. Also the library in Hartford, WI where part of the reading program is pieing a librarian. Pieing is the verb form of the word pie. Mike and I also did shows at a lot of places we frequent where we always get great crowds like Wisconsin Rapids, Slinger and Green Bay.
But a big thank you needs to go out to the libraries of Waukesha County. Mike and I spent more than two weeks driving all over the county doing some great shows. It was a lot of fun and the patrons were very responsive.
The summer may be ending but that means it’s time for fall festivals. Check out the newly updated calendar at www.MillerandMike.com to see where we’re going next.
So many people have pointed out the clown shortage to me that I had to react. Luckily most of these people weren’t to worried because they know me. I’d like to say I’m part of the solution but the story cites that the World Clown Association (WCA) is down on it’s membership. Well guess who forgot to renew last year? I don’t think Mike has ever signed up.
The real shortage is people who know a clown when they see one. The NY Daily News ran the original story with a picture of 2 opera singers and fox and friends showed clips of the spoof clown from “In Living Color.” Of course if you’re reading this blog then I’m probably preaching to the choir. But the next time someone mentions a clown shortage or the ever popular comment, “I’m afraid of clowns,” you can pity them for their narrow definition of a clown. And feel free to tell them that you know what a clown is and invite them to a Miller & Mike show to see for themselves.
I got the chance to visit the Circus World Museum last week and if you haven’t been there in a while, this is the year to go back. When you get there say Hi to Rodger the clown, one of Miller & Mike’s friends who also toured with the Ringling Bros. circus. Tell him you know us and he’ll be extra funny.
New this year to the museum is an indoor theater showing an amazing magic show. The big top show has some amazing acts as well. My favorites were the contortionist, the monkeys and a great comedy trampoline act. There is also a good dog act, unicycles and of course Rodger the clown.
Baraboo really is Wisconsin’s hidden treasure. Along with the museum Baraboo has a great downtown square with not only quaint cafe’s and the Al Ringling Theater but also the International Clown Hall of Fame. When you’re there say Hi to Greg and know that you’re talking to the soap gag King. He’s another former RBBB (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey) clown but his resume only starts there.
Memorial Day is here and with it the unofficial start of summer. That means Mike and I will be back at Celebrate De Pere. What better way to ring in summer then spend a weekend at beautiful Voyager Park in De Pere with great bands, fun rides and your favorite clowns, Miller & Mike.
There is so much to see and do. You can vote at the car show, listen to Boogie and the Yo-yoz and cheer on your favorite team in the homemade boat race (only cardboard and duct tape allowed).
We’re very glad to be back at Celebrate De Pere with shows at 2:45pm & 6:00pm on Saturday then 1:30pm & 4:45pm on Sunday. Here is a photo I found from Celebrate De Pere 2012, everyone needs a hero.
Whatever you end up doing this weekend, make sure you remember those who gave their lives for the freedom we all enjoy. Happy Memorial Day and God bless America.
Those of you who are still upset by the poor performance of your bracket during this year’s March madness have no fear, it’s not over yet. While the damage to your bracket might feel like a broken leg there is one place where you can forget your worries and again enjoy the sport with the orange ball.
The brave fire fighters of Little Chute, Kimberly, and Combined Locks might not be masters of the game but they will take it to a new level with the help of their four-legged teammates. You’ve seen the game before but never like this. It’s all for the benefit of the FD, the flag fund and the old glory honor flight.
Come early because I’ll be there with a pre-show, bringing laughs and pumping up the crowd. You’d better believe I’m going to stick around to see the winning coach get a barrel of hay dumped on him.
Watch a bunch of grown fire fighters shot from their, donkeys. The game is Sunday, April 14th at 2:00pm at the Little Chute High School. Tickets are only $10 and are available at, East Wisconsin Savings Bank, Seth’s Coffee Shop, Vanderloop Shoes, and the Little Chute, Kimberly and Combined Locks fire departments.
I need your help! There is an excellent ukulele manufacturer in Hawaii that’s running a contest and giving away a uke worth about $1,250 (I want it). Entering is pretty simple, you post a video of yourself making uke music, people vote and the most votes win.
Go to http://iframe.wizehive.com/voting/view/win-a-tenor-koaloha-electric-ukulele-package/13342/1169544/0 to see my video and vote for it because it’s the best. I know it’s a crazy web address but it’s not my fault. The song is titled “I Love Star Wars,” you’ll find me on a couch next to Yoda. While you’re there watch some of the other videos and listen to some great uke playing. You’re allowed to vote once every 24 hours so go back every day and keep voting.
It’ll take a lot of work but if we win the ukulele will belong to all of us. Let’s keep it at my house first.
Miller and Mike draw comedic inspiration from many sources, some traditional some not so much.
When Miller and I toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus there were many a train run we would spend watching the Marx Brothers movies, trying to absorb some of the spirit and humor they provided.
If you are looking for your own inspiration or maybe just to tickle your funny bone let me recommend the Marx Brothers. It just so happens you can view the classic Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup on Netflix right now.
If you are ready for a looney madcap romp through love, war, and international diplomacy add Duck Soup to your instant queue.
I have already watched it like 500 times!