A Night With Mike Birbiglia

By: Connor Lenahan

Last night I got to see my favorite stand-up comedian alive, Mike Birbiglia, at the Wilbur Theater in Boston. He killed. He is one of the most genuinely hilarious comedians I’ve ever heard. He doesn’t have to try very hard, he is naturally funny. This is most likely a byproduct of his adorable awkwardness. I relate to Mike Birbiglia in as much as I understand the uncomfortable situations one can be placed into in life. His show always revolves around weird things that happen in his life. Last night was terrific as usual, even pushing me to tears at one point when describing a Muppets related error. That wasn’t a typo. In an effort not to spoil the show I’ll not reveal the joke as I assume it will be on an album release soon. I can promise you that the story is truly that funny (and available online with a simple search of “Mike Birbiglia Muppets” if you are curious). So I was elated to see Birbiglia last night and even happier to end up gasping for air due to laughter. He ended the show with the joke embedded above which is one of the funniest stories I’ve ever heard. It’s more than worth your almost seven minutes of it’s run time. Even if you’re not a baseball fan you will laugh.

It’s tough to describe a comedian and not overuse the word “funny” if you love them as much as I love Mike. But they truth is that’s really how to convey their talent. You can wax poetic about their showmanship or stage presence but their act falls back to the central question: is it funny? Every album I have ever heard from Mike Birbiglia is hilarious and has been replayed either in my house or my car enough times that I’ve lost track of the exact play count. I highly encourage you to check out his albums on iTunes and to watch the excellent movie adaptation of his one man show Sleepwalk With Me on Netflix. It’s not just a filmed performance of a stand-up show, it’s an actual movie. One of my favorites from the last few years too.

All in all, I love Mike Birbiglia, awkwardness and all, and I’m glad I finally got to spend a night with him at the Wilbur Theater. Here’s hoping I get a second night sometime soon.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Connorlenahan.com. He is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be emailed at lenahan@bu.edu

Watch Mike’s stand-up special What I Should Have Said Was Nothing containing the story up top in it’s entirety, click the link here.