Aging is no fun.
The pain, the pain, the hair in places you never expected.
Instead of despairing, comedian Mike Birbiglia analyzes his coming-of-middle-age story on Broadway.
In his new 75-minute one-person show, The Old Man and the Pool, Birbiglia digs humor into touchy subjects like life, death and heavily chlorinated YMCA pools.
Best of all, you can still see this lively New York Times Critic’s Pick.
Birbiglia’s The Old Man and the Pool runs seven times a week at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater from now through January 15.
At the time of publication, tickets for most November shows start at $158 before Vivid Seats fees.
However, savvy buyers can buy in advance for December performances and snag seats for just $93 before fees.
If you’re hoping to get closer to the action, you can find lower seats in the $150 range before Vivid Seats fees for shows after December 1st.
All prices are subject to fluctuations.
Anyway, Birbiglia made it known Twitter that you have a good view of the stage from all 1,100 seats in the hall.
A full calendar with upcoming show dates, start times and links to purchase tickets in Birbiglia can be found here.
Celebrity Sightings on “The Old Man and the Pool”
Aside from seeing Birbiglia on stage, you might spot the odd celebrity in the crowd.
Tom Hanks, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, Jim Gaffigan and Nathan Lane have all attended recent performances, according to Birbiglia’s Instagram.
We can’t guarantee anything, but we know the best way to find out is by watching live.
Mike Birbiglia Taylor Swift’s music video
Birbiglia, 44, is not just a comedian.
Known for roles in movies he’s directed like Sleepwalk With Me and Don’t Think Twice, the prankster has an extensive IMDb covering projects as diverse as Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black or Broad City” and Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck”.
However, his most famous role to date is his most recent appearance in Taylor Swift’s music video for her new song “Anti-Hero”.
In the five-minute video, Birbiglia plays Swift’s future son, Preston, reading his mother’s fictional will to his brother (“Search Party” John Early) and Swift’s daughter-in-law (“Santa Clarita Diet” Mary Elizabeth Ellis).
Want to see Swift live?
Here you can snag tickets for their extended 50-concert “Eras” stadium tour in 2023.
You can see the stylish yet absurd video here or below.
Here’s how to watch Mike Birbiglia’s specials
The Old Man and the Pool is Birbiglia’s fifth major special that he has released.
If you want to do your homework and catch up on all of Birbiglia’s specials before heading to the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Midtown NYC, you can find his first four on Netflix.
We have described below how you can do this.
“What I Should Have Said Was Nothing: Stories From My Secret Public Diary” (2008)
“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” (2011)
“Thank God for Jokes” (2017)
“The New One” (2019)
Mike Birbiglia’s Working It Out Podcast
How did Birbiglia edit all his pre-The Old Man and the Pool jokes? That’s a great question, and he fully and thoroughly answers it on his Working It Out podcast.
Birbiglia launched the show in June 2020 and it is now over 80 episodes deep.
On each show, he and another comedian or creative discuss projects they’re trying to work out and help Birbiglia fine-tune his own material.
Past guests include Drew Barrymore, Bill Hader, David Sedaris, Quinta Brunson and Jimmy Kimmel.
You can listen to the entire archive of the show here.
Mike Birbiglia on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show”
Prior to the premiere of The Old Man and the Pool, Birbiglia appeared on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show.
In their eight-minute chat, the two discuss life, death, jokes, Taylor Swift (of course) and audience reactions to Birbiglia’s Broadway show.
Watch the clip below.
Mike Birbiglia’s new book The New One: Painfully True Stories From A Reluctant Dad
Following the success of Birbiglia’s fourth special, The New One, the comic actor wrote his second book, Painfully True Stories of a Reluctant Father.
Birbiglia, who co-wrote the novel with his wife J. Hope Stein, has received rave reviews since its publication.
Hamilton star and author Lin Manuel Miranda praised the comic memoir, saying, “Life isn’t the same after you have kids. It is delusional to claim otherwise. But Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein not only survived, they’re making their most hilarious and truthful art yet. This book could save your best friend’s life.”
You can purchase The New One here.
The Old Man and the Pool opening act
The New York Post reached out to the Vivian Beaumont Theater and confirmed that there is no opening act for the show.
Birbiglia’s one-person show will begin and end with him.
More comedians on tour in 2022 and 2023
Not many comedians are exclusive to Broadway. In fact, many often play throughout North America.
So if you don’t have the luxury of seeing Birbiglia in New York City, fear no more.
You can still see these five hilarious comics on the streets this year and next.
• Jerry Seinfeld
• Adam Sandler
• Kevin Hart
• Chris Rock
• Sebastian Maniscalco
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