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WILD THING

Comedian T.J. Miller may be best known 
as the one behind the video camera in J.J. Abrams’s Cloverfield, but, with any luck, you may soon get to see much more of him (he’s been cast in Mike Judge’s new comedy pilot, Silicon Valley). Until then, you’ll have to catch the Second City alum—named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch”—at Gotham Comedy Club, where he’ll be performing for two nights. The star of the hit comedy short Successful 
Alcoholics (see it on Funny or Die immediately) and the cohost of the podcast 
Cashing in With T.J. Miller on the Nerdist Network will regale with you stories on a range of his favorite subjects, such as terrible pickup lines, “creepy” everyday hand gestures, and his medical marijuana prescription.

Fri., Feb. 8, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 9, 8, 10 & 11:45 p.m., 2013

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T.J. Miller Is Main Selling Point of She’s Out of My League

This isn’t entirely without its selling points, chief among them T.J. Miller, who’s a cross between Seth Rogen and Jason Segal—paging Judd Apatow, now. Miller plays Stainer, a moptopped giant and best bud to Kirk (Jay Baruchel, an Apatow player from way back), a TSA lackey and a “hard five” who catches the eye of Molly (Alice Eve), a lawyer-turned-party-planner who’s a “hard 10” and out of Kirk’s league. Molly, burned by her hunky flyboy ex, wants safe and sweet. Stainer, burned by his own former flame, is aghast at the coupling; short on self-esteem himself, he insists it’ll never work, and it doesn’t for long stretches precisely because Kirk buys Stainer’s sincere rap—he doesn’t want his boy hurt. Stainer’s the real goofy, damaged soul of this slight comedy, directed by Jim Field Smith, who tries with modest success to blend the sticky-sweet with the plain ol’ sticky (the first time Molly grinds on Kirk, he’s a bit early on the draw—and, look, here comes the dog to lick his pants). Baruchel’s bit is the same one he’s been perfecting since he enrolled in Undeclared—puppy-dog pouty and cute and clever and good God, he’s this close to turning into Michael Cera. Miller’s the find. He’s out of this movie’s league.

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NO BARF BAG NEEDED

TJ Miller, the guy with the camcorder who plays Hud in Cloverfield and is responsible for all the jerky footage in the monster flick supposedly giving half the country epileptic fits, isn’t very apologetic. “I’m sorry,” he says, “but you should have sat farther back.” The Second City alum says that unlike the insecure Hud, he is more aggressive, especially when it comes to scoring with the ladies (“I think he should have gone for Marlena”). So what can we expect from his stand-up show? “It’s completely hysterical, and you will not get motion sickness.”

Fri., Feb. 29, 8:30 & 10:45 p.m., 2008