Mike Birbiglia to promote his film, “Don’t Think Twice,” with Improv Across America bus tour, workshops

Mike Birbiglia’s winning movie about an improv comedy group, Don’t Think Twice, will get a nationwide theatrical run this summer, starting July 22, 2016, in New York City, and preceded by a 20-city “Improv Across America” bus tour complete with free improv workshops.

Don’t Think Twice premiered in March at SXSW, and also screened at the Tribeca Film Festival last month.

Written and directed by Birbiglia, he also stars in the film alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard — they play members of an improv group that gets pulled apart when one of its members successfully auditions for a TV institution not unlike Saturday Night Live.

The film is emotionally powerful, and hits home for anyone who has ever performed improv, or sketch, or been involved in a group project, or has feelings, ambitions, hopes and fears.

Birbiglia’s “Improv Across America” bus tour will include free workshops led by Liz Allen — who coached the Don’t Think Twice cast in their rehearsals — with select improv comedy theaters including iO Chicago and Planet Ant in Detroit. The tour will also feature pop-up screenings of the film and appearances by Birbiglia, the cast and other special guests.

Birbiglia and producer Ira Glass previously led a national tour to promote their first film together, Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me.

Don’t Think Twice also includes executive production from Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade.

Of Film Arcade, Birbiglia said: “This a company that is young and willing to try things, which is the spirit of how we made the film. Hopefully no one is fact checking this. They’re not actually that young. They’re like, middle aged but they act young in that ‘It’s LA, no one is actually young’ kinda way. The point is, I love these guys and we’re bringing the movie everywhere.”

Updated May 25 with full tour dates — the dates below are for the film screenings, which will feature Q&As with Birbiglia and ticket info!


  • Thursday, June 2: San Diego, Ken Cinema @ 7:30 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Monday, June 6:  Los Angeles, LAFF Premiere Arclight Culver City @ 6:45 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Tuesday June 7:   Phoenix, Camelview at Fashion Square 14 @ 7:30 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Wednesday, June 8:   San Francisco, Clay Theatre @ 7:30 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Friday, June 10:   Seattle, Seattle Film Festival, Uptown @ 7 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Monday, June 13:  San Rafael, CA, The Rafael @ 7:30 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Thursday, June 23 & Saturday, June 25:  Nantucket Film Festival – Multiple Showings GET TICKETS! 
  • Monday, June 27:  Boston, Kendall Square Cinema @ 7:30 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Tuesday, June 28:  Philadelphia, Ritz East @ 8 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Wednesday, June 29: Washington, DC, E Street Cinema, @ 7:30 pm  SOLD OUT, Second Screening Added at 8:15 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Sunday, July 10:  Dallas, The Magnolia @ 7:30 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Monday, July 11: Minneapolis, Uptown Theatre @ 7:30 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Tuesday, July 12: Detroit, Main Art Theatre @ 7:30 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Thursday, July 14: Chicago, Music Box Theatre @ 7:30 pm GET TICKETS!
  • Friday-Saturday, July 22-23:    New York City, Sunshine Cinema with me and my producer Ira Glass – Multiple Screenings! GET TICKETS!

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One thought on “Mike Birbiglia to promote his film, “Don’t Think Twice,” with Improv Across America bus tour, workshops

  1. I only see 12 cities listed. The article says 20. Do you have the other 8 cities where the tour will take place?

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