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Mike Birbiglia


Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, storyteller, director, actor and New York Times bestselling author who has performed in front of audiences worldwide. His shows, "My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend" and "Thank God for Jokes," were both filmed for Netflix. His most recent show, "The New One," ran for 99 shows at the Cort Theatre on Broadway.

In addition to performing live, Mike wrote, directed and starred in the films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. His first book, SLEEPWALK WITH ME: And Other Painfully True Stories, was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

As an actor, Mike has appeared on "Inside Amy Schumer," HBO’s "Girls" and "Broad City," as well as in films like Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars and Popstar. He played recurring roles in "Orange is the New Black" and "Billions." He is a frequent contributor to public radio’s "This American Life" and "The Moth Radio Hour," and was honored in 2017 with the Kurt Vonnegut Award for humor.

Books by Mike Birbiglia

written by Mike Birbiglia, with poems by J. Hope Stein - Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction, Parenting

In 2016, comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein took their 14-month-old daughter, Oona, to the Nantucket Film Festival. When the festival director picked them up at the airport, she asked Mike if he would perform at the storytelling night. She said, "The theme of the stories is jealousy." Jen quipped, "You're jealous of Oona. You should talk about that." And so Mike began sharing some of his darkest and funniest thoughts about the decision to have a child. Over the next couple of years, these stories evolved into a Broadway show, and the more Mike performed it, the more he heard how it resonated --- not just with parents but also with people who resist all kinds of change. So he pored over his journals, dug deeper and created this book.