Mike Birbiglia has always been a dreamer. In second grade, he won the “Author of the Month” award at St. Mary’s school in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts for his exceptional poetry. At the time, Mike‘s aspirations were to be a poet, a teacher, or the owner of a pizza restaurant where second graders could hang out. In the sixth grade, Mike wrote and performed a rap song for the graduation ceremony of the D.A.R.E. Program at St. Mary’s School. He decided at that point he was going to be a rapper, a breakdancer or the owner of a pizza restaurant where sixth graders could hang out. In high school, Mike began acting in school plays and started a sketch comedy group called “The Sickies.”
Birbiglia went on to Georgetown University, where, as a freshman, he was cast in the school’s improv troupe and won “The Funniest Man on Campus” contest. This earned Mike the chance to perform at the D.C. Improv, where he later honed his act for three years and dreamt of being a headlining comedian.
Upon graduation, Birbiglia took his act to New York City. In just one year, he broke into the city’s clubs, made three television appearances and was chosen to perform in the “New Faces” category of Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” Festival. What has uniquely captured audiences is his keen sense of optimism. Mike has fun and wants you to do the same.
Mike Birbiglia is a comedian and has reached one of his dreams, but he still has a few more to go. Now his aspirations are to be an author, a filmmaker and an owner of a pizza restaurant where 25-year-olds can hang out.
Mike‘s television credits include: Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and USO Comedy Tour, NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, Metro’s New Joke City, and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. He recently taped his own half hour special for Comedy Central.
Birbiglia currently lives in Greenwich Village and performs regularly at The Comic Strip Live and Caroline’s on Broadway. He also performs with the Littleman improv group at the UCB Theater.