Mike Birbiglia will discuss his book “The New One.”
VIRTUAL EVENT DETAILS
April 10, 2021 @ 11:00 pm CDT
Overture Center for the Arts 201 State St Madison WI
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
More Details: https://www.overture.org/events/mike-birbiglia
May 7, 2021 @ 11:30 pm EDT
College Street Music Hall
New Haven, CT
More Details: http://collegestreetmusichall.com/e/mike-birbiglia-live–97661358753/
About the Author:
Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, storyteller, director, actor and New York Times bestselling author who has performed in front of audiences worldwide. His shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. His most recent show, The New One, ran for ninety-nine shows at the Cort Theatre on Broadway.
In addition to performing live, Mike wrote, directed, and starred in the films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. His first book Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
As an actor, Mike has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, HBO’s Girls, and Broad City, as well as in films like Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar . He played recurring roles in Orange is the New Black and Billions . He is a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour and was honored in 2017 with the Kurt Vonnegut Award for humor.
About the Book:
With laugh-out-loud funny parenting observations, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book that is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.
In 2016 comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein took their fourteen-month-old daughter Oona to the Nantucket Film Festival. When the festival director picked them up at the airport she asked Mike if he would perform at the storytelling night. She said, “The theme of the stories is jealousy.”
Jen quipped, “You’re jealous of Oona. You should talk about that.”
And so Mike began sharing some of his darkest and funniest thoughts about the decision to have a child. Jen and Mike revealed to each other their sides of what had gone down during Jen’s pregnancy and that first year with their child. Over the next couple years, these stories evolved into a Broadway show, and the more Mike performed it the more he heard how it resonated — not just with parents but also people who resist all kinds of change.
So he pored over his journals, dug deeper, and created this book: The New One: Painfully True Stories From a Reluctant Dad . Along with hilarious and poignant stories he has never shared before, these pages are sprinkled with poetry Jen wrote as she navigated the same rocky shores of new parenthood.
So here it is. This book is an experiment — sort of like a family.