105 episodes

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.

    Hannah Einbinder: The Joke’s on You For Loving a Clown

    Hannah Einbinder: The Joke’s on You For Loving a Clown

    (Recorded December 2021) Hannah Einbinder received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her breakout performance in HBO’s “Hacks.” Today Hannah and Mike discuss what it means to be yourself in auditions, risking rejection in front of audiences, and the miracle that is crowd work. They kick around new jokes about the time Mike’s Apple Watch called the police and what it means to say I love you from the other room. All that, and some deep thoughts on deep sea fish.

    • 51 min
    72. Drew Barrymore: Do What You Love

    72. Drew Barrymore: Do What You Love

    Mike’s first-ever major movie role was in Going the Distance, starring Drew Barrymore. Now, 12 years later, Drew takes Mike through her journey from starring in E.T., to hosting SNL at age 7, to producing and starring in some of the most iconic films of the last 30 years. Drew breaks down her approach to comedy, and discusses how hosting her own talk show has allowed her to reclaim the narrative of her own life. Plus, jokes about New York City breakups, and what to do when your soul can’t catch up with your body.

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    • 56 min
    Jimmy Kimmel: Spilling the Meatballs

    Jimmy Kimmel: Spilling the Meatballs

    (Recorded September 2020) Last year Jimmy Kimmel cooked Mike meatballs and then Mike dropped them on Jimmy’s front lawn. This interview goes better than that! Join Mike and Jimmy for a candid chat about schoolyard fights, right wing hit jobs, pre-existing conditions, and people who claim to not like pizza. Also, Jimmy has listened to all the episodes AND HAS NOTES. It’s a good one. Enjoy.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    71. Alex Edelman Returns: The 25 Word Pitch

    71. Alex Edelman Returns: The 25 Word Pitch

    Mike welcomes back Alex Edelman. Since his last appearance on the podcast, Alex has opened his solo show “Just For Us,” received rave reviews, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and has been nominated for an outer critics circle award. He just announced a 3rd extension of his show at the Greenwich House Theater in New York City beginning June 13. The two friends discuss how two pitch your own work in 25 words as well as as horrible nicknames, accidentally reading other people’s texts, and how to finance a burrito. Plus, Mike is concerned his daughter might be turning into an insult comic or worse, a ventriloquist.

    • 52 min
    Aisling Bea: The Right Amount of a Bit Much

    Aisling Bea: The Right Amount of a Bit Much

    (Recorded May 2021) The last time Mike and Aisling Bea spoke, Aisling was frantically making pizza from scratch for one of Mike's Worldwide Comedy Pizza Party virtual shows. Now that the dough has settled, they dig in for a conversation about introverts vs. an extroverts, why it's tough to follow an Irish comedian in Ireland, and Mike's wife's misunderstanding about the berries of the town of Dingle. Plus, Aisling reveals a very personal story that might end up being part of a new solo show.

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    • 54 min
    70. Judd Apatow Returns (Again): He Has Fettuccine in His Heart

    70. Judd Apatow Returns (Again): He Has Fettuccine in His Heart

    Judd Apatow returns for a record third appearance in support of his latest New York Times-bestselling book Sicker in the Head. He turns the tables and puts Mike in the hot seat for an interview tracing Mike's journey from "funniest person on campus" in college, to doorman at the DC Improv, and beyond. The two friends reminisce about about being paid in fettuccine, and co-workers embezzling money from comedy clubs. Plus, questions from a special livestream audience about self-esteem and Judd's creative writing philosophy, which he calls “getting it down, then fixing it up.”

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    • 1 hr 3 min

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