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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 Did Standup and Bombed in Front of the Muppets

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:

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.

Finding the Humor in Cancer

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 Want to Have a Pizza Party with You

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.

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.

Watch Ira Glass Interview Shelby Fero as Mike Birbiglia

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.