Comedian Birbiglia to entertain Annual Meeting on Saturday night

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2017 Annual Meeting Saturday night entertainment comedian Mike Birbiglia​Comedian and Shrewsbury native Mike Birbiglia, a member of the ensemble cast of “Orange is the New Black,” will perform during the MMA Annual Meeting’s Saturday evening banquet on Jan. 21.
Called a “master of the personal, embarrassing tale” by Time magazine and a “supremely enjoyable monologist” by The New York Times, Birbiglia is known for his unique storytelling style, which is featured in his contributions to the award-winning radio show “This American Life.”
Birbiglia, 38, joined the cast of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” in 2015, its third season, as the de facto warden at the women’s prison. His acting credits include the films “Trainwreck,” “Going the Distance,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Your Sister's Sister,” “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Annie,” as well as the HBO series “Girls.”
He wrote, directed and starred in “Sleepwalk With Me,” a critically acclaimed adaptation of his one-man show, which The New York Times called “simply perfect” and Time Out New York named “Show of the Year” after its off-Broadway premiere. The film won the NEXT Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Birbiglia’s second foray into writing and directing, “Don’t Think Twice,” has won rave reviews and a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Boston Globe’s Ty Burr wrote that the “often brutally funny” movie “manages the neat trick of remaining sweet-natured while letting absolutely no one off the hook.”
His show “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” won Outstanding Solo Show from the Lucille Lortel Awards, which recognize excellence in New York off-Broadway theater, and was named a critic’s pick by The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York. Birbiglia performed the show in more than 70 cities around the globe, including the Sydney Opera House, London’s Soho Theatre, and Carnegie Hall. A Seattle performance that aired on Netflix in 2013 made Flavorwire’s list of 20 funniest stand-up specials of all-time. It was named best stand-up special of 2013 by Paste magazine, The Laugh Button, Vulture, and Laughspin, and was nominated for Best Comedy Special at the 2014 American Comedy Awards.
Birbiglia’s newest stage show, “Thank God for Jokes,” has been nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and is a New York Times and Time Out New York critic’s pick. The show tiptoes through the minefield of modern-day joke-telling, asking, “How far should we go for the laugh?” In The New York Times, playwright Neil Genzlinger called the show “the best night I’ve spent in a theater in a very long time.”
Birbiglia has released four comedy albums, and both The Onion and USA Today named 2007’s “My Secret Public Journal Live” one of the best comedy albums of the decade. Birbiglia has made more than 40 network television appearances on shows starring David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, and Jimmy Fallon.
The youngest of four children, Birbiglia attended St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury for one year and graduated from St. Mark’s School in Southborough. He and his wife Jen Stein have a daughter, Oona.