Mike Birbiglia

I love the troops, because if they weren’t the troops, then I would be the troops. And I would be the worst troops.
— Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia was born on June 20, 1978 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He started writing jokes at the age of 16, inspired by comedian Steven Wright. After graduating from St. Mark’s School in 1996 he attended Georgetown University where he began performing with the Georgetown Players Improv Troupe and slowly began getting spots at The Improv in Washington D.C., all while working as a server. After graduating college in 2000, he moved to New York City to further pursue his comedy career.

Within two years of the move, he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. Since then, Birbiglia has released 8 comedy albums, with his 2011 “Sleepwalk with Me Live” debuting at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Charts. In addition to a very successful stand-up, Birbiglia is a talented actor and filmmaker, having written, directed and starred in two movies of his own "Sleepwalk with Me" and "Don't Think Twice".

This week on Kaizen Komedy, the trio looks into Birbiglia’s evolution from the standard joke teller, that can be heard on his first few albums, to the long form writer that sets his most recent specials apart from his peers. Birbiglia has developed a unique monologue-esque approach, allowing him to take the audience on a journey of ups and downs that follow a fluid story arc, ending with a satisfying resolve. Some of the bits we analyzed: Two drink Mike (Two Drink Mike 2006), Cattle Call Dance (My Girlfriend's Boyfriend 2013), The scrambler (My Girlfriend's Boyfriend 2013).

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