When T.J. Miller became the umpteenth comedic performer to leave Chicago for the big time out in L.A. in the mid ’00s, his future seemed bright: He was starring in the Bruce McCulloch-created sitcom Carpoolers and had a role in the 2008 Matt Reeves/J.J. Abrams blockbuster Cloverfield. While the writers’ strike effectively ended Carpoolers, Miller has since found consistent work on the big screen. In the past couple years, his career took a strangely family-friendly turn with roles in the Jack Black Gulliver’s Travels adaptation and Yogi Bear, a job Miller landed after sending Warner Bros. an audition tape filmed with a live bear. Kids’ movies aside, he’s a comedian with considerable training, an elastic face, and a highbrow take on frat-boy humor.