Candain Standup Star Mike Birbiglia Gets Personal Again At JFL42

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first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: He first went into harrowing and hilarious detail about his serious sleep disorder in a 2008 off-Broadway one man show titled Sleepwalk with Me. (He’d also had bladder cancer at one point, observing in the same show, “whenever they find something, it’s never anything good, like, ‘We found something in your bladder — and it’s season tickets to the Yankees!’ ”) The painfully funny mining of his own deadly serious predicament won him fans and set the tone for live performances to come. “I started saying to myself, ‘What is this? How did I end up here?’ It’s when life becomes so strange in these rare moments in your life where you’re lucky enough that you just hope that your better instincts kick in.”Birbiglia, 39, has made a career of living off his better instincts. His low-key, homebody persona sets up jokes about the smallest of frustrations and awkward moment (“A girl offered me E at the club: ‘Have you ever done E?’ “I watch E’ ”) but it’s probably his introspective, heartfelt monologues that have held audiences spellbound for a decade.Toronto fans can take in latest standup set, which again delves into personal territory, at this year’s JFL42 festival, which starts this Thursday and runs until Sept. 30. (Birbiglia’s headliner set at the Sony Centre is set for Sept. 29.) Twitter Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The pressure was on Mike Birbiglia this summer in Montreal. He was being crowned “Standup Comedian of the Year” at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. Just to ramp up his self-consciousness, on the day of the awards, he was surrounded by comedy gold.“I’m in this room with Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow, Jim Carrey, all these people,” says Birbiglia, interviewed the day after the ceremony. Ali Wong, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel and Jeff Ross are also on the dais. Facebook Advertisementlast_img

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A Surgeon’s Odyssey

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