Kate Erbland. But I can only accept myself and know that I grow and change. That does mean some tough choices, however, especially when it comes to considering other people who might have made mistakes in the past and are working to correct them.
In Mike Birbiglia was just another comedian making the rounds throughout the New York clubs. In he began workshopping a one-man show called Sleepwalk With Meand everything changed. The live version, book and film having cemented him as an NPR darling and the most lauded storyteller in the industry, follow-up My Girlfriend's Boyfriend delved a bit deeper into his emotional hang-ups, but threatened to brand him as a standup lured permanently into the world of theater. Thirty dates into his city Thank God for Jokes tour, the Birbiglia of has reemerged swinging.
There is a commonly held stereotype about comedians — they learned to be funny in high school as a way to stand out and gain attention — every comedian started as a class clown. Mike Birbiglia, who performed to a packed Jesse Auditorium last Friday made it clear this idea is a misconception. As a result, the focus of the majority of Birbiglia's work is not the shortcomings of others, but rather of himself.
Though comedy is wonderful, attempting to explain it can be deadly dull. That can be either an intellectual or practical process, as Mike Birbiglia notes. They range from lateness — be on time, or else — to childhood in a church to a particularly untoward episode with the Muppets.
This fall season presents many opportunities to refresh your aesthetic palette. We could all use a vacation from humdrum routine. Theater that breaks the rules or brings together the incongruous has the potential to awaken us from those habits of perception that deaden us to experience.
Now, his latest show, The New Oneis running on Broadway. Mike describes how he identifies moments from his life that become his jokes, how to align with an audience, and the inherent error that has to exist in a piece of art. In the Season 6 finale of Good One, we finally deconstruct the legendary joke "The Aristocrats" with the help of its most infamous teller, Gilbert ….
I knew I enjoyed the ensemble improv comedy-drama but at the same time I wasn't over the moon about it, either. But the more I kept thinking about the film the more nuances I found myself wanting to explore and discuss, little pieces here and there capturing my attention in ways I didn't immediately notice. It's the kind of movie you almost can't help but fall in love with; just don't expect to do so instantaneously.