From my journal in November 2009 (back during the Texas years): "Derrick and I had a wonderful weekend in Austin. We went to see Mike Birbiglia’s stand-up comedy act. . . . I had not laughed that hard in a long time. Birbiglia’s humor is nerdy and self-deprecating, so we achieved resonance. Good times."
And the sentiment holds -- so much so that Derrick and I discovered last night that we had both independently ordered Mike's latest iteration, "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," for each other for Christmas. Moreover, while browsing through Netflix offerings the other day, I happened to notice that the routine was available there. Therefore, we decided to go ahead and watch it yesterday (why deny oneself when instant gratification is an option?). So we'll keep one copy and I'll regift the other to my best friend from college. And probably order more for my parents.
Nothing in Mike's material seems contrived; his humor is genuine and authentic. Reliving Mike's endearing escapades makes me embrace my status as a card-carrying (and possibly quasi-awkward) introvert. He is still as casual and relatably human as ever while managing to make people think. (And having escaped the ideological quantum singularity that is Texas, I appreciated Mike's remarks about the homeland.)
"My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" is a great gift for anyone who needs or appreciates levity. I'm sure the audio version would be funny, but for the full effect I suggest going for the DVD. Mike's mannerisms and movements add much to the hilarity. I hope he comes to the DC area soon. Even Spock would laugh. Once again, good times.