432 - Mike Birbiglia

We finally got him! Mike Birbiglia arrives in Edinburgh for the first time this August with his smash hit new stand-up/story show “The Old Man And The Pool” and shows us why he's 'Broadway’s greatest comic storyteller' (Deadline).

We talk about the minutiae of his creative process, from the rhythms of his jokes and his deft use of implication, to the glue between bits, and a walkthrough of his “process guy” process, and find out why he’s only beholden to the owner of the circus…

30 unmissable mins of extras available exclusively to the Insiders Club include a fascinating study of the application of Jimmy Carr’s brain to a Mike Birbiglia bit; the codification of the language in his shows; how to chisel away the possibilities that aren’t part of this particular statue; and how to get the best feedback out of Daniel Kitson.

Go to www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders for ad-free episodes, extra content from every show that has it, and much more - including exclusive Insiders Q&As plus the incredible “self-help for comedians” special with Amanda Donnet.


Catch up with Mike:

DO NOT MISS Mike’s incredible new show “The Old Man And The Pool”

Aug 22-27 Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Sept 12 - Oct 7 at The Wyndham’s Theatre, London


IG/TW: @birbigs

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