Ready for some laughs? If so, you’ve got to get a ticket to comedian Mike Birbiglia’s awesome new play, ‘Thank God For Jokes’. It’s playing in NYC Off-Broadway for a limited time only, and you WON’T want to miss it!
Thank God for Mike Birbiglia, who you may know from The Fault in Our Stars, Trainwreck, or Inside Amy Schumer. Now he’s taking Off-Broadway by storm for the third time with his new comedy play Thank God For Jokes. I had the pleasure of spending the evening at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York City with Mike and his hypnotic wit — here’s a recap!
If you haven’t heard of Mike Birbiglia before now, you’re in for a treat — he’s one of the most dynamic and insightful comedy storytellers alive, and his new Off-Broadway show is a bona fide showcase of his talent. Thank God For Jokes is 90 minutes of hilarious anecdotes, revolving around his traumatic/life-changing experience hosting The Gotham Independent Film Awards one year.
During his one-man show, Bigbiglia tackles jokes about allergies, God, and people who are late, as well as animal puns, the stress of doing yoga and why the Muppets aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. He also discusses the anatomy of jokes and what they mean to him, offering food for thought when it comes to whether it’s more important to be well-liked as a comedian, or true to oneself.
(In case the show doesn’t sound dynamic enough to you, he also mentions that he was once exiled to an airplane bathroom, suffers from a life-threatening sleep disorder and has talked to President Obama about poop.)
I laughed hard and fast throughout his show, but Birbiglia also explains joke-telling in such a real way that at times, the audience was stunned into silence. Birbiglia’s lesson is that someone will always be offended — a joke can’t exist otherwise — but I won’t ruin the whole thing for you. Thank God For Jokes has just been extended through May 29, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to check it out. You can get tickets here!
HollywoodLifers, will you go see Thank God For Jokes? Let me know!