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Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Thank God For Jokes’ (Likely) Headed To Netflix & 8 Other AMA Reveals

Does anyone know how to pronounce his name?

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“Don’t Think Twice”

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Occasioned by the recent release of “Don’t Think Twice,” Mike Birbiglia took to reddit for an AMA yesterday. The biggest reveal is that he’ll (hopefully) be filming a performance from his “Thank God for Jokes” tour for Netflix, though the comedian/actor/filmmaker had plenty else to say as well:


On the interplay between sadness and comedy: “I’m just trying to dig into the sadness and hopefully find some comedy so that hopefully you can too. I mean, that’s the goal. I’m doing my best.”


On people pronouncing his name wrong: “People keep telling me that local NPR ads for DON’T THINK TWICE keep saying ‘Mike Ber-Beehl-ia’s movie…’ etc. I think some names are never meant to be learned. Sincerely, Mike Birbigilbug”

READ MORE: SXSW 2016 Review: Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is a Wise Meditation on Improv Comedy

On the sometimes strange release schedule for independent films: “a lot of this stuff isn’t up to us. with indie film we’re all just hustling to get it as many places as we can.”


How he approached casting “Don’t Think Twice”: “chris and tami are my friends. i improvise w them at UCB a lot. keegan i was obsessed with from key and peele. same w micucci except w G & O. gillian was rec’d by lena dunham.”


On the MPAA’s rating system: “There’s a GREAT documentary about the MPAA called “This Film is Not Yet Rated.” For some reason the only way to get it is on Amazon for $62.”

READ MORE: Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Reveal Why Making ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is Even Harder Than Improv (Video)

The best part of acting on “Orange Is the New Black”: “meeting Yael Stone and Nick Sandow. Those guys RULE.”


What he dislikes about today’s comedy: “i think cleverness is overrated and heart is underrated. that’s why i love maria bamford and doug stanhope. i not only know what they think but how they FEEL. maybe that’s just me.”


On unintentionally making people laugh when he’s actually being serious: “This happens often. I constantly have to say, “I’m being serious. No really.””


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