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 [...]
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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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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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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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 [...]