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PITTSBURGH, PA- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced award-winning comedian, author, and filmmaker Mike Birbigliabrings his all new comedy tour, Thank God For Jokes, to the Byham Theater on Thursday, March 20, at 7:30pm. This tour is presented by Steve Litman Presents.
Tickets ($33.25 - $38.25) are on sale now and can be purchased online at TrustArts.org , by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Groups of 10+, call 412-471-6930.
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Mike Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories in a show about jokes, and how they can get you in trouble. Join Birbiglia as he visits Cats-a-chusetts, argues with a stranger about her nut allergy, hosts an awards show for angry celebrities, and learns that Fozzie Bear is a tough act to follow. Ira Glass of public radio's This American Life writes "Birbiglia's stories are even funnier live than they are on the radio." Time Magazine calls Birbiglia "master of the personal, embarrassing tale."The New York Times describes him as a "supremely enjoyable monologist."
|Mike Birbiglia (Photo Credit: Brian Friedman)|
Over the past 12 years comedian Mike Birbiglia has developed a one-of-a-kind storytelling style in the world of standup comedy. Birbiglia’s recent off-Broadway hit, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show and was named a Critics Pick by The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York.
Following a successful New York run, Mike brought the show to more than 70 cities worldwide, including the Sydney Opera House, London’s Soho Theatre, and Carnegie Hall. The show was filmed in Seattle and debuted on Netflix; it was recently released on CD/DVD and on iTunes. Mike has made more than 40 network television appearances on shows including Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a regular contributor to the Peabody Award winning radio show This American Life. Birbiglia has released four albums, and both The Onion and USA Today named My Secret Public Journal Live one of “The Best Comedy Albums of the Decade.”
In 2012, Mike directed and starred in the feature film adaptation of his one-man show Sleepwalk with Me. The film won an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival, was released in theaters nationwide by IFC Films and was one of the top 3 most critically acclaimed comedies of the year on Rotten Tomatoes, with top critics rating it 87%. Currently Birbiglia is touring the country with his all-new show and planning his follow-up feature film. For more information about Mike Birbiglia and his 2014 tour schedule, visit birbigs.com.
ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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