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Thank God For Jokes

From 73 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent

About the show

Culture Project presents a limited Off-Broadway engagement of award-winning comedian Mike Birbiglia with his one-of-a-kind storytelling style. More…

Mike Birbiglia declares that a joke should never end with ‘I’m joking.’ In his all-new comedy, Birbiglia tiptoes through the minefield that is modern-day joke-telling. Mike learns that the same jokes that elicit laughter have the power to produce tears, rage, and a whole lot of getting yelled at. Ultimately it's a show that asks, “How far should we go for the laugh?”


Member Reviews (73)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent
87
Avg Score

90
Original, Clever, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you love comedy

Don't see it if You need a plot

90
Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Birbiglia at his best. Funny throughout and the whole still manages to be better than the sum of its parts

Don't see it if You don't like or get jokes

68
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you like stand up

Don't see it if don't like dryer stand up

81
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You like stand-up comedy that has a larger meaning.

Don't see it if You're easily offended or often late!

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you would enjoy clever observational PG-13 humor told by a relatable storyteller and comedian.

Don't see it if you don't like stand-up or The Moth-style stories.

95
Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you enjoy humor that goes beyond the surface and examines the very nature of what we find funny and why.

Don't see it if you're easily offended. A Christian couple walked out during this performance due to "jokes about Jesus".

100
Exquisite, Funny, Hilarious, Original

See it if You are a fan of intellectual humor that takes a little more thought to find a joke funny

Don't see it if You do not enjoy stand up comedy, are not a fan of dry sarcastic humor

80
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy modern comedy shows a la Judd Apatow.

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional play with a story.

90
Entertaining, Quirky, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Mike Birbiglia. The show is very similar to his other stand up, but with the simple staging and message it becomes something new

Don't see it if you get easily offended or if you tend to show up late (trust me on this, there is a whole section on this)

100
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if not a funnier comedian in sight.

Don't see it if prob not best for kids

89
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Funny

See it if really liked his humor

Don't see it if don't like standup

85
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like stand-up comedy and might enjoy a meditation on how jokes work and why they must always be offensive to someone.

Don't see it if you're jaded, easily offended, or easily bored.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You love stand up - this is good stuff!

Don't see it if You are overly sensitive, especially about religion.

90
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you like stand up comedy and to laugh

Don't see it if you need a story and are offended easily

90
Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you're a fan of Birbigs, you want to be taken on a journey through great storytelling, and want to laugh, cry, cry because you're laughing.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, and prefer traditional plays for storytelling.

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy comedy by the hilarious and ever-entertaining Mike Birbigs - his story-telling and comedic ticks can make almost anyone laugh.

Don't see it if You dislike being called out for being late to a show.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You are fan of Mike Birbiglia's comedy.

Don't see it if You're a late person.

92
Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You like to laugh and think and don't feel like taking out a third mortgage to see 'Hamilton'.

Don't see it if You prefer filthy, misogynist, banal humor.

75
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if You love comedians.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh.

100
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of clever storytelling (think "This American Life") and/or stand-up comedy.

Don't see it if you prefer an ensemble piece (this is a one-man show).

89
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if your a fan of Mike Birbiglia and his comedic stories

Don't see it if you're not a fan of seeing comedians talk for 90 minutes

100
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if You're a fan of standup and Birbiglia. Very funny set.

Don't see it if You don't care about humour and how it works.

0
Boring

See it if Given the great review in the NYT, it was a HUGE letdown. Birbiglia simply was not funny. I didn't laugh even once. He has a very slow an

Don't see it if If you want to see good stand-up comedy

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a witty, quick show that will entertain you from start to finish

Don't see it if You are looking for a more traditional play as opposed to intelligently written standup.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you really love stand-up comedy that feels like theatre.

Don't see it if you prefer full production value. It's literally just Mike on stage being funny.


February 11th, 2016
"Humor is on Mr. Birbiglia’s mind...There is not an ounce of pedantry in his 85-minute monologue, an indescribably ridiculous collection of anecdotes and asides that miraculously blend into a whole…Mr. Birbiglia is hiding some serious ideas beneath the laughter. This isn’t just an enjoyable perfo...
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January 4th, 2016
"While the material lacks 'Sleepwalk's' emotional punch, the writing and delivery is as sharp as ever...When he throws crowd work—admonishing latecomers—the teasing is quite endearing. Longtime fans might miss the more radio-friendly material, but Birbiglia makes a compelling argument for regular...
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February 11th, 2016
"Comedian Mike Birbiglia tells stories, mostly about himself, which usually end with him being embarrassed or humiliated. And the more embarrassed and humiliated he gets, the funnier he is...Birbiglia delivers all this in a low-key, deadpan fashion, although he clearly enjoys making himself the b...
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February 12th, 2016
"It’s a common belief that analyzing what’s funny is not particularly funny. Mike Birbiglia proves the exception to the rule in his new solo show. The show places him among the top tier of smart-funny comedians whose humor comes from a sly, subversive and introspective place."
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