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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.

Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out Mike Birbiglia

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    • 4.8 • 2.8K Ratings

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.

    64. Mo Amer: The Creative Savings Account

    64. Mo Amer: The Creative Savings Account

    Mo Amer started doing stand-up when he was 14, and now he's being introduced by The Rock in his latest Netflix special, Mohammed in Texas. Mike talks with Mo about that journey, growing up Palestinian in Houston and later performing in college lunchrooms. They discuss why immigrants love Nescafe, the lengths to which Mo will go to get access to a bidet, and why it's important for writers to store ideas in a "creative savings account."
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    Jo Firestone: Onomatopizza and the Fyrestone Fest

    Jo Firestone: Onomatopizza and the Fyrestone Fest

    (Recorded April 2021) Mike welcomes one of the most uniquely funny people alive and the two comics go deep on deep dish pizza. Jo explains her controversial take on eating pizza crust first and builds on Mike’s already over the top “onomatopizza” pun. Along the way Jo tells the story of the time she put on a comedy festival at a carwash at 8 o’clock in the morning and why she ordered 30 pizzas for the audience. Podcast is served.
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    • 57 min
    63. Sarah Millican: Put The Email Address In Last

    63. Sarah Millican: Put The Email Address In Last

    What started as a poem by Sarah Millican about a bad divorce sprouted into one of the most popular comedy careers in England in the last 20 years. Mike and Sarah discuss how hitting rock bottom can lead you to the top and what happened when Sarah’s childhood bully sent her a long letter as an adult. Plus, new bits about Sarah’s husband who may or may not be a robot, Mike’s dad’s excessive use of speakerphone, and that time Sarah got too comfortable with a sharp object.

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    • 56 min
    Jim Gaffigan: We Met in 1997 at a Pizzeria

    Jim Gaffigan: We Met in 1997 at a Pizzeria

    Mike met Jim Gaffigan in 1997 when he cold-called Jim’s landline. They went out for, of course, pizza and Jim gave him advice that Mike has not only used but also shares with others. The two comics discuss the insanity of charging large pizza prices for mediums size gourmet pies, deciding not to curse on stage, and what happens when a non-political comedian has had enough. It’s Jim Gaffigan like you’ve never heard him before.
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    62. Hannah Einbinder: The Joke’s on You For Loving a Clown

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

    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.

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    • 53 min
    Malcolm Gladwell: 10,000 Hours of Jokes

    Malcolm Gladwell: 10,000 Hours of Jokes

    You can hear the excitement in Mike's voice as he welcomes legendary author Malcolm Gladwell, host of Revisionist History & author of Outliers as well as his latest The Bomber Mafia. Malcolm brings Gladwellian theory to why the re-telling of jokes is never as funny. They riff on evil golf courses, evil search engines, & where that YMCA pool smell might actually come from. Even Malcolm’s mom Joyce makes a cameo. This may just be the tipping point for Working It Out.
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

wmfodj ,

Love the give and take, honesty and emotional connection

Perfect antidote for feeling overwhelmed by political news

I have been introduced to new comedians thru this podcast: Sarah Millican and jimmy carr to name 2. And enjoyed so much known collaborators like Keegan Michael key.

Just saw his show at Berkeley Rep old Man and the pool.. highly recommend!!

blinkdor ,

Quality Production

Mike, my cool, yupster son and his wife showed me your stand-up which I like….but I like you even more after listening to your podcasts. Your soothing yet excited-little-boy voice coupled with the flow of the show is so enjoyable to listen to. It’s so interesting to learn about the craft and craftmanship of comedy…I hope you continue.

T4Tunes ,

Spelunking the caves of comedic minds

Mike, this is such a fascinating "fly on the wall" listen about the process of comedians creating comedy. I listen every week, and I am a big fan of your work. Always funny and at times, deeply thought provoking. I am especially grateful for you introducing me to Sarah Millican. What a treasure. I've watched many of her videos on her YouTube channel and I laugh throughout every one of them. I so look forward to seeing you here in LA in May 2022. Lots of love and stay safe out there!

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