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Comedian Mike Birbiglia welcomes a different comedian or creator each week and together they work out original, untested material. And, occasionally, uncomfortable topics. Join them as they work it out.

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Comedian Mike Birbiglia welcomes a different comedian or creator each week and together they work out original, untested material. And, occasionally, uncomfortable topics. Join them as they work it out.

    28. The Lucas Bros: Losing Their Minds Together

    28. The Lucas Bros: Losing Their Minds Together

    Keith and Kenny Lucas join Mike for an episode that alternates between utterly serious & supremely silly. They discuss their moving Vulture essay "Our Brother Kaizen," as well as jokes in process about "twin discrimination," and the difference between writing a will and meeting Will Smith. They also discuss the devastating loss of their mutual friend Kevin Barnett and how it led to the Lucas’ sobriety after years being self-described stoners. A must listen.

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    27. Rachel Bloom: The Inception of the “Please Stop The Ride” Musical

    27. Rachel Bloom: The Inception of the “Please Stop The Ride” Musical

    The award-winning co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rachel Bloom joins Mike as the two of them crack into a format never explored in this podcast—the musical! Mike leaves his prepared material behind and pitches a concept for a musical. In turn Rachel pitches Mike her first comedy special—an idea she has never discussed publicly. They also discuss Rachel’s hilarious new book and Rachel delivers some of the best slow round answers of all time.

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    • 49 min
    The Best of 2020: Tig Notaro, and a Note from Mike About The Valentine’s Day Virtuals

    The Best of 2020: Tig Notaro, and a Note from Mike About The Valentine’s Day Virtuals

    Mike trades jokes with the great Tig Notaro. They discuss winning back ex-girlfriends in your favorite shirt, washing food during the pandemic, Billie Eilish's parents, and perhaps the most unlikely comedic run that involves both the Kiss and Indigo Girls. Do they also mention Ani DiFranco? Yes, they do.

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    • 52 min
    The Best of 2020: Maria Bamford, and a Note From Mike About New Year's Eve

    The Best of 2020: Maria Bamford, and a Note From Mike About New Year's Eve

    Maria Bamford has been one of Mike’s favorite comedians for a long time. Maria discusses the time she cold-called a Catholic priest even though she’s not Catholic, stories about Air BnBs, why Domino’s might be more helpful than a suicide hotline, unorthodox covid vaccines, and the recipe for grilled cheese. Don’t miss this one.

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    • 52 min
    26. All Jokes Considered: The Staff Picks The Best Of 2020

    26. All Jokes Considered: The Staff Picks The Best Of 2020

    A comedy extravaganza featuring Sarah Cooper, Hasan Minhaj, Tig Notaro, Jimmy Kimmel, Maria Bamford, John Mulaney, Ira Glass, Jon Laster, David Sedaris, Pete Holmes, Jon Favreau & Tommy Vietor, Jacqueline Novak, Bowen Yang, & Natasha Lyonne. The perfect episode to share with friends or enemies who haven’t dipped their toes in the Working It Out waters.

    We are highlighting 6 food banks and Mike is donating 100% of the New Years Eve 6:30 virtual show proceeds to them.
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    • 54 min
    25. Ira Glass: The Highly Anticipated Return

    25. Ira Glass: The Highly Anticipated Return

    Since Ira Glass was Working It Out’s inaugural guest, listeners have frequently requested his return. This week the podcast has its first return guest and its first *second draft*. We also learn what it takes to get a story on This American Life and whether Mike’s new story about learning he had cancer at age 19 has what it takes. Ira gives genius notes and spares no feelings. Story nerds, gather round. It’s a must listen.

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    • 50 min

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