6 items from 2013
1. Mike Birbiglia, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Six years ago, Louis C.K. announced that he was going to release a new hour-long special ever year. Though it obviously has done wonders for C.K.'s career and creative output (see No. 5), it had a negative effect on stand-up by convincing people that releasing a special every year was what the best stand-ups did. This goes for both fans who demand new material and stand-ups — many of whom are not at C.K.'s level and released specials that could benefit from more time. But as Jerry Seinfeld told The New York Times Magazine, “I wanna see your best work. I’m not interested in your new work.” Comedy should be an art like any other that can take time to craft and perfect. This is a point Birbiglia echoed on a recent episode of the "You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes" podcast. »
- Jesse David Fox
Year-end lists are the most self-imposed sources of stress this side of entering your medical symptoms onto Web MD. Everyone does these lists. No one likes writing them. Few enjoying reading them. But there's this odd game of chicken where no one wants to be left out of doing them, so the cycle continues each and every year in all forms of pop culture media and criticism.
The fact that The Boob Tube Dude is doing a list at all proves I'm not above this bulls***. But when it came time to rank my favorite shows of the year, I just couldn't do. Moreover, I realized I didn't Have to do it. No one's putting a gun to my head. No one's paying me to list X number of shows out. And on top of that, this year featured so much great TV that reducing it down to a list seems pointless. »
Awesome comedian and actor Mike Birbiglia has been added to the cast of "The Fault in Our Stars," this according to author John Green who tweeted the news on Wednesday. Birbiglia will play Patrick in the film, the leader of a cancer patient support group that's attended by the story's protagonists, Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort).
So excited to announce that one of my all-time favorite comedians/humans, Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs), will play Patrick in the TFiOS movie.
— John Green (@realjohngreen) August 28, 2013
Birbiglia is best known for "Sleepwalk With Me," his one-man off-Broadway show turned book, stand-up special, "This American Life" segment and feature film. He's also appeared on "Girls" and in the films "Cedar Rapids" and "Your Sister's Sister." Another Birbiglia stand-up special, "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," is currently available on Netflix.
"The Fault in Our Stars" is already positioned as one of next year's must-see Ya films. »
- The Huffington Post
2012 was filled with great movies, and one of them was comedian Mike Birbiglia's debut feature, Sleepwalk with Me. The film was based on Birbiglia's one-man show/book, and was developed into a movie in association with Ira Glass and This American Life. The movie won the Audience Award at Sundance, and it's currently on Netflix Instant, so I highly encourage you to check it out. But now we're left wondering what Birbiglia will do for a follow-up, and it looks like he'll be going with the same creative trajectory as Sleepwalk with Me for his new project, an adaptation of My Girlfriend's Boyfriend. Hit the jump for more. Birbiglia tells THR: I’m writing a screen adaptation of [his most recent stand-up act] My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. Which will have a different name, but that was the jumping-off point. I’m working on that right now, and I’m shooting a concert special of »
- Matt Goldberg
'Sleepwalk' was based on Birbiglia's stand-up routine, book and radio play of the same title. The new project, entitled "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," will be based on the comedian's latest stand-up act.
"I’m writing a screen adaptation of [his most recent stand-up act] My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. Which will have a different name, but that was the jumping-off point. I’m working on that right now, and I’m shooting a concert special of My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend in about a month from now, and that should come out in the fall."
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
If you haven't taken the time to watch Sleepwalk with Me, the directorial debut of stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia, it's on Netflix Instant right now. The film is a hilarious and charming adaptation of the comedian's book, stand-up act and radio play of the same, and proves Birbiglia can be a solid leading man, and a fresh new voice in the realm of comedy on film. But what's he doing next? Well, Birbigila recently sat down with THR who revealed that he'll be adapting his 2011 stand-up show My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (which will have a different title) for his next film, a chronicle of his romantic shortcomings and mishaps. The show found Birbiglia sharing "a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues that most adults would spend a lifetime trying to forget. On this painfully honest journey, Birbiglia struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible to find — love. »
- Ethan Anderton
6 items from 2013
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