Tig Notaro

This American Life did an episode (464: Invisible Made Visible) to feature the parts of its live show that would work for radio (they cut out the dancing and Mike Birbiglia’s short about Terry Gross).

Act Two. Groundhog Dayne is Tig Notaro’s story about seeing a famous person (albeit a minor celebrity) in real life.  Over and over and over again.  (Listen above)

I love Tig Notaro’s (or Navarro’s as I catch myself saying) delivery.  So dry.  Dry as a desert.

The ending of that is perfection.

Tig hosts the podcast Professor Blastoff, and has a comedy album called Good One.

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2 Fresh 2 Furious

 

This short film, produced by Ira Glass and written and directed by Mike Birbiglia, was part of the This American Life: LIVE SHOW. The live show will be rebroadcast in select theaters May 15th.

I always knew Terry Gross was hardcore.

 

 

Act Two: Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens

Sleepwalk With Me

As a huge fan of This American Life, I’ve heard comic Mike Birbiglia detail crazy and embarrassing stories as a guest star.  I also have his book, Sleepwalk With Me: and Other Painfully True Stories (which began as an off-Broadway show). He remembers in excruciating detail those childhood events that most of us would like to forget.  His delivery pairs fantastic timing with hilarious perspective.

Birbiglia’s storytelling on TAL has paid off.  Sleepwalk With Me is now a film that went to the Sundance Film Festival.

From Entertainment Weekly:

Sleepwalk With Me was produced by Ira Glass and based on writer-director-star Mike Birbiglia’s harrowing tale of life as a not-so-good, but-getting-better comedian. The film has been a bright spot in a Sundance lineup already brimming with comedies.

Apparently in the film, Birbiglia goes by “Matt Pandamiglio,” an equally unusual name. Here’s a preview:

Ira Glass on producing the movie.  So funny.  An honest portrayal of hard work that goes into a film.