Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out
Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out
Mike Birbiglia
Comedian Mike Birbiglia welcomes a different comedian or creator each week and together they work out original, untested material. And, occasionally, uncomfortable topics. Join them as they work it out.
Matt Berninger From The National Goes Solo
This fall Matt Berninger from The National released a brilliant solo album called Serpentine so this week Mike celebrates the release of that album with a re-post of this special episode which featured Berninger along with his wife and frequent collaborator Carin Besser as well as Mike’s wife the poet J. Hope Stein. (Their book "The New One" is in stores.) This creative double date goes deep as the two couples open up about creative marriages, actual marriages, and how writing poetry can feel like knittin
Nov 29
49 min
23. Ramy Youssef: Kicked in the Golden Globes
Mike welcomes award-winning comedian Ramy Youssef. The two friends discuss the unexpectedly controversial elements of his hit series “Ramy.” They also work on jokes about bad wedding speeches, getting kicked in the balls, and the time Ramy told people in Jacksonville that he was Muslim to which a woman replied, “We don’t do that here.” Well, the good news is: we do this here. Enjoy. Please consider donating to: Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative https://www.muslimarc.org/
Nov 22
50 min
22. Abbi Jacobson: The Broad City Makeout Party
Mike is joined by the co-creator of the comedy classic Broad City. They discuss the show’s origins, why we should all hope to “fail flamboyantly,” and why you might quit your job after getting an email from Amy Poehler. Along the way they work out material about why Mike hates magic and Abbi’s fear of running into her ex-girlfriend underwater. On Broad City Mike and Abbi made out literally. Today on Working It Out they make out... with jokes. Please consider donating to https://girlswritenow.org
Nov 15
55 min
21. Bowen Yang: How Do You Write a Sketch For SNL?
Bowen Yang joins Mike this week for an episode that is as hilarious as it is honest. Listen as Bowen and Mike discuss everything from gay conversion therapy and googling yourself to high school theatre fails and psychedelic shrooms. Bowen and Mike work out standup bits and potential sketches you may be seeing on SNL soon. Plus, find out the one must-have item you’ve been missing your whole life when using a porto-potty. Please consider donating to https://linktr.ee/chfgaid
Nov 8
58 min
A Message From Mike and a Re-Post of Pod Save Birbiglia
A special pre-Election Day message from Mike and a re-post of one of the most popular episodes. Remember to vote! http://votesaveamerica.com/
Nov 1
59 min
A Letter From a Comedian To College Students Everywhere
This episode is a little different from the others. If you like it please share it with your college age friend or family member. Also, it’s worth visiting https://votesaveamerica.com/
Oct 25
4 min
20. Jacqueline Novak: 50 Ways To Get Eaten By the Garage Door
Jacqueline and Mike have toured together for years and Mike recently produced Jacqueline’s Off-Broadway hit Get On Your Knees. They get nerdy on joke structure: setups, punchlines, tags and secants. They also dig into memories of Jacqueline’s childhood friend getting eaten by a garage door and what “blinking man" means at a crosswalk. Find out why Mike concludes the episode by saying “You must be the first repeat guest!” Please consider donating to https://thelovelandfoundation.org/loveland-the
Oct 18
58 min
19. Beth Stelling: Dreaming About Sex With Your Dad
This week Mike welcomes Beth Stelling- the fearless star of the new HBO Max special, Girl Daddy. Beth and Mike discuss their joke nerd instincts and goal to turn pain into comedy. They trade jokes about sex in a rocket ship, middle school burns, flying weenies, and, yes, even dreams about sex with your dad. Please consider donating to: YWCA Dayton, Ohio https://www.ywcadayton.org/how-to-help/donate/
Oct 11
48 min
18. Jon Favreau & Tommy Vietor: Pod Save Birbiglia
Mike chats with two of the co-hosts of “Pod Save America” about voting, working in the White House, getting high at Water Country, and “unf—ing the supreme court with small-d democracy.” What happens when a comedian talks candidly with President Obama’s speechwriter and one of the members of his national security team? Find out. It’s a good one. And vote! Please consider donating to: Vote Save America: https://votesaveamerica.com/donate/
Oct 4
58 min
17. Pete Holmes: What Podcast Would Jesus Listen To?
Mike and Pete are old comedy friends, which is why Pete does a pitch perfect impersonation of Mike, and Mike feels comfortable asking Pete for advice about Jesus. If you’ve ever listened to Pete’s legendary podcast “You Made It Weird,” you know that these two crack each other up. It’s a fun ride with tons of new jokes. Don’t miss it. Please consider donating to water.org
Sep 27
51 min
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