Ben Miller

Ben Miller

Ben Miller studied for a PhD in physics (specifically "novel quantum effects in quasi zero-dimensional mesoscopic electrical systems") at Cambridge University, where he was also a member of the Footlights comedy troupe.

He met his comedy partner Alexander Armstrong in 1991, when they started performing together in the TBA sketch night in Notting Hill, West London.

But 1998 was their breakthrough year, when they landed a Radio 4 series and a TV series, produced for Channel 4 and the Paramount Comedy Channel.

The show ran for four series and included such characters as Scandinavian heavy metal band Strijka, the drama Nude Practice and hip middle-class presenters Craig Children and Martin Bain-Jones.

They dissolved their partnership in 2000, to forge their separate careers

Miller went on to appear in two series and a Christmas special of the BBC One sitcom The Worst Week Of My Life, and other TV shows including Primeval and Channel 4 sitcom The Book Group .

He has also appeared in films including Razzle Dazzle, co-written by stand-up Robin Ince, and Steve Coogan’s The Parole Officer.

He reunited with Armstrong for one-off charity gig in London celebrity hangout The Groucho Club in 2005, which reignited their partnership, and led to their prime-time BBC One show in autumn 2007.

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Comedians sign up for Great Celebrity Bake Off

...including Matt Lucas, forced to switch from presenting it

Alex Horne, Ed Gamble and Mawaan Rizwan will be taking part in this year’s Great Celebrity Bake Off, it has been announced.

As well as the three Taskmaster comedians, Matt Lucas had to switch from presenting the show to competing in it after one of the 20 stars lined up to appear pulled out at the last minute.

Matt in his Bake-Off apronHe and co-host Noel Fielding tossed a coin to see who would don the apron – and the Little Britain star lost. Lucas said: 'I was forced to bake by my bosses at the last minute when one of the bakers became unavailable. I can’t tell you how happy I was that my humiliation was caught on camera.'

When he replaced Sandi Toksvig on the show  in 2020, Lucas spoke about his limited cake-making skills, saying: ‘I’m happy to eat the cakes, but I’m not a great baker.’

Other comedy names taking part are Ben Miller, Ruby Wax, social media comic Yung Filly,  Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison and Friday Night Dinner and Toast  Of Tinseltown star Tracy-Ann Oberman.

The final celebrity bakers  are Annie Macmanus, who broadcasts as Annie Mac; broadcaster Clara Amfo; pop star Ellie Goulding; TV presenter Emma Willis; singer-songwriter Example; choirmaster  Gareth Malone; actress Katherine Kelly; TV presenter Laura Whitmore; Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah; dancer Motsi Mabuse and TV presenter Sophie Morgan.

Five episodes will air this spring as part of Channel 4’s annual  Stand Up to Cancer fund-raiser. Each one features four famous bakers, judged as usual by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

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Published: 4 Feb 2022

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Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Ben Miller's Stand-Up Science






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