Mike Birbiglia

Scenecast-logo1400When Tom Magliozzi died, I didn’t feel anything. Condolences were popping up on Facebook and Twitter, but I didn’t know who he was. Until I heard his voice. For decades, he was half of “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,” the fake names of two real brothers who hosted NPR’s Car Talk.

I knew exactly who he was. The sound of his voice carried with it so many memories. Of working on cars and tractors with my dad. Of painting houses with my brothers. Of trekking across the country on vacation with my family. Of stacking boxes during my summer job. I could repeat twenty jokes Tom told over the years and rattle off the fake credits at the end of his show without even trying. He was someone I had a strong connection with, and yet, I didn’t know his name and had never seen his face.

When Tom died in November, we’d already been developing the SceneCast for months. But his death reminded me of how powerful the spoken word can be. I invited him into my childhood, my teenage years and on vacation with my brother only a few weeks ago.

MBirbiglia-Hi-Res-Photo-Credit-Kyle-Ericksen-300dpi-webNow I want to invite you into Scene Magazine. I want you to be there when I interview Meghan Trainor. I want you to be there when I interview Kevin Costner. I want you to hear how Mark Wahlberg and Craig Robinson struggled to make it early in their careers, and how Mike Birbiglia treated our interview like it was a one-man show with a one-man audience.

Everyone at Scene wants you to hear how screenplays are written and movies are made. How sets are built and music is recorded. How actors stay in shape and films are financed. How to get a job in the entertainment industry and what you really need to study in school.

And we also want to talk about what’s actually worth watching! We want to share the music, movies, television series and more that are inspiring us. On the SceneCast, we’re going to talk about all of that, and we’re going to invite the entertainment industry into the conversation. You never know who’s going to pop up as a guest.

The best part is this: it’s free and you can take it with you. If you’ve got a smart phone, you can stream the SceneCast wherever you go. Take celebrity trainer Aaron Williamson with you while you’re at the gym. Take Shane West with you to Mardi Gras. Bring me, Beth Burvant and David Draper with you while shopping. Whether working, mowing the lawn or avoiding your in-laws, the SceneCast is the best way to get you through the day until you can get to the movie theater, or curled up on the couch to knock out some Netflix.

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Go to thescenecast.com to get started. We’re already there, eagerly awaiting you. So, listen up.


Current Scene cover Mike Birbiglia dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. The Sleepwalk With Me star can’t keep it together for three minutes before he has to exit stage left and reenter. Pretty funny stuff. You can read our exclusive interview with Birbiglia in the current issue of Scene Magazine or online here.

Birbiglia also gave a web exclusive to The Tonight Show talking about his first summer job. Check out the video below.


Mike Birbiglia Prays for Laughs

by Micah Haley on July 1, 2014

MBirbiglia-Hi-Res-Photo-Credit-Kyle-Ericksen-300dpi-webThis article originally ran in the July/August 2014 issue of Scene Magazine.

One of the greatest comics of his generation, Mike Birgbilia is redefining comedy. With a disarmingly relaxed delivery, Birbiglia lures in audiences, telling semibiographical tales of an average American life that bloom into hilarious but meaningful truisms.

In 2008, Birbiglia opened his one-man show Sleepwalk with Me off-Broadway. It was presented by Tony Award-winning stage and screen actor Nathan Lane. He also began regularly contributing to This American Life, a syndicated radio show hosted by Ira Glass. The two coinciding events propelled Birbiglia into the mainstream.

After three Comedy Central specials, Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in his first feature film. Based on his one-man show of the same name, Sleepwalk with Me quickly became a festival darling after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Two years removed, the film stands as a modern comedy masterpiece comprised of surrealism and sentimentality.

We spoke over the phone before his live show in New Orleans at the Civic Theatre.

MH: Mike, what’s going on?
MB: Not much. I’m just getting ready to go to the dentist. Yeah, I’m dreading that. I’m getting a filling.

MH: Oh man! That is a nightmare.
MB: I know. I’m really not looking forward to that. And it’s like the dentist is one of those things where, like I went last week and they did a check on my teeth and then, they’re like, “You need a filling.” And because I have so little knowledge of anything to do with my teeth, all I can do is be like, “Yep whatever you say! Have your way with my teeth!” Because you don’t know. You don’t have any base of knowledge about teeth.

MH: I had a friend who went to the dentist the other day and after he left, he got a text message from the dentist that said, “Feel free to text me any time. If you have a problem.”
MB: Wow.

MH: He was really creeped out.
MB: That is really forthcoming. I had a thing with my urologist recently. Where I had a symptom. A urological symptom. I had like a pins and needles thing in my urethra. And I made an appointment but it wasn’t for like a few weeks. I was like, “Wait, but this might be serious.” And so I emailed the doctor because I had his email from going a few years ago. I was like, “Hey. This is the most graphic email I’ve ever written and the most personal thing I’ve ever written. I have this pins and needles sensation blah blah blah and then he wrote back like, “Shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll see you in a few weeks.” And then he cc’d in someone else. A third party. And I was like, “No, no you can’t do that.” That’s like the most personal info. You can’t take someone’s most personal email and then introduce another party without asking permission.

MH: Yeah, that’s like breaking the code. Can’t break the code.
MB: Exactly.

MH: Have you been to New Orleans before?
MB: No, I’m thrilled to come to New Orleans. Pretty sure I’m gonna bring my father-in law, my wife’s dad, who loves New Orleans and has been a ton of times. I’m trying to convince him to come down. I’ve never been there, and I’m very excited about it.

Mike-Birbiglia-1-Photo-Credit-Brian-Friedman-web photo by Brian Friedman

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