The Strange ObserverInterview by Becky Fritter
By nature of the beast and by his own admissions, Mike Birbiglia does not fill the mold of stereotypical class clown. Far from a gregarious powerhouse of wild humor, the manner in which the slightly reserved comic delivers a line is less focused on drawing a short unison laugh from the crowd; rather, he weaves the line into a string of strange and dreamy observations about the world that leave his audience not only rolling on the floor but highly engaged.
In addition to a few Comedy Central specials, numerous comedy festivals and regular reading excerpts from his blog (My Secret Public Journal) on The Bob and Tom Show and other radio programs, Mike boasts on his résumé late show appearances for both Conan O’ Brien and David Letterman and his newest project: a self-exposing one-man Broadway show co-produced by Nathan Lane entitled Sleepwalk With Me. read more »
From The State to StellaInterview by Manuel Garcia
The air in the night sent a tingling sensation through my spine, with the hairs on my arms and legs standing straight up like obedient soldiers. An hour before the show, I heard the car engine of my friend thumping as the car swerved through downtown streets the size of anorexic tunnels. We parked next to a dumpster and handed a stranger a five dollar bill, hoping he was authentic and not just some bum trying to score some drug money. There was a small line of fifteen people outside of the venue. Is this it? In front of us, there was a dad with his baseball cap tilted up towards the sky and his two children by his side, probably fourteen or fifteen years old. We can't be in the right place, who on earth would bring their teenage sons to a comedy show like this? We asked the dad with the red polo if this line was for the Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter show, he assured us that it was, but not after telling a joke that I found myself forced to laugh at. read more »