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Mike Birbiglia

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

  1.   Song
  2.   The Old Mill Pond Story
  3.   Landfill Pretzels
  4.   Orange Asian Tigers
  5.   Joe Bags
  6.   Pachoo!
  7.   You'd Be Surprised
  8.   Sympathy Card
  9.   Jack & Irma's Magic Phones
  10.   Sleepy Karl
  11.   Arctic Fox It's a Setup!
  12.   You Can't Shoot the Shooter
  13.   Like Fun
  14.   Sex, Tennis, And Pandas
  15.   Porno for Parents
  16.   The Oatmeal Song
  17.   Delusion
  18.   Abbie
  19.   Dustbuster Olympics
  20.   Catholic School Sunglasses
  21.   I'm Crazy and Gay Cats
  22.   Cracka
  23.   Two Drink Mike
  24.   Whiffle Ball Tony
  25.   No, But I Heard About It
  26.   Dammit I'm Eatin' Pretzels
  27.   Celebrity Golf
  28.   Whatever You Are, Be a Good One
  29.   The Guitar Guy at the Party
  30.   Panda
  31.   I Have Wheels!
  32.   Strong Independant Woman
  33.   You Seem Cool
  34.   The Argument
  35.   The Culinary Way of Describing It
  36.   Military Brat
  37.   Dying and Wendy's
  38.   Online Banks
  39.   Good Joke, Bad Joke
  40.   A Sex Maybe
  41.   Vet Questionnaire
  42.   Laundraholic
  43.   In da Club
  44.   Ladies and Gentlemen
  45.   Fight Club
  46.   Put It on Paper
  47.   The Promise of Sleep
  48.   Roger Clemens Hates Me
  49.   The Missile
  50.   Don't Tell Anyone
  51.   I'm a Bear, Etc.
  52.   My Brother Joe's Wedding
  53.   Wedding Story
  54.   There's Something in My Bladder
  55.   I'm Right
  56.   Hi
  57.   Alaska, Texas
  58.   Way Past Lawyers
  59.   What's He Doing Here?
  60.   Dunkino Donutos
  61.   Cracker Please
  62.   10 to 400 Pounds
  63.   The Scrambler
  64.   My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
  65.   Cattle Call Dance
  66.   Winter In Bermuda
  67.   Automobiles
  68.   Doctor
  69.   The Olive Gardener
  70.   Thanks for Coming Song
  71.   The Hovering Jackal
  72.   Hip Hop Animosity
  73.   Finding a Woman
  74.   The Accident Report
  75.   Intro
  76.   Medium Man Song
  77.   Secret Public Journal: The Old Mill Pond
  78.   Invite Them Up
  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