Staff Pick: Mike Birbiglia rides hot streak

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From the March 13, 2014 edition

Standup comic Mike Birbiglia has long been one of the funniest people — winning handfuls of awards and producing excellent albums and TV specials — but he’s really on a hot streak in the last few years.

In 2011, he put on an award-winning one-man show in “My Girlfriend's Boyfriend.” Following that up, Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in “Sleepwalk with Me” in 2012, a powerful and hilarious indie about a comedian with a failing relationship and a career slump to go with a sleepwalking disorder.

While these accomplishments are significant, it’s Birbiglia’s standup that’s been his paramount talent. Armed with a sharp wit and a fantastic deadpan delivery, Birbiglia is a must-see performer.

Photo by Brian Friedman