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 [...]
Comedian and Sleepwalk with Me writer/director Mike Birbiglia appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and told a story about bombing onstage in front of the Muppets and being heckled by Statler and Waldorf, which must difficult because they're the most famous and successful hecklers ever.
Hit the jump for the second half of the interview, which features Birbiglia's story about parasitic mice:
Look, I'm no eating chicken salad sandwiches expert, but unless they caught him during his first bite, he probably could've knocked out that sammy during that back and forth. Also, I'm no nut allergy expert, but being able to be killed by nut particles in the air must be terrifying. Not because you could die at any moment but because if you did die, it would look really silly. You'd be just hanging out and talking and then you'd start choking on nothing, as if Darth Vader was mad at you or if there was some sort of b-movie death cloud. Sounds like something Mike would dream in his [...]
I like the idea of that cop watching Fallon and screaming to his wife in the other room, "Hey Angie, it's the guy from the photo. I told you I had an eye for talent. I'm moving to Hollywood, Angie, to produce movies. The first one is going to be about a cop who becomes a big shot Hollywood producer. It's called 'Private Eye (for Talent)!' Maybe I can get this Mike Birbagabooga fella to play me– I mean, this fictional handsome cop producer. Anyway, you comin' with?" In response, Angie: "Sure, Harvey Weinstein." And that's how it all started.
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.
Welcome to our new series Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ — sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair — and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and love have dealt with it.
Cancer is the disease that perpetually reminds us that we are all a bunch of vulnerable, fleshy meat sacks, and that everything we touch, eat, breathe or spend too much time standing near is eventually going to kill us. It affects millions of people every year. A late diagnosis is effectively a death sentence, and the variety show of pain it has provided humanity [...]
Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass's new movie Sleepwalk with Me has been playing at select theaters throughout the country for a few weeks now, and it's now available via Video on Demand. To celebrate the VOD release and build up some hype, Birbiglia and Glass made the above video to encourage fans to hold pizza parties to watch the movie and to announce that they'll be video-chatting with as many of these pizza parties as possible this Friday. To register your pizza party head over to This American Life's website for your chance to eat pizza and chat with a couple of Hollywood big shots.
Great acting, Lutz! Sorry you're typecast as a hotel front desk person. Have you seen Sleepwalk with Me yet? Is it just 90 minutes of comedians watching other movies and resting their heads on each other's shoulders. If so, two tickets, please. If not, only one ticket, please.
With his first feature coming out this Friday, Mike Birbiglia is already working on his follow-up. Like Sleepwalk With Me, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is based on a one-man show of Mike's. (It's on tour this fall.) As Mike described it to Indiewire: "It's about how I basically decided to get married without believing in the idea of marriage…It's about giving up on the idea of being right on things." Even though the show My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is autobiographical, the film will not be, or at least it won't be completely. Most notably, the lead character is not a comedian but a journalist, which is a slight yet significant shift. [...]
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.
Twitter sensation Shelby Fero was assigned to interview Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass about their movie Sleepwalk with Me, and she decided to do it in character as Mike Birbiglia – a dark demented version of Mike Birbiglia, that is – with Ira Glass asking interviewing her as Shelby Fero. It's a lot of fun.
Those teenage years, they're rough. That's why I like Rookie's Ask a Grown Man feature, as it lets those poor, confused teenagers get advice from grown ups they respect a lot more than their stupid parents, who totally don't understand them. The latest entry in the series features Mike Birbiglia giving some pretty solid advice on subjects such as kissing, sexist jokes, and broken hearts, and somewhat less solid advice on high-waisted jeans. Just have him stick to the subject of human connections and avoid fashion and you'll be fine, teenage girls.
Sleepwalk With Me ran awake this weekend. On just one screen it earned $65,000. This had a lot to do with Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia vowing to be at every single showing. Either way it worked exactly as planned. Better yet, its $65,000 per-screen average trounced The Avengers $47,698 opening average. In you face, Joss Whedon. Your movie lost to the movie you jokingly protested as a way of promoting the work of your friends. I bet you're going to have trouble sleeping on the pile of residual checks you've received from the $1.5 billion your movie made. (P.S. You should probs deposit those checks.) [...]
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