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Mick Miller - Royal Variety Performance success
Mick Miller - Royal Variety Performance success
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Forget new wave and alternative comedians – Poulton-based Mick Miller proved to be one of the success stories at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

Staged last week for the first time at The Lowry in Salford and attended by Princess Anne – the first time in 20 years that it hasn’t been attended by either the Queen or Prince Charles – highlights from the show will be screened on ITV tomorrow evening and Mick will be on it.

“I was actually there as a warm-up and link man so I wasn’t expecting to be seen on the edited programme,” said Mick. “But it turns out the producers enjoyed me so much they have included me in the final cut.”

Now he will be seen by millions on television alongside show host Peter Kay and the likes of showbusiness legends Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow.

“I knew I had done well but I think that I had an advantage over some of the other comedians on the bill in that the audience was more of an age that appreciates my style of humour,” said Mick.

He also thinks that his review in showbusiness newspaper The Stage helped tipped the balance in his favour. It read: “Veteran Mick Miller proved he could out pun Tim Vine with a beautifully honed set, rich in one liners.”

Said Mick: “I’m looking forward to seeing how much of me they have left in the show. It’s quite something being “discovered” at this stage of my career!”

n The Royal Variety Performance, ITV1, tomorrow from 7.30pm.