Comedian and actor Mike Birbiglia to headline 2019 Fringe Competition – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle



Mike Birbiglia at Union Corridor, Park Slope, Brooklyn (Picture: Evan Sung)

This has been fairly every week for Mike Birbiglia, the comedian/actor/author/director who was introduced Tuesday because the comedy headliner for the 12-day 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Competition.

On Sunday, Birbiglia acquired the annual Drama Desk Award for solo efficiency, an honor recognizing his one-man Broadway present, “The New One,” his onstage admission that he is not fairly a stellar dad for his new daughter. 

The Drama Desk honor stands as proof of the emotional depths Birbiglia plumbs with the self-effacing but relatable comedy in “The New One.” Contemplate that different nominees included acclaimed British actress Carey Mulligan — referred to as by The New York Occasions “probably the most compelling stage actresses of her technology” — and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of two critically-praised collection, Fleabag and Killing Eve.

Birbiglia will carry out in Rochester on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Kodak Corridor at Eastman Theatre.

Onstage, Birbiglia seems an Everyman comedian, chatting amiably as if throughout the dinner desk. He admits his longtime love for jokes within the appropriately titled Netflix particular, “Thank God for Jokes.” However his willingness to sometimes wield a one-line quip, coupled along with his congenial next-door-neighbor persona, masks a sure quiet fervency to his comedy, and a push to make the most of that humor to make connections.

In that very same Netflix particular, he remembers and mourns the 2015 murders of a dozen employees with the French satire newspaper Charlie Hebdo by excessive Islamist terrorists. He points a name for civility, one thing far too uncommon lately.

Alongside along with his stand-up, Birbiglia performs throughout a number of platforms. He’s a frequent contributor to This American Life, is a New York Occasions best-selling creator, acts in exhibits as numerous as Orange Is The New Black and Ladies, and wrote, directed, and starred within the well-received movie, Do not Assume Twice, a few comedy improv troupe.

Tickets for the Fringe Competition present begin at $29 and can go on sale Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m. at and on the Eastman Theatre Field Workplace. (They are often bought by telephone at (585)274-3000; on-line at; or in particular person at 433 East Most important Road.)

“I’ve lengthy been an admirer of Mike Birbiglia’s model of observational comedy and I am completely thrilled to announce Birbigs as our 2019 comedy headliner,” mentioned Competition Producer Erica Charge, utilizing Birbiglia’s on-line deal with of “Birbigs.”

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The remaining 500-plus performances and occasions of the 2019 Fringe might be introduced on the the festivals “Massive Reveal” information convention on June 17 at 10:30 a.m. at George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre.

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