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Mike Birbiglia

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Growing up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, comedian Mike Birbiglia tried many different outlets for his creativity. Poetry held his interest early on, but by his teen years he had switched to hip-hop and written a rap for the graduation ceremony of his school's anti-drug program. Going to see Steven Wright on his 16th birthday steered Birbiglia toward standup. He would be writing quirky one-liners in the Wright style all the way up to his early years of college in the Washington, D.C., area. He began working the ticket window at the D.C. Improv, and there he decided to develop his Wright-like act into something more real and biographical. After studying the work of Woody Allen and Richard Pryor, Birbiglia developed a mix of one-liners and personal stories that would instantly connect with audiences. He refined his act around D.C. before moving to New York City and taking any gig he could get. A successful night at the Comic Strip Live introduced Birbiglia to the club's general manager and talent coordinator, the late Lucien Hold, who set up a string of shows that introduced the comedian to talent scouts and helped him land a David Letterman appearance. Success snowballed from there and soon Birbiglia was touring nationally, appearing regularly on the Bob & Tom radio show with his "My Secret Public Journal" segment, and developing projects for the Comedy Central network and record label. In 2004, Dog Years became his debut album for the label. His fan base grew quickly and soon indie-style T-shirts quoting Birbiglia routines were virally spreading the word. As "Cracker, please" and "Only we can call each other Cracker" shirts were being spotted on hipsters, the comedian returned with the CD/DVD combo Two Drink Mike in early 2006. Based off his blog of the same name, My Secret Public Journal Live appeared in 2007. Birbiglia opened his first off-Broadway show, Sleepwalk with Me, the following year, and spent the rest of the decade spinning that show into different projects. An accompanying nonfiction book, Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories, appeared in 2010, followed one year later by the album Sleepwalk with Me Live. Another stage show, Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, opened that March. ~ David Jeffries
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Stations Featuring
Mike Birbiglia

    Comedy Classics

    Comedy Classics
    36 songs

Albums by
Mike Birbiglia

Top Songs by
Mike Birbiglia

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  2.   Landfill Pretzels
  3.   Sex, Tennis, And Pandas
  4.   The Old Mill Pond Story
  5.   Orange Asian Tigers
  6.   Joe Bags
  7.   Jack & Irma's Magic Phones
  8.   You'd Be Surprised
  9.   Pachoo!
  10.   Sleepy Karl
  11.   Sympathy Card
  12.   Arctic Fox It's a Setup!
  13.   The Guitar Guy at the Party
  14.   You Can't Shoot the Shooter
  15.   The Promise of Sleep
  16.   Abbie
  17.   Roger Clemens Hates Me
  18.   Catholic School Sunglasses
  19.   Porno for Parents
  20.   Dustbuster Olympics
  21.   Like Fun
  22.   Delusion
  23.   The Oatmeal Song
  24.   Celebrity Golf
  25.   I Have Wheels!
  26.   I'm Right
  27.   Strong Independant Woman
  28.   In da Club
  29.   Vet Questionnaire
  30.   A Sex Maybe
  31.   You Seem Cool
  32.   Dying and Wendy's
  33.   Laundraholic
  34.   Panda
  35.   Good Joke, Bad Joke
  36.   10 to 400 Pounds
  37.   The Argument
  38.   Online Banks
  39.   Military Brat
  40.   Ladies and Gentlemen
  41.   The Culinary Way of Describing It
  42.   Fight Club
  43.   Put It on Paper
  44.   Automobiles
  45.   Doctor
  46.   The Olive Gardener
  47.   Whatever You Are, Be a Good One
  48.   Dammit I'm Eatin' Pretzels
  49.   I'm a Bear, Etc.
  50.   Cracka
  51.   The Missile
  52.   My Brother Joe's Wedding
  53.   I'm Crazy and Gay Cats
  54.   Whiffle Ball Tony
  55.   No, But I Heard About It
  56.   Wedding Story
  57.   Two Drink Mike
  58.   There's Something in My Bladder
  59.   Don't Tell Anyone
  60.   The Hovering Jackal
  61.   Cracker Please
  62.   Way Past Lawyers
  63.   Dunkino Donutos
  64.   Alaska, Texas
  65.   Hi
  66.   What's He Doing Here?
  67.   Cattle Call Dance
  68.   Winter In Bermuda
  69.   The Scrambler
  70.   My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
  71.   Hip Hop Animosity
  72.   Thanks for Coming Song
  73.   Medium Man Song
  74.   The Accident Report
  75.   Intro
  76.   Finding a Woman
  77.   Invite Them Up
  78.   Secret Public Journal: The Old Mill Pond
  79.   Comedy Central Presents
  80.   Premium Blend
  81.   Shorties Watchin' Shorties
  82.   [Untitled Track]
  83.   Wild Life Gone Wild
  84.   Tangled Up in Blue, Or Whatever
  85.   A Shout out to My Boy, Pizza
  86.   Dammit, I'm Homeless
  87.   Asking for Directions
  88.   Introduction to the World of Secrets
  89.   Bed & Breakfast/Unitarian Church
  90.   The Bahamas Is a Really Tame Strip Club
  91.   The Bahamas Part 2: Dueling Joe Bags
  92.   Nation State-A-Hatin'
  93.   Falling in Love with Someone Who Isn't
  94.   In Memory of Mitch Hedberg
  95.   Stereotypes Are Always Sometimes True
  96.   Advice for College Freshmen
  97.   The Charity Golf Disaster
  98.   A Secret Public Year in Review
  99.   Secret Track: Guitar Guy at the Party