Stephanie Miller Wiki
Stephanie Miller is an American political commentator, comedian and host of The Stephanie Miller Show. It is a liberal talk radio program produced in Los Angeles, California by WYD Media Management.
It is syndicated nationally by Westwood One. In 2017, Talkers Magazine ranked her the 23rd most important radio talk show host in America. Miller has leveraged her talk show via various platforms including online, as well as via her Sexy Liberal Tour live comedy show.
Stephanie Miller Age
Stephanie was born on September 29, 1961.
Stephanie Millers Net Worth
The American comedian has a net worth of $2 million dollars.
Stephanie Miller Personal Life
Miller lives in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles with her Great Pyrenees, Fred and Jamie. She has never been married and has no children, and often jokingly refers to herself as “a childless loser”. In the 1990s, she had celebrity dates with parody songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic and Barry Williams of Greg Brady fame.
While she had been open about her sexuality with family and friends for many years, in 2010 in the midst of the furor over gay marriage and Proposition 8 in California, she decided to publicly announce that she is a lesbian. On her August 13, 2010, radio show, Miller said, “I’ve reached my personal tipping point to say I am a gay woman.”
She then movingly shared details about her private life and personal journey in deciding to publicly disclose that she is gay. Miller credited country singer Chely Wright with helping her in coming out. Commenting in an interview with the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News on her decision, Miller said, “I realized that I can’t authentically talk to [my listeners] about these issues anymore without walking in my truth.
I can’t just stand on the sidelines as an unbiased observer.” After Miller came out as gay, she recorded a video for the It Gets Better Project, whose mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth that it gets better. In the video she discussed how she had lost 15 years of closeness with her family because she mistakenly thought they wouldn’t accept her as gay.
The day after Miller came out, at a town hall in Seattle, Washington, a 16-year-old girl and her family came up to Miller “and they were all crying. They thanked me and told me I had given their daughter the courage to come out today. We all hugged and cried. And I told the young girl that it’s going to be okay now; you’re going to have a good life.”
Miller has been public about having plastic surgery, stating “As it turns out, you can fool Mother Nature!! She’s not that bright.” Miller’s plastic surgery includes a short-scar lift, a forehead lift, under-eye peels, a permanent nose job, and lip and eye lining.
Stephanie Miller Early Life
Miller was born in Washington, D.C.. She is the daughter of Stephanie (Wagner) and former U.S. Representative William E. Miller, who was Barry Goldwater’s running mate in the 1964 presidential election and a Chairman of the Republican National Committee. After her father left the United States Congress when Miller was 3 years old, her family moved to upstate New York and she grew up on Willow Street in Lockport, New York.
She is the youngest of 4 children. Her two older sisters, Libby and Mary, are almost 20 years older than her. Her brother Bill is just 2 1/2 years older. Her brother ran twice for the United States House of Representatives from upstate New York, in 1992 and 1994, but lost both times. Miller’s first efforts at comedy were in high school, performing in a sketch, “Torn Between Two Lovers,” requiring a specially-sewn dress with panels that boys ripped open every time a chorus of the song was heard.
Recalling the performance, Miller says, “I got my first laugh, and that was it. It’s like a drug. It’s always been my only drug.”. After completing her secondary education in private Catholic schools, graduating from DeSales High School in Lockport in 1979, Miller attended the University of Southern California, earning a degree in theatre. Her original plan after college “was to be Carol Burnett” with a career in television.
On September 29, 2015, Burnett called Miller on her radio show to wish her happy birthday. On the phone, Miller told Burnett she always wanted to be her, “but it didn’t work out. She made me cry when she said I shouldn’t be Carol Burnett because there’s only one Stephanie Miller and nobody does what I do. I was bawling.”
Stephanie Miller Acting Career
Miller’s first job after graduation from college was at the Laugh Factory, the legendary Hollywood comedy club, working for club owner Jamie Masada, answering phones, putting names on the marquee, cocktail waitressing and other tasks, while also performing stand-up at the club. When Miller moved back to upstate New York a few years later, she worked at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club in Buffalo, living in a $125 per month apartment over a pizza parlor near the club.
While working in radio in the 1980s and 1990s, she also performed at many comedy clubs around New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She appeared twice on A & E’s An Evening at the Improv, on the A&E TV Network, on August 5, 1988 and March 3, 1989. She was also the first comedian to perform when the Chicago Improv club opened. In addition, she performed a one-woman Off-Broadway show while living in New York City in the early 1990s.
Miller also performed at the Laugh Factory when she moved back to Los Angeles from New York City in 2003. Miller says she has a talk with her late father every time she is about to face an audience.
Miller initially set out to be an actress, and for many years had hoped to star in her own sitcom, and also expressed interest in doing film. Early in her career, Miller had several small acting jobs, such as appearing as a nun in the 1984 TV movie Shattered Vows and a brief appearance as a nurse on General Hospital. After gaining prominence as a radio and TV host.
She had roles where she essentially played herself, as in the movie View from the Top and an episode of the TV series Diagnosis: Murder. Her most significant acting role was in the 1997 comedy film Just Write. During the late 1990s Miller also explored doing a television sitcom with producer Barry Kemp, who cast her in a pilot for ABC.
Stephanie Miller Radio and TV Career
Early radio career
Miller did not plan a career in radio, As she has noted, “I always say radio was an accident until they started paying me a lot of money and then it wasn’t an accident anymore.” Miller began her radio career after her father’s death in 1983, when she returned to Lockport from California. Her first radio experience was delivering humorous bits on Sandy Beach’s morning show on Hot 104 WNYS in Buffalo, New York, which included doing impressions of Katharine Hepburn.
She then took an on-air job at radio station WLVL in Lockport, where she went from evenings to afternoon drive to mornings in three months. She then sent a tape to Brother Wease (Alan Levin), the morning drive host at WCMF in Rochester, New York. Levin “hired her as soon as I heard her tape.” and in 1985 she went to WCMF to work as “Sister Sleaze” on the Brother Wease Show.
Speaking about Miller, Levin has been very complimentary, noting “She’s very manic, very bright, very funny and creative.” While working with Miller, in reply to friends asking Levin “how come you give that girl so much mike?” he responded: “Because she’s phenomenal. Don’t try and compete; let people fly. I let her fly and we had a ball.”
After Rochester, Miller progressed to larger markets, as morning co-host at radio station WCKG in Chicago with John Howell from early 1988 to October 1989 and as morning co-host with Howard Hoffman at Hot 97 WQHT in New York City for three years until 1993. In 1993, Miller headed back to Los Angeles to develop a sitcom for Warner Brothers that never materialized.
Instead, in 1994 she began her talk radio career when was hired by talk station KFI in Los Angeles, initially for her own weekend show which quickly became a weeknight radio show where Miller achieved high ratings. During the show, as she had on her earlier stations in Rochester and New York City, Miller would sometimes call her mother (also named Stephanie) in upstate New York on the phone and her mother would also co-host when she came to visit in-person.
Miller’s mother would later do the same on her radio show at KABC. On her show on KFI, Miller began to incorporate political talk. “It was the first time I had done talk radio, and I was like, ‘Oh, you mean just me talk, with no music?'” she recalls. “I was like, blah, blah, blah. Oh, I still have 10 minutes left. That’s when I guess I started to get political, and I started to realize more of my liberal leanings.”
She states that her turning point in terms of being outspoken about politics came in August 1992, when she heard Pat Buchanan’s gay-bashing “culture wars” speech at the Republican Convention. “It was just so mean. It changed everything for me.”
Television talk show
In the autumn of 1995, Miller became one of the few women to host her own late night television talk show, The Stephanie Miller Show, syndicated by Buena Vista Television. Unlike other late night television talk shows, the show had no band, no desk, a studio audience with nightclub-style seating instead of theatre-style seating, conversations with the audience via video phone and pre-taped sketches starring Miller as real-life characters.
Anne Beatts, formerly a writer on Saturday Night Live, was Executive Producer and a writer for the show. Beatts enjoyed working on the show with Miller, and liked the immediacy of a daily talk show. However, in December 1995, the show was cancelled after only 13 weeks. Danny Bonaduce filled in for Miller the last week the show was on the air.
Reflecting on the experience a few years later for an article in The Buffalo News, Miller said, “I think 13 weeks is a pretty tough shot for any unknown in late night. I felt like my dad must have felt in the 1964 campaign: ‘I have no shot in hell, but I’ll just give it a try.”.
Comedian and voice actor Carlos Alazraqui, who later worked with Miller on her KABC radio show and is now a regular guest on her current radio program (Coffee with Carlos), was part of the Irregular Regulars sketch comedy group on Miller’s television show.
Return to radio
Stating that “After a year in the Federal Talk Show Relocation Program, I decided to come home to radio,”, Miller returned to Los Angeles radio in June 1997, first doing afternoons at KTZN (“The Zone”) and then moving to evenings at KABC. It was during this period that she first began working with Chris Lavoie, who would later be her long-time Executive Producer on her current syndicated radio show which began in 2004.
Impressionist Jim Ward, who is on Miller’s current radio show, also was with her on KABC., along with Carlos Alazraqui. The show was syndicated in September 1998 on approximately 20 stations. KABC canceled Miller’s show in March 2000. The show continued in syndication on other stations for another week, but was then canceled completely. According to Miller, the firing from KABC was for the “somewhat racy content of my show” and for being “too liberal”.
Along with her radio show, in 1997 for approximately a year, Miller began co-hosting the CNBC television show Equal Time, as the liberal counterpoint to conservative Bay Buchanan. She later said that she didn’t enjoy her time on Equal Time “very much” and that Buchanan would only talk to her when the camera was on. She left Equal Time in 1998 to become the original host and a writer for the Fox Family channel program Show Me the Funny, until 1999.
In February 2000, shortly before her departure from KABC, Miller began hosting the Oxygen Channel’s revival of the game show I’ve Got a Secret. After her radio show on the ABC Radio Today network ended, Miller moved back to the New York City area and worked for the Oxygen Channel. In addition to hosting the revival of I’ve Got a Secret, which ran for 120 episodes until 2001, she also co-hosted with May Lee, Oxygen’s weekday 30-minute TV magazine show, Pure Oxygen, from 2000 to 2002.
According to May Lee, she and Miller “made a pretty good team – she as the funny, goofy half; me as the serious, sophisticated other half. We worked well together and understood our respective roles on the show.”
TV and radio hosting: 2003 and later
After leaving Oxygen, Miller returned to Los Angeles in 2003, and shopped a pilot that she co-produced, which she described as a cross between The Carol Burnett Show and Politically Incorrect. The pilot was not picked up. From 2004 to 2005, Miller also served as a frequent panelist on the PAX TV game show Balderdash, which was hosted by Miller’s friend Elayne Boosler.
In 2004, Miller was initially offered the original morning show at Air America, but the offer was withdrawn, and the slot was taken by Morning Sedition, with Marc Maron, Mark Riley, and Sue Ellicott. In 2006, CNN discussed with Miller the possibility of a television show, however the show was never developed.
Current radio show
In September 2004, The Stephanie Miller Show was launched by Democracy Radio and WYD Media Management. Miller’s show’s audience has grown to approximately 6 million weekly listeners in 2017. She has been ranked #2 in Los Angeles right behind The Rush Limbaugh Show. In 2017, Talkers Magazine ranked her the 23rd most important radio talk show host in America.
The 2014 Talkers Heavy Hundred list ranked Stephanie Miller as the 22nd most important radio talk show host as well as the #3 radio talk host in the LGBT category in the United States market. In 2011, Miller won the Talkers Magazine Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Talk Radio by a Woman.
Since 2010, TV and video simulcasts of The Stephanie Miller Show have been broadcast through numerous outlets, including Ustream from 2010-2013, Current TV from 2012-2013 and Free Speech TV from 2014-now.