TJ Miller

T.J. Miller is leaving Silicon Valley after 4 seasons of playing the hilarious Erlich Bachman and he is going to be missed! HBO announced today that the show will return for a 5th season, which is exciting, but at the same time it just won’t feel the same without him. I’ve been hearing it’s because he will have a bigger role in the upcoming Deadpool sequel and he has other projects coming up. Whatever the reason is, it isn’t anyone’s business and I’m not going to gossip about it, I’m just going to support T.J. wherever he goes next. I’m going to try to not get too sappy here, but before we say goodbye to Erlich Bachman at the end of this season, I’d like to take a moment to bid him farewell and say thank you for 4 great seasons.

I first discovered Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller at a time in my life when I wasn’t in a very happy place emotionally. Months before, I lost my dog that I’d had for 13 years. I lost my father at the age of 15 and when I got that dog he made my heart fill a little more whole again, so when he took his last breath in my arms on a Thursday night, I was devastated. It felt like my heart had been ripped out all over again. For a few months, nothing could make me happy, smile or laugh. Life felt dull. I had heard of Silicon Valley but had never taken the time to watch it, and decided it was finally time to give it a shot. It sucked me in from the very beginning. I couldn’t tell you what scene it was, but watching T.J. as Erlich Bachman had me laughing again. I couldn’t believe it. For the first time in what felt like a lifetime, I was laughing again. I binged the rest of the episodes and got caught up and the laughter continued. When I like an actor, I like knowing things about them and decided to Google T.J. to see where else I could see him.  I started watching other things he’d been in and watched some of his stand up on YouTube, and this man is just such a joy to watch. His humor is contagious. He can always make me laugh when I’m feeling down. I started following he and his wife Kate on social media, and let me tell you, she is a gem as well and full of positivity. I then discovered he was going to be on an episode of Pete Holmes’ podcast You Made It Weird and had to listen. I discovered that not only is he funny, he’s extremely intelligent and spoke a lot about time and the world and thinking of things differently, and many other topics that you don’t normally hear comedians talk about. Things that make you think. I ended up finding a few other episodes he was on and gave them a listen, as well as episodes of the Nerdist podcast. In a strange way, I felt connected to him. Like even when things aren’t going right, everything would turn out ok, because it has to. Shortly after that, I saw that he has a podcast of his own with comedian Cash Levy called Cashing In With T.J. Miller. I started listening and found the two of them absolutely hilarious. I can literally say I turn into the crying while laughing emoji when I listen to an episode. After binging through those episodes I now consider myself part of the twelve and a half. If you’ve ever listened to an episode, you’ll know what I mean. I still go back and listen to old episodes when I’m having a bad day. What I’m trying to get at here is that Erlich Bachman will be greatly missed on Silicon Valley and even though he is just a character on a TV show, I want to thank him for bringing laughter back to my life when I was at a low point. Thank you for 4 wonderful seasons, Erlich Bachman, and thank you T.J. Miller for your larger than life personality and for always going to the extreme to get a joke out there. I can only hope I get to see your stand up live one day and get to shake your hand.

I can’t wait to see where T.J. goes from here. Please be sure to tune in for his HBO comedy special Meticulously Ridiculous on June 17th at 10pm. And of course tune in for the rest of the season of Silicon Valley Sunday nights on HBO, his Comedy Central show The Gorburger Show Monday’s at 12:30am, and when he returns as Weasel in the Deadpool 2 movie. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @nottjmiller and on Instagram @teenagemillionaire. I’m attaching the promo video for his HBO special below, as well as my favorite Erlich Bachman scene: BartzEntertainmentRecent PostsTV ShowsComedy,Erlich Bachman,HBO,Silicon Valley,T.J. Miller,The Gorburger Show,tj millerT.J. Miller is leaving Silicon Valley after 4 seasons of playing the hilarious Erlich Bachman and he is going to be missed! HBO announced today that the show will return for a 5th season, which is exciting, but at the same time it just won't feel the same without him. I've been...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?