Mike Birbiglia ft. Michael Che
Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, actor, and writer best known for his award-winning one-man shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (2011) and Sleepwalk With Me (2008), which straddle standup comedy and theater. The New York Times called My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend “ridiculously enjoyable” and it was named a critic’s pick by The New York Times, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine. Over the past 12 years, Birbiglia has developed his own unique story-telling style in the world of standup comedy. Time Magazine calls him, "Master of the personal, embarrassing tale." The New York Times describes him as "A supremely enjoyable monologuist." And The Associated Press has called his shows, “Both laugh-out-loud funny and earnestly reflective." Mike has appeared on more than 40 network talk shows including Letterman, Kimmel, Carson Daly, Conan, Craig Ferguson, and Jimmy Fallon, and he has three Comedy Central TV Specials, including "What I Should Have Said Was Nothing." Birbiglia has released three albums with Comedy Central Records. His 2007 release, My Secret Public Journal Live, was named one of "The Best Comedy Albums of the Decade" by both The Onion and USA Today. His 2011 Comedy Central Records release, Sleepwalk with Me Live, Debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. In 2011, Mike directed and starred in the feature film adaptation of “Sleepwalk With Me,” which won the Best of NEXT Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film was acquired and distributed by IFC Films.
Critics and audiences agree, NY-based writer and standup comedian Michael Che is a star on the rise. Named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Funniest People in January 2013, his comedy uses humor to identify humanity in the most controversial actions. A native of lower Manhattan, Che applies street culture to world issues with a delivery that The New York Times describes as "a reflective, laid-back stage presence with jokes that draw as much from his city upbringing...as from blunt, insightful points that bring the abstract into focus.”
In March 2013, Che was brought on as a writer for two installments of NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live. His romantic comedy parody “She’s Got a D!%k,” starring that week’s host Justin Timberlake, was a highlight of the March 9th episode. Che appears weekly on Vh1’s Best Week Ever and was featured on John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central, Money from Strangers on MTV and as a recurring contestant on IFC's comedy game show Bunk. This year, he will be featured at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, The Moontower Comedy Festival, and Bonnaroo. In August, he will headline a month-long run of standup shows at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
On November 3rd, 2012, Che made his Late Night television debut performing standup on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. Also in 2012, he created, wrote and starred in the original web series “The Realest Candidate” on Broadway Video’s YouTube channel, The Above Average Network. Che was crowned the winner of the New York’s Funniest Stand-Up competition at the 2012 New York Comedy Festival, and both Time-Out NY and Comedy Central have listed him as one of their "Comics To Watch." He headlines comedy clubs and colleges nationally and internationally.
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