Stand-up comedian and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia had a major breakthrough in 2012 when his film Sleepwalk With Me became a critical smash, and he followed that up with the award-winning one-man show My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (which you can stream on Netflix and will be available on CD, DVD, and iTunes on November 26). In 2014, he’s heading back out on the road again, this time on a multi-city trek he’s dubbing Thank God for Jokes.
“This is honestly the most excited I’ve been to go on tour my whole career,” Birbiglia told EW. “Well, partly because I can afford gas now and I know that my car will arrive at the venue. (Not even kidding, that’s part of it.) But also I have an hour of new material that’s not in my book or my new special or my movie or even on This American Life.”
The new tour is the result of hours of toiling in his hometown. “It’s just all fresh and new and every night that I’ve workshopped it it’s been different,” he said. “I’ve been workshopping it down the street from my apartment at Union Hall in Brooklyn, where we filmed some of Sleepwalk With Me. The show is all about jokes and life and how jokes can get you in trouble in life and how in a lot of ways you’re not even allowed to tell jokes at work or really anywhere except with your friends. And so in some ways, being on stage in front of 1,000 people telling jokes is like hanging out with 1,000 friends with the same sense of humor. And that, to me, is a profound feeling. That’s really the goal for me is that everyone experiences that feeling at my shows.”
The jaunt kicks off on January 15 in Traverse City, Michigan, and will wrap up on March 30 in Charleston, South Carolina (check out the entire list of dates and venues below). Tickets go on sale today at noon, so head over to Birbiglia’s official site for more information and to reserve your seats.
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