Mike Birbiglia’s latest stand-up tour is headed Off-Broadway, back to the same theater at 45 Bleecker St. where Birbiglia developed Sleepwalk With Me.
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes will play Lynn Redgrave Theater, with previews beginning Feb. 2, 2016, and an official opening Feb. 11.
“I’m so excited to be returning to the Lynn Redgrave Theater, where I performed Sleepwalk, my first play eight years ago,” Birbiglia said. “It’s going to be a really special six weeks. I’ll see you there, or awkwardly on the F train right before it.”
The show’s official description:
Mike Birbiglia declares that a joke should never end with ‘I’m joking.’ In his all-new comedy, Birbiglia tiptoes hilariously through the minefield that is modern-day joke-telling. Join Mike as he learns that the same jokes that elicit laughter have the power to produce tears, rage, and a whole lot of getting yelled at. Ultimately it’s a show that asks, “How far should we go for the laugh?”
Seth Barrish will once more direct Birbiglia. They teamed up previously on staging both My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Sleepwalk With Me.
Both of those shows won kudos and awards in New York City: for My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Solo Show), and for Sleepwalk With Me (Nightlife Award for Outstanding Comedian In A Major Performance, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Award nominations). Birbiglia also adapted Sleepwalk With Me into a New York Times best-seller and an independent feature film.
Mike Berkowitz, Joseph Birbiglia, Ron Delsener, and Mike Lavoie will produce Thank God For Jokes.
Go to Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes (www.ThankGodForJokes.com) for tickets and more information.