132. Judd Apatow Returns: Hold On To That Authenticity
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
6d ago
This week the legendary Judd Apatow returns to Working It Out for his fourth and best appearance yet. Judd tells behind-the-scenes stories from Bridesmaids and Funny People, as well as the most helpful filmmaking advice he’s gotten from other greats along the way. Judd and Mike also break apart the story of Judd’s first ayahuasca trip—and what that experience might have to do with both his parents’ divorce and his first sexual experience. Plus, jokes about how Judd somehow gained weight on Ozempic. Please consider donating to 826 National.     ..read more
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131. Chris Fleming: He Should Be Way More Popular
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
1w ago
In Chris Fleming’s recent Peacock stand-up special Hell, he calls out some audience members who are married and shouts, “This show is not for people who have wives. You have a wife?! Go see Mike Birbiglia!” Fleming is fearless about dragging the names of other comedians into his bits: from Bo Burham to Nikki Glaser to Bert Kreischer and more. Chris is a Massachusetts theater kid turned comedian and it manifests in stand-up comedy that is simultaneously avant-garde but also crowd pleasing. Mike and Chris sit down for a truly productive session of working out new material and they break down why ..read more
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130. Rory Scovel: Dare to Be Funny
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
3w ago
Mike welcomes Rory Scovel, whose special made Mike laugh so hard he spit water all over himself. Rory talks about how telling the truth and being vulnerable on stage led him to his best bits, how his taking up abstract painting is similar to comedy, and how a week of fully improvised stand-up shows gave Rory a new perspective on his career. Plus, the best and most off-the-rails “Working It Out” section the podcast has had yet. Please consider donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ..read more
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129. J. Hope Stein Returns: Earth Day Poetry from Clo
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
1M ago
Mike welcomes back the poet J. Hope Stein, aka Jenny, aka Clo, aka Mike’s wife of fifteen years. A frequent collaborator on Mike’s comedy specials and movies, Jenny describes her favorite type of creative feedback and why she’s most impressed by poetry that crosses over to audiences who don’t always understand poetry. The couple shares candid and embrassing stories from the early days of their romance including two stories that might make it into Mike’s new live show. Plus, Jen reads two new poems in celebration of Earth Day and announces the audiobook of her poetry collection “Little Astronau ..read more
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The Wisdom of Chicago Improv with Liz Allen
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
1M ago
Chicago improv performer and teacher Liz Allen taught a workshop for Mike’s college improv group almost 25 years ago. Since then, Mike and Liz have found numerous ways to reunite and collaborate, most notably on Mike’s film Don’t Think Twice. Now Mike sits down for an in-depth chat with one of his favorite improvisers about the unique roots of Chicago improv, Liz’s (in)famous teacher Del Close, and the one-in-a-million coincidence that connected Liz and Gillian Jacobs. Please consider donating to Stepping Stones Network Check out https://www.lizallenimprov.com for more info about improv coac ..read more
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127. Esther Povitsky: What Is Your Comedy Attachment Style?
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
1M ago
Mike sits down with comedian, actor, and writer Esther Povitsky to discuss her special Hot For My Name. Mike has a lot of questions about the time Esther crashed her fiancée's bachelor party in Vegas. Plus, Esther figures out Mike’s attachment style, and they discuss the differences between the LA and New York comedy scenes. All this, and jokes about adults dressed as babies, watching OnlyFans with your partner, and being outed as a comedian on the subway. Please consider donating to Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation ..read more
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126. Seth Meyers: SNL, Late Night, and a Ton of New Jokes
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
2M ago
Mike sits down with the legendary comedian and writer Seth Meyers for a conversation that reveals who is secretly the funniest of the funniest at SNL behind-the-scenes and who was the most popular Strike Force Five host. Then, Mike and Seth work out new material about serial killers, the D.A.R.E. program, and dropping acid in Amsterdam. Plus: who will take over for Lorne Michaels after he leaves SNL? Please consider donating to Sanctuary For Families ..read more
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125. Ilana Glazer: Life Lessons from the Broad City Star
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
2M ago
Mike became an instant super-fan of Ilana Glazer in 2014 when her hit series Broad City premiered on Comedy Central. This week on the podcast Mike and Ilana go deep on the origins of Broad City, Mike’s cameo on the show, honest takes on parenting, the development of Ilana’s new hour of stand-up comedy, and how *Broad City* Ilana is different from *real life* Ilana. Plus, jokes and stories about weed-induced anxiety and saying hello to strangers. Please consider donating to Out of the Closet ..read more
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Mike Answers Your Questions About Comedy
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
2M ago
This week Mike responds to listener questions. How many of your stories are true?  Who is your dream guest? What is your greatest piece of comedy advice? All these and more ..read more
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124. Chris Distefano: Crowd Work With The Mob
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by Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out podcast
2M ago
This week Mike welcomes Comedy Cellar friend and comedy star Chris Distefano. Chris’s shares important lessons in failure: how a bad set got him booked on Letterman, and the advice his wife gave him about not listening to studio executives. Mike and Chris also dissect Chris’s famous 9/11 story, and why Chris’ “worst gig” story involves an actual knife at his throat. Please consider donation to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation ..read more
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