Gary Mule Deer
1940, Deadwood, South Dakota
Actor Comedian musician
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Gary Mule Deer (born Gary Miller) is an American comedian and country musician. During a career spanning four decades, he has performed on every major concert stage in the country, and made over 350 television appearances, including many on both The Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman the hosts of both who he had met early in his career at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He was one of six comedians, along with Jay Leno, to star on the first HBO comedy special "Freddie Prinze and Friends", was the co-host of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert for four years on NBC, a regular on Make Me Laugh, and a frequent judge on The Gong Show. He had over 100 appearances on The Nashville Network, including the last two years as a cast member on Hee Haw. He appeared in films such as Annie Hall, Up In Smoke and Tilt. He is currently featured on the DVDs "Jeff Foxworthy's Comedy Classics" and "The World's Greatest Stand-up Comedy Collection" hosted by Norm Crosby. He also has a "Gary Mule Deer Live" CD of his comedy and music. Gary is currently one of the most played comedians on the Clean Comedy Channels of both Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.
After being a member of Epic Records' music group The Back Porch Majority, RCA Victor's The New Society, and Paramount Records' Bandanna in the 60's, he joined up in the 70's in Denver with Denny Flannigan in a comedy act called "The Muledeer and Moondog Medicine Show". They became regulars on The John Byner Comedy Hour on CBS, Burns and Shriver Comedy Hour on ABC, and Madhouse 90 With David Frost on NBC, and were frequent guests on Midnight Special and In Concert. They also traveled for 6 years performing at comedy clubs, the Playboy Clubs and the college circuit. They were Rock and Roll Comedians, opening for many acts including the Doobie Brothers, Sly and the Family Stone, The Guess Who, Boz Skaggs, etc.
Gary Mule Deer entertains regularly at casinos in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and Reno. For over 15 years, he has been touring in concert as special guest with Johnny Mathis. He performs often on the Grand Ole Opry stage. On January 10, 2009, he appeared at Carnegie Hall.
Gary was once roommates with comedian Steve Martin (see Steve's book "Born Standing Up") and Michael Johnson.
Mule Deer resides in Spearfish, South Dakota.