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Mike Birbiglia: The New One (Off-Broadway)

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Absorbing

About the show

Acclaimed comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia ('Thank God For Jokes,' 'My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend') returns to Off Broadway with a brand new solo show. More…

In 'The New One,' the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect.


Member Reviews (31)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Absorbing
88
Avg Score

84
Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if He delivers as funny evening of laughter about family, kids. Quirky delivery but effective.

Don't see it if If you dont like comedy or its subject matter.

79
Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if It's ALL Mike, once again The funny, self-imposed defeatedness, quirky delivery & astringent observations are applied to his new fatherhood

Don't see it if After fervently assuring us of the reasons for not having kids (esp with the provocative "they spoil careers") he totally falls into cliche

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Hilarious, Intelligent, Touching

See it if you're a fan of Birbiglia & curious about his recent life, you enjoy his hilarious take on modern urban & family life, you want to laugh

Don't see it if funny stories about 39-ish married guy are not your thing, don't like one person shows or evenings that resemble stand up more than a play

81
Funny, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Observational intelligent shedding of singles skin on path to parenting. Self-deprecating and insightful views of this newly married papa.

Don't see it if Last time out, Amy Schumer opened for him and he was struggling through the dating scene. Time marches on and en route, one of us got old.

88
Great writing, Hilarious, Cute props, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want a good laugh that does not offend. How delightful to just sit back and forget your troubles.

Don't see it if you don't like one man comedy shows no matter how funny or entertaining.

90
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you want to hear a real story told by an excellent story-teller. Mike's tale really rings true and he does entertain the audience.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to one-man shows and don't want to hear about one man's journey into fatherhood.

80
Funny

See it if Mike Birbiglia uses self deprecating humor to explain parenthood in the most hilarious way! An entertaining night at the theater.See it!

Don't see it if this show was a pleasant surprise.Do not miss it!

Also Mike Birbiglia has a natural talent. He has the unique ability to find... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Funny, Well staged, Indulgent, Solo performance

See it if you enjoy stand-up comedy. Birbiglia manages to tweak humor out of both mundane and unusual circumstances and also through exaggeration.

Don't see it if you don't like a solo show. I did not LMAO, but others did and I was certainly entertained.

95
Funny, Resonant, Refreshing, Must see, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of Birbiglia or you just want to see a really poignant and funny narrative about the transition into fatherhood.

Don't see it if you're not into one-man shows or you're thin-skinned (a la the NY Times critic) - his view of fatherhood isn't all rainbows and sunshine.

Also But it sure is honest.

89
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear Mike Birbiglia tackle the reasons not to have kids and how it happened anyway

Don't see it if You don't like blunt honesty about feelings and opinions that aren't the "appropriate" things to feel or say

85
Funny, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to hear a funny story about the tribulations of becoming a dad, complete with descriptions of all the medical necessities. Fun

Don't see it if you intend to bring kids of 12 or under. It's definitely not appropriate for them; I cringed for the 11-yr-old in the 1st row as we roared.

Also One line in this show is completely inappropriate and not funny---the ... Read more Read less

81
A very funny tale of not wanting a child

See it if Mike Birbiglia is very witty throughout this show

Don't see it if the idea of not wanting a child offends you or you dislike stand up comedy

90
Funny, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You enjoy comedy about becoming a parent and/or are a MB fan.

Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh? I can’t imagine anyone going and not enjoying this show.

95
Delightful, Hilarious, Must see, Refreshing, Moving

See it if you like Mike Birbiglia; you like great comedy; you have or have ever thought about having children; you want to leave the theater smiling.

Don't see it if you have no soul? Can't think of any reason not to see it. Not even if you already saw it. Because I did, and then I went again on Broadway.

85
Great writing, Hilarious, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy comedy, one man shows and masterful storytelling. You're looking for the lolz.

Don't see it if You want a large scale and flashy production, you prefer musicals, you don't enjoy standup or storytelling.

92
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Hilarious, Indulgent

See it if you like Mike Birbiglia and want to see his best 80 minutes yet; you've ever had a kid

Don't see it if you're sensitive about parental abuse or abandonment--those issues were handled less delicately than I thought they should have been

95
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you're looking for an engaging one-man performance filled with hilarious and poignant observations on love, life, and sacrifice.

Don't see it if one-man shows aren't your thing, or overly personal stories (including sometimes uncomfortably truthful anecdotes) make you uncomfortable.

95
Delightful, Funny, Edgy, Clever

See it if you appreciate someone telling the truth about himself and his life, and if you love astonishing sets

Don't see it if You don't enjoy hearing an entire audience burst into peals of laughter

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You would like an inside look into how a new father copes.

Don't see it if You don't like standup comedians.

84
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Heartfelt, Clever

See it if you love to smile and laugh and like to listen to stories about people's real life situations.

Don't see it if you only laugh at comedy that has to have cursing in it

100
Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You enjoy comedy and you like to talk about the difficulties of parenthood

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor or you think your child is the meaning of life

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You like comedic storytelling. You will especially enjoy it if you are a parent.

Don't see it if You are bringing children.

90
Funny, Quirky, Masterful, Clever, Refreshing

See it if Great funny one man show. Fantastic storyteller and the way he weaved the stories

Don't see it if if you don't like comedy

100
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You like stand up

Don't see it if You are offended easily

100
Ambitious, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if I've seen a few of Mike Birbiglia's Netflix specials and seeing him live was a great experience. His quick wit & delivery just draws you in!

Don't see it if Just be aware it is basically a stand up comedy show. A one man show with no set except for one surprising scene in the second half. Cozy up


August 2nd, 2018
"At first excruciatingly funny and then just kind of excruciating. The first hour, about his wife and cat and brother and vascular repair, is gorgeous, just the right amount of wrong...But once Mr. Birbiglia actually has a kid, most of what makes him so immensely appealing — his acuity, his empat...
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August 2nd, 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....
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August 14th, 2018
"The show is a sustained demonstration of effective comic writing and acting—Birbiglia is brilliant at weaponizing the conspiratorial stage whisper...Birbiglia hits peak funny when riffing on his frailties, medical and otherwise, and his self-deprecation comes across not as an underhanded cry for...
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August 2nd, 2018
"His comedic observational skills are sharp as a tack...Birbiglia seems deeply sincere in his lack of self-regard. It makes him all the funnier and more relatable...By the end of the evening, you feel less like an audience member than an old friend. Which is not to downplay the performer's incred...
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