Comedian Mike Birbiglia books six performances at Two River Theater

Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, actor and filmmaker, who also can be heard on Public Radio's  "This American Life" and "The Moth." He also has  released several comedy albums and television specials. (PHOTO: Courtesy Two River Theater Company)
Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, actor and filmmaker, who also can be heard on Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “The Moth.” (PHOTO: Courtesy Two River Theater Company)

Two River Theater Company has announced a special July event featuring comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia in six performances of “The New One” prior to its New York premiere.

Tickets go on sale beginning 10 a.m. tomorrow (May 16) for Two River subscribers and donors, and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday (May 18.) Tickets are $35 and available at tworivertheater.org or at 732-345-1400.

Birbiglia  has performed in venues around the world, including  the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. Recent shows include, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” and “Thank God for Jokes,” which were filmed for Netflix.

He has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including “My Secret Public Journal Live,” which was named one of the Best Comedy Albums of the Decade by The Onion’s  AV Club.

Birbiglia also is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the films “Sleepwalk with Me” and “Don’t Think Twice.” His book, “Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories,” was a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on “Orange Is the New Black,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Girls,” as well as in the films “Trainwreck”, “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Popstar.”

Birbiglia  lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jen.

Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called Birbiglia’s recent show “Thank God for Jokes” was “The best night I’ve spent in a theater in a very long time.”

Performances will be in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater at 7 p.m. July 18 and 19; 9 p.m. July 20; 6:30 and 9 p.m. July 21, and 3 p.m. July 22.

“The New One” has toured to more than 40 cities around the country.    The running time is 70 minutes. Patrons must age 16 and older to  attend.

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