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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 [...]

A Funny Thing: Cammi Climaco Can Has Cat Puke

Our story this week: cats. They are the worst. This is inarguable, timeless wisdom. As if we needed further proof (we didn't), Cammi Climaco investigates just how much of the worst (all of it) they can be when she cat-sits two purrfect examples of the spewing, defecating, life-ruining mistake we call the house cat.

Cammi Climaco, on the other hand, is lovely. A comedian, a storyteller, a sculptor, a visual/video artist par excellence, Cammi would be pleased as pie if you'd visit her and her creations at brightsunnyfutures.com. Worth your time, we guarantee it.

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A Funny Thing: Caitlin Brodnick Loses Her Mind to Lose a Few Pounds

Caitlin Brodnick thought diets were fun. Really. But then she made herself a lab rat in the cult-like laboratory of the Great American Infomercial. Cast as a "Before" in a meal-plan experiment for television, what wouldn't she sacrifice for the horrible "After"?

Caitlin is a comedian and storyteller in New York and on the internet @caitybrodnick. See her host the story show Shut Up! at the PIT in New York.

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A Funny Thing: Christian Capozzoli Takes Over the Show

Our story this week: Christian Capozzoli is your new host of A Funny Thing. Listen as he takes the reins in our first ever studio session and leads the story carriage right over a cliff of fire fog, adolescent gore, unrequited tan-lust, sun blindness, and arguably the most nightmarish family vacation ever.

Welcome home, Christian. You'll fit right in.

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A Funny Thing: Pat Baer Fights Wolves, Finds Love

Our story this week: Pat Baer, creeped out by an awkward drug party around an unfamiliar campfire, escapes into the forest along with the beautiful, straight-edge subject of his unspoken desire. But if there's one thing that history teaches us, it's this: journeys into dark forests produce narrative crisis points via confrontation with representations of the bestial self. Should have seen this one coming, Pat.

Pat Baer is an improvisor and all around great guy who has helped with the production of A Funny Thing since its very beginning. Thanks Pat! He also hosts 404ing it: Breaking Down the Internet, a surprisingly moving love song to all things online at the [...]

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 [...]

Michelle Markowitz No Longer Likes You as a Man

Our story this week: Sideburns, zoot suits, and Fred Savage, these are the three omens that signaled Michelle Markowitz's late blooming into a wonderfully awkward young woman. Actually, you know what? Instead of describing this story, I will just tell you that it contains the line "He didn't deserve my Austin Powers quote." If you're not sold now, you never will be.

Michelle Markowitz is a comedy writer and storyteller in New York. She can be seen next month at Nights of Our Lives at the UCB theater in Chelsea, and found online @michmarkowitz

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A Funny Thing: Kim Kutt is the Beauty and the Beast

Our story this week: Comedian Kim Kutt was enamored with the Spanish handsome, Gaston. But their earliest dalliances hit nothing but snags, and when Kim went the extra mile she found herself crossing some lines. Lines like the Threat of Mass Murder Line and the Stalking Outside Your House Line, amongst others. Why must we destroy what we love, Kim?

Kim Kutt is a comedian in New York. Follow her on Twitter @tablefullofcrap.

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A Funny Thing: Melanie Hamlett Nearly Seduced by South American Stilt Clown

Our story this week: Melanie Hamlett, yearning for the endless, intoxicating adventure of South America found herself couch surfing into a house full of clowns. Literal clowns. Bipolar, uncicycling clowns. Always on the lookout for a safe haven from the lecherous man-pigs of the road, Melanie thought she had found her respite from constant sexual harassment amongst those bronze boys of the circus arts. But then came a clown called Blue Angel, and everything changed.

Melanie Hamlett is a comedian, storyteller, world traveler , and two-time MOTH storyslam winner who has written for Marie Claire, Nerve.com, and her  book Leave the Lipstick, Take the IguanaYou can catch her performing in Adventures with [...]

A Funny Thing: Michael Hartney Gets a Lesson in Sketch Comedy From Rosie O'Donnell

Our story this week: Comedian Michael Hartney was a fresh-faced writer's assistant eager to get a foot in the door of the burgeoning gay and lesbian sketch comedy television industry. Instead, he got a master class on whom not to fuck with. Rosie O'Donnell, thats whom. Positive energy!

Michael Hartney is a comedian you've seen on 30 Rock and on stage at the UCB. He hosts the always funny character showcase Characters Welcome at the UCBeast, Friday, April 26th at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets. He told his story at the inimitable Oh, Hey Guys!

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Kurt Braunohler Tells the Story of His First Barfight, Which Involved Him Beating Up a DJ

Here's the latest episode of the Comedy Central storytelling web series, This Is Not Happening. In it, Kurt Braunohler retells his first and only barfight, which was basically just him beating up a bad DJ named "DJ Jazze."

A Funny Thing: Lisa Kleinman Says Come On, New York

Lisa Kleinman moved to New York for the big dreams, the bright lights, and the infinite possibilities. She ended up with a secret life, pregnant legs, and a roommate named White Shoes. It's the best things in life we never see coming.

Lisa Kleinman (@lisakleinwoman) is a storyteller at the P.I.T. in New York and an actor for the UCB Sketch titan BEIGE.

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A Funny Thing: Nick Kanellis Wets the Bedbug

Our story this week: Christian talks with Nick Kanellis about one horrible night when Nick suffered the perfect storm of bedbugs, robot vodka, human urine on an air mattress, and being cast off from the summit of Mount Olympus, home of the gods.

Nick is a comedian and improvisor whom you may see performing with Trike at the Magnet Theater in New York Saturdays at 10:30 or tweeting under the nom de net @nickkanellis.

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A Funny Thing: Brantley Brice Discovers Himself, Matt Lauer, and the Power of Men's Underwear

Our story this week: Brantley Brice didn't so much struggle with his sexuality as much as he gleefully did the breaststroke in a river of denial of it. His closet was a palace of men's underwear models and sexual aids. But the truth, much like Brendan Fraser in a golden cod-piece, will always out.

Brantley Brice is an actor and comedian in New york. Seek and ye shall find him performing with The Bats, the resident theater company of The Flea Theater, or follow him on Twitter @brantleybrice. He loves dinosaurs.

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