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The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.

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What’s on TV This Week: Loads of Comedians on Late Night

This week Chris Pratt takes to the late night circuit to promote Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens on Friday — he'll be appearing on both The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Comedians Josh Wolf and Ron Funches, who frequent the Round Table on Chelsea Lately, will also be on late night this week. Other comedians to watch this week on late night include Scott Aukerman, Mike Birbiglia, Michelle Wolf, Aubrey Plaza, Paula Pell, Dana Carvey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Martin Lawrence.

Check out the week’s full comedy listings below:

11 Uniquely Brilliant Standup Specials of 2013

As with most years, 2013 saw an overwhelming amount of excellent standup, far too much to ever catalogue. But the greatest specials of the year were unique and inventive; many played with the very idea of a special itself, while others featured profoundly personal stories spun into brilliant standup. What they share is their distinctness — each of these comics has made a special that captures their own undeniable form of genius. Here are the most distinctive, memorable standup specials of 2013.

Talking to Mike Birbiglia About Performing 'My Girlfriend's Boyfriend' For the Last Time and Adapting it For Film

After 13 years in comedy, Mike Birbiglia has reached his ultimate goal. This coming Sunday, he'll culminate his 70-city tour of My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend on the apotheosized stage of Carnegie Hall. His story goes that shortly after moving to New York City in 2000, he saw Jon Stewart play the venue, laughed his ass off, and decided that he would be on that stage some day too. Now after countless ups and downs in his life and thousands of comedy shows under his belt, Birbiglia has made it to one of the most highly regarded theaters in the world. I caught up with Mike to hear about why he’s [...]

Mike Birbiglia Talks About the Time He Met Boy George

Mike Birbiglia went on Jimmy Fallon last night and told this story about meeting Boy George and getting goaded into doing a joke about Boy George for Boy George, who was pretty supportive and nice despite it not being a great joke.

Mike Birbiglia Is Coming to 'Orange Is the New Black'

Standup Mike Birbiglia just got a big TV role. THR reports that Birbiglia has signed on to appear in a recurring role on Orange Is the New Black's upcoming third season. Details on Birbiglia's role are being kept under wraps, though series creator Jenji Kohan recently said in an interview that the new season will revolve around "faith, to a certain extent."

Orange Is the New Black one of many new projects for Birbiglia, including a standup tour as well as film roles in The Fault in Our Stars, Annie, Don't Mess with Texas, Digging for Fire, and Judd Apatow's Trainwreck. For more on Birbiglia, check out [...]

Mike Birbiglia and the Importance and Power of Jokes

Mike Birbiglia has a very unique ability: the ability to tell any story, like the story of jumping out of a hotel window in Walla Walla, Washington, and make it relatable. To a certain extent, this is one of the primary goals of standup comedy. Although Birbiglia saw great success in the traditional standup circuit early in his career, he didn’t feel that he had produced an act that was true to his own form. So, after appearing on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend at age 23, Letterman at 24, producing a Comedy Central Presents special at 26, and his album Two Drink Mike at 28, he opened a one-man show [...]

Talking to Mike Birbiglia About Retiring 'My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend' and What's Next for Him

Mike Birbiglia isn't in love with standup comedy, and he's not exactly hot on the one-man show either. The workman-like storyteller says he's more interested in blending his favorite aspects of the two, as in his latest standup special My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, which came out on DVD, Amazon, and iTunes this week. In the show, Birbiglia offers his skeptical views on marriage as a through line to a series of stories on his own mortification and frustration in relationships, each executed with his self-deprecating wit and a surprising strain of earnestness.

I talked recently with Birbiglia about ending his 70-city tour of the show, the personal reactions of fans, and his desire to [...]

Mike Birbiglia Is Playing Carnegie Hall

Comedian Mike Birbiglia announced on his website today that he's playing the prestigious concert venue Carnegie Hall this summer. Here's a bit from Birbiglia's announcement:

"The one in New York that’s so famous and you’re still Mike Birbiglia, right?"

"Yes."

"Are you sure there’s not another tiny Carnegie Hall?"

"I’m sure."

Referring to it as the "biggest announcement I've ever made," Birbiglia explains that his June 2nd Carnegie Hall gig will be the final performance of his one-man show My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, which he's currently adapting into a movie. Tickets are on sale now. Ira Glass and the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will be the opening act, so [...]

You Had To Be There #100: Mike Birbiglia

This week, Sara and Nikki just barely evade the censors and then react to Nikki's illicit half hour special gifts. To celebrate their first triple-digit episode, the ladies entertain one of their biggest guests yet: Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs). In Sara's humble office, the trio kick around some themes Mike covered in his recent movie Sleepwalk with Me, like crazy dreams and on-stage stress. Later, they get to some he left out too, like the isolation of marriage and the optimism of cell division. Plus Kanye. They really cover it all. Talking Pee this week singles out The Ben Show, that new Baumbach movie, a [...]

Mike Birbiglia Insists He's Not a Creep on 'Tonight Show'

On last night's Tonight Show, standup Mike Birbiglia told a story about the time a pretty girl boarded the Brooklyn bus he was on and changed everything, despite how much he tried not to be creepy. Click through for Birbiglia's "My Summer Job" segment, in which he looks back on his days as a busboy in Cape Cod.

Mike Birbiglia Tells Seth Meyers About His 100-City Tour

James Van Der Beek lookalike-wannabe Mike Birbiglia paid a visit to Late Night last night, where he talked with Meyers about meeting James Van Der Beek (who did not agree that they looked alike) and traveling for his current 100-city tour, which has brought out his disdain for the orange exclamation mark warning in his rental car. He may not be able to pass for The Beek, but he's definitely got the Damon/O'Reilly look down.

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Mike Birbiglia Chills With Todd Barry, Writers Discuss the 'Anti-Sitcom' & More

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

The Todd Barry Podcast - Mike Birbiglia

ROB: Sometimes you just [...]

Mike Birbiglia Shares His "Worst I Ever Bombed" Story

Here's the second episode of "Worst I Ever Bombed," a new web series from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in which a different comedian shares their most awful comedy performance story each episode. SNL's Cecily Strong did the first installment, and this time around, the guest is stand-up Mike Birbiglia, who shares the story of a gig at a charity golf tournament gone wrong. Birbiglia also told this story on his 2007 album My Secret Public Journal Live, but it feels much more intense with him whispering it straight into a camera in a hushed voice in a hallway.