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Comedy: Mike Birbiglia

By PF Wilson · September 20th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

Before putting it to rest, as it were, comedian Mike Birbiglia wanted to commit his acclaimed one-man show Sleepwalk With Me to CD. It had a successful run of over 200 performances off-Broadway, but he wanted to record the CD in a comedy club, not a theatre. “I developed the show in comedy clubs,” he explains. “Audiences in comedy clubs are just better, they’re louder and they’re hotter. It’s a more intimate environment.”

The next question was which comedy club? He didn’t have to think very long for an answer. “Go Bananas is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the best comedy clubs in the country,” Birbiglia says.

“The audience is right there, inches from you. There’s something about what it creates that’s very pure. It’s unlike any other club in the country.”

All five performances in Cincinnati will be recorded. “Hopefully one of them is kind of the 'pick of the litter' and we say, ‘That’s the one.’ ”

The show centers on Birbiglia’s real-life experience dealing with a sleep disorder. Fans might recall hearing some parts of the tale in his stand-up act, including a bit about a near-death experience. The CD should be released in March, while a book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, is out Oct. 12. Later this fall, Birbiglia will begin working on a new one-man show based on his hilarious bit “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.”

Birbiglia will perform his one-man show, Sleep Walk With Me, Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas in Montgomery. Showtime is 8 p.m. with extra 10:30 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $22.

Go here for show and venue details.



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