Larry Miller’s The Secret of Skiing

Larry MillerWhen I was a teen, there was some comedy competition that ran on HBO or something. It was first done regionally. And then the winners of each regional one met. As I recall, Eddie Murphy won. Now I think Murphy is one of the best comedic actors ever. But I never thought much of him as a stand-up comic. It just doesn’t play to his skills. But in that competition, I discovered the comedian Larry Miller. He was interesting in one particular way: he was the only comedian who did a different routine in the final than he had done in the region — an indication of his greatness.

One of the routines he did was “The Secret of Skiing.” It was about 8 minutes long. But I found a version online that is 35 minutes long. I don’t know if the routine has grown over the years or if he just whittled it down to 8 minute for the competition. It doesn’t matter. It’s magnificent. He’s really an old style comedian. He reminds me of Shelley Berman, although I think Larry Miller is actually more talented.

You owe it to yourself to listen to this. After all these years, I laughed myself silly. Of course, my opinion of skiing is pretty much the same as his — and the goat’s (listen and you’ll know what I’m talking about).

5 replies on “Larry Miller’s The Secret of Skiing”

  1. Steve says:

    Larry Miller is amazing! I’ve been a fan of his for years. That skiing bit is great. If you like that, be sure to search You Tube for his “Five Stages of Drinking” bit which is hysterical.

    • James Fillmore says:

      That’s the one I always think of when I think of him. I’ll watch it now, thanks!

    • Frank Moraes says:

      Yeah, I know that routine well. I’m with you. He’s brilliant. I’ve been a fan for about 35 years.

  2. Stuart Schiffman says:

    I just wish I could find it with video.

    • Frank Moraes says:

      So do I! Of course, with Miller, the comedy is most with his voice, so it isn’t as bad as it could be!

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