Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

 (94)8.01 h 15 min201318+
Mike Birbiglia shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and misunderstandings. On this painfully honest but hilarious journey, Birbiglia struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible to find: love.
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Mike Birbiglia
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Michael A.Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
More of a large story arc rather than just a bunch of one-liners if that's what you're into
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I saw this when it first came to Netflix years ago and it is still one of my favorite stand-up routines/specials. It is humble and genuine but also funny (in my opinion.) Mike has cut out his own path in comedy with his somewhat awkward and self-deprecating jokes and this special just highlights his ability to tell really long, a lot of times sad, stories in a funny way. I would at least give it a chance if I were you. You might be surprised just how much a comedy routine will actually affect you in a personal way.
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Curtis K.Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019
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Watch Thank God for Jokes First
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Personally Mike is my #1 favorite comedian over John Mulaney as my #2 (give you an idea of my humor). This is my favorite act of his because it's really ahead of it's time in my opinion... watching stand up has never felt so intimate. With that being said if you are new to him I'd recommend watching his newer act "Thank God for Jokes" it's more light hearted and I guarantee you'll love it. I say this one is ahead of it's time because that "intimate" feeling I was referring to might not always be what you're looking for in stand up... this one might be better if you're already a fan. As a fan it's by far my favorite.
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Melissa HensleyReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2019
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A Perfect Mash-Up of "The Moth Radio Hour" & NYT's "Modern Love"
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Mike Birbiglia is a master story teller, mining everyday life for comedy gold, and it is an aural treat to follow him on his twisting, turning, sometimes torturous, path to finding love at last.

Highly recommended for those who love "This American Life" and "The Moth Radio Hour."
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seekingtruthReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2019
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Stunningly Honest Comedy
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I was absolutely amazed at the level of honesty this comedian displayed to a live audience. I've never seen such a mixture of honest vulnerability and comedic delivery... Ever!
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K HansenReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020
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Birbiglia's brilliant! I loved this. He is such a masterful storyteller. I can't wait to look up his next show!
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whatithinkisReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2020
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I really like MB
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I hadn't seen this performance and was just 'filling in' the line up by watching this, seven years later, in 2020. I gotta say I am struck dumb by how totally excellent this man's work is. It is beyond comedy and that is why I'm giving it, and him, 5 out of five stars for a perfect performance. What a talent.
Casey JohnsonReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Used to be funnier
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I feel like Mike Birbiglia is almost doing motivational speaking now, and not stand-up. And his message is “You should get married.”
_Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2013
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Master of Pensive Self-Deprecation
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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.
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