Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia
Mike Birbiglia
Birth name Michael Birbiglia
Born June 20, 1978 (1978-06-20) (age 33)[1]
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, United States[1]
Medium Stand-up comedy, Theatre, Radio, Television
Nationality American
Website birbigs.com

Mike Birbiglia (born June 20, 1978) is an American comedian, writer, and actor.


Professional work

Birbiglia has released three albums, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the best comedy albums of the decade by the Onion AV Club.[2]

His off-Broadway show, Sleepwalk With Me, opened November 11, 2008 at the Bleecker Street Theater.[3][4][5]

Birbiglia has contributed to the Public Radio International-distributed program This American Life.[6]

In October 2010, Birbiglia released a book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories,[7] which debuted as number 29 on the hardcover nonfiction New York Times Bestseller List[8][9] and number four on the hardcover nonfiction section of the Washington Post Political Bookworm Best Sellers.[10]

He also had a small role as the check in man in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids.

Birbiglia has said that he and Ira Glass are working on a screenplay adaptation of Sleepwalk With Me.[11][12]

Personal life

Birbiglia attended St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.[13] He graduated from St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts in 1996 [14][15] and subsequently graduated from Georgetown University in 2000.[16] During college Birbiglia performed as a member of the Georgetown Players Improv Troupe.

Mike lives with his wife, Jen Stein, on New York's Upper West Side.[17]

He has rapid eye movement behavior disorder (sleepwalking), which caused him to run out of a second-story window of a motel he was staying in Walla Walla, Washington, while on tour. As a result of the accident, Birbiglia received 33 stitches in his leg.[18][11][19]


  • 2004: Dog Years (out of print) (self-produced, winner of the "Just Plain Folks" comedy album of the year)
  • 2005: Invite Them Up (Comedy Central Records compilation CD of NYC indie comics)
  • 2006: Two Drink Mike
  • 2007: My Secret Public Journal Live
  • 2008: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing (DVD)
  • 2011: Sleepwalk with Me Live


  1. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Mike Birbiglia: Biography". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/mike-birbiglia-p706542/biography. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  2. ^ The A.V. Club Staff November 16, 2009. "The best comedy albums of the decade | Music | Best of". The Onion. http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-best-comedy-albums-of-the-decade,35403/. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  3. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (2008-11-14). "Theater Review – 'Sleepwalk With Me' – Mike Birbiglia in a One-Man Show at the Bleecker Street Theater". New York Times. http://theater2.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/theater/reviews/14Slee.html. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  4. ^ Scheck, Frank (2008-11-17). "For Cryin' & Laughin' Out Loud". New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/seven/11172008/entertainment/theater/for_cryin__laughin_out_loud_139094.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Theater Review: Sleepwalk With Me – Theater and Musical Production Reviews". Variety. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117938986.html?categoryid=33&cs=1&query=sleepwalk+with+me. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Contributors List: Mike Birbiglia". This American Life. Chicago Public Radio. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/contributors/mike-birbiglia. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  7. ^ Birbiglia, Mike (2010). Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1439157992. 
  8. ^ "Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories Hits NY Times Bestseller List". BroadwayWorld.com. October 21, 2010. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/SLEEPWALK_WITH_ME_And_Other_Painfully_True_Stories_Hits_NY_Times_Bestseller_List_20101021. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  9. ^ "Best Sellers: Hardcover Nonfiction". New York Times. October 22, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/books/bestseller/besthardnonfiction.html. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  10. ^ Levingston, Steven (October 24, 2010). "Political Bookworm: Book World: Best Sellers". Washington Post. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/political-bookworm/2010/10/post_7.html. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  11. ^ a b "Mike Birbiglia" (podcast). The Adam Carolla Show. October 14, 2010. http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/2010/10/14/mike-birbiglia. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  12. ^ Nerdist Podcast #40: Mike Bibiglia, 2010-10-11
  13. ^ Corcoran, Lindsay (17 October 2011). "Comedian from Shrewsbury publishes new book, visits home first". The Daily Shewsbury (Linear Publishing). http://www.thedailyshrewsbury.com/Articles-c-2010-10-17-71667.113122-Comedian-from-Shrewsbury-publishes-new-book-visits-home-first.html. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  14. ^ Birnbach, Lisa; Kidd, Chip, True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World, Random House Digital, Inc., 2010. Cf. p.68
  15. ^ "Mike Birbiglia '96 Comedy Show", St. Mark's School website, Thursday, May 5, 2011
  16. ^ Regen, Heather (October 7, 2010). "Considerate comedy from Mike Birbiglia". Georgetown Voice. http://georgetownvoice.com/2010/10/07/considerate-comedy-with-mike-birbiglia. 
  17. ^ McElroy, Steven (November 5, 2008). "Sleepwalking His Way From Comedy Club to Theater". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/theater/05sleep.html. 
  18. ^ "Spending The Night With Sleepwalker Mike Birbiglia". Fresh Air. WHYY. 18 October 2010. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130644070. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  19. ^ Climek, Chris (October 9, 2009). "Comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to the scene of the crime". Washington Examiner. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/lifestyle/wheels/Comedian-Mike-Birbiglia-returns-to-the-scene-of-the-crime-8359970-63789117.html. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 

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