Bob Mills (comedian)
Robert Edward "Bob" Mills (born 30 June 1957) is a British comedian, notable for his appearances in cult television series such as In Bed with Medinner and The Show, the latter an attempt to do a non-fictional British version of The Larry Sanders Show.
Mills was born in Chester and attended Chester City Grammar School. After a very short spell training for the Merchant Navy, he quit and worked as a valet in King's Cross in London and as a Hoffman dry cleaning presser operator, driver and delivery man.
1972 Merchant navy
1973-1983 Hoffman Presser operator, driver and delivery man
After seeing Kevin Day and Eddie Zibbin (Pat Condell) at the Market Tavern in Islington in 1983, he decided to become a comedian and has been a mainstay of the British 'stand-up' circuit ever since. In 1983, Mills played a villain as Lon's Bodyguard in Doctor Who opposite Peter Davison as The Doctor and Martin Clunes as Lon. In the 1990s, Mills hosted the daytime quiz show Win, Lose or Draw on ITV and the video games programme Games World on Sky One. He is also a writer, having written the Michael Barrymore comedy Bob Martin. He created and wrote the Robson Green vehicle Christmas Lights, and the spin-off series Northern Lights. He also wrote the screenplay for the film Pierrepoint.
Bob Mills presented his own weekday programme in the 1990's on Greater London Radio from 10pm to 1am, where he would impress with his wit and dexterity. This was during the period when other comedians also had their own programmes on GLR such as Mark Lamarr and Phil Jupitus. Bob's feature of 'Veneer of the Week' was based upon his driving the North Circular road and seeing the sign on Shadbolts, the veneer sellers and their latest offering. He thought that this had to be brought to public attention. He indulged the last ten munities of his show by playing Elvis Presley.
Bob briefly presented his own television programme on ITV and despite many sterling features his notable success was his remake of the opening scene of Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner, where Mills identity is revealed at the last moment.
Mills is a well-known supporter of Leyton Orient and writes a regular column in the Leyton Orient programme. His uncle, Eric Lee, played in The Football League for Chester City. He is a cousin of Peter Lee, a former Montreal Canadiens first-round draft pick. He is also a regular pundit on BBC Radio Five Live's Fighting Talk, and was the holder of the Copa de Croix St. Simon, awarded to the annual FT Champion of Champions, having defeated Martin Kelner in the 2010 Final. This, he recently[when?] revealed, is his "most prestigious achievement in a life of anonymity." He lost the 2011 final to Tom Watt.
He is also appearing regularly every Friday on Talksport with Colin Murray between 10am - 1pm with Perry Groves.
- The Guardian Media Interview 20 Feb 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2013
- 'Bob Mills', Leyton Orient vs. Chester City matchday programme, 23 April 2005, pg. 49
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