Mike Birbiglia: The New One (Broadway)
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Mike Birbiglia: The New One (Broadway)
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Mike Birbiglia: The New One (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(288 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
3%
Negative
1%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Delightful

About the Show

Following a sold-out off-Broadway run, acclaimed comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia ("Thank God For Jokes," "My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend") brings his new solo show to Broadway.

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Member Reviews (288)

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851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
58
Disappointing, Overrated, Boring

See it if You are a fan of Birbiglia and enjoy stand up comedy. If you are straight & married w/ children you will prob find much to identify with.

Don't see it if I don't think I was the target demographic for this show as I didn't find it all that funny and barely laughed. Audience seemed to enjoy it.

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful

See it if If you like comedy about one man's life. The show is based on his life. Confessional way he goes about oy t is fun.

Don't see it if If you want a serious play or subject. If you prefer a musical.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
80
Entertaining, Hilarious, Engaging, Casual

See it if u want to see what Birbiglia does best: tell funny, relatable, self-deprecating, inoffensive, insightful stories, this time about fatherhood

Don't see it if you have any illusions that this is a Bway play or anything more than a one-man stand-up routine; you can't relate to coupling & parenthood.

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
87
Engaging, Often hilarious, Occasionally wise, Solo

See it if you want to see a superb stand-up comedy routine about how the process of having a kid can be totally human & totally alien at the same time

Don't see it if you want something more dramatic than stand-up comedy, even superb stand-up comedy. Read more

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
85
Clever, Funny, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a very funny and witty one man show. Birbiglia is very smooth and really holds the audience's attention.

Don't see it if you do not like one person shows, comedy that includes some r rated subjects. Read more

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
81
Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you swore off having children and need validation for your decision. Birbiglia tells his personal story, which is both funny and sweet.

Don't see it if you’d like to see a traditional play. This is an 80-minute standup set.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
81
Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Funny

See it if Observational intelligent shedding of singles skins on a path to parenting. Self-deprecating & intelligent views of his new passage to papa.

Don't see it if Downtown small-house transfer to big-time uptown debut doesn't dwarf his talents, but little here to deter his inevitable decline to TV ads. Read more

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
70
Funny, Pleasant, Clever, Engaging

See it if you are a fan of stand-up generally and/or Mike Birbiglia specifically.

Don't see it if you're expecting a play. It's a story being told, and being told well, but not in the traditional conventions of theater.

Critic Reviews (27)

The New York Times
November 11th, 2018

"Dropping big bucks to see a low-key, self-effacing comedian in person might seem like a waste. Such an attitude doesn’t account, though, for the paradoxically lazy energy that Mr. Birbilgia emanates...As he restlessly circumambulates, verbally and physically, he’s always reaching for explanations that seem to explode on him. Yet, in the end, a symmetry emerges from the chaos he describes and embodies. Such is the gentle genius of one man’s comfortingly haphazard approach to comedy."
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Time Out New York
November 11th, 2018

"About his reluctant journey to fatherhood and how it has changed his life. That may sound about as scintillating as potato salad, but Birbiglia isn't some generic straight white guy whining about domesticity. He is raw, self-deprecating and painfully aware of both his privilege and his failings...The show isn't groundbreaking in structure, style or substance...But the meticulous and evocative way he expresses himself makes 'The New One'—like a newborn baby—special, unique and lovable."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 11th, 2018

"Fox: The comedy was super-strong. Lots of different types of jokes, expertly crafted. I probably say this after all of his shows, but it’s the funniest one yet. More than anything, though, I was most impressed by how it’s structured...Holdren: There were also things about the narrative that he thinks he’s living (of Obsolete Doofy I-Have-No-Agency Father Figure) that made me raise my eyebrows a bit. But as a thing built to make me laugh, really well done."
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New Yorker
December 5th, 2018

“Birbiglia’s latest solo show was a hit in a small theatre earlier this year, but his low-key approach translates surprisingly well to Broadway’s more capacious Cort. Here, he turns his path to fatherhood into a suspenseful tale...Birbiglia’s main weapon is his deceptively indolent delivery, which is paired with a milquetoast demeanor that barely conceals dark undercurrents about the way men, or at least some of them, experience having kids.”
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Variety
November 11th, 2018

"When is a standup routine not a standup routine, but a legitimate play? Partly when it comes with theatrical trappings like a thoughtful set, subtle lighting and sound effects...Mike Birbiglia’s 'The New One' qualifies as a real play — a brimmingly warm, entertaining one on a universally relatable topic...Kudos to director Seth Barrish for keeping the tone from shifting into either the maudlin, the too-dark or the trippy, New-Age blissful."
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Deadline
November 11th, 2018

"Birbiglia could name his daughter Little Ricky and still seem fresh. He’s that good...The monologist starts with some terrific observational stuff that lays the groundwork for the main event, and won’t sound a bit funny on this page...The emotional heart of 'The New One' beats loudest after the actual new one arrives, and Birbiglia’s physical isolation becomes a metaphor for his emotional distance from mother and daughter."
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AM New York
November 11th, 2018

"Birbiglia excels at offering fun anecdotes, dramatizing conversations with offstage characters, making Seinfeld-style observations about daily life and performing occasional physical bits...The show loses some steam as it goes along, trading bite for sentimentality and taking meandering turns, but overall it is very funny and well-constructed. Parenthood is well-worn territory for comedians, but Birbligia manages to be fresh, revealing and (as always) relatable."
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NY1
November 11th, 2018

"A good laugh is worth its weight in a boatload of King Kongs. And Birbiglia's got a million of 'em. Well, maybe a thousand...Birbiglia is a masterful humorist with a knack for making the most serious subjects hilarious...Perhaps one of the secrets to Birbiglia's success is that he is a storyteller...But the biggest surprise is Birbiglia's ability to fill the stage with little more than the wit and wisdom of someone who understands that humor is the bitterest truth refusing to take itself seriously."
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