Dive into Mike Birbiglia's latest comedy show, The Old Man and the Pool, that’s making a splash in New York this fall. Get Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool tickets on TodayTix.
Four years after sharing his journey to fatherhood in his last Broadway show, The New One, Birbiglia is back to share another milestone: coming of middle age. With his signature blend of punchline jokes and comedic storytelling, Birbiglia inspires audiences young and old to find the humor in dark moments and ride the waves life gives you, even if that means swimming into scary waters. Or a scary YMCA pool.
The Old Man and the Pool promises “waves of laughs” (New York Theatre Guide) in this show that’s “baked to golden perfection” (The New York Times). But Birbiglia is only here for a good time, not a long time, so get your tickets now before The Old Man and the Pool in New York ends January 15.
October 28th, 2022
January 15th, 2023
293 reviews on Show-Score
By: Mike Birbiglia
Director: Seth Barrish
Cast list: Mike Birbiglia
Design: Beowulf Boritt
Costumes: Toni-Leslie James
Lighting: Aaron Copp
Sound: Kai Harada
Other info: Projection design by Hana S. Kim
Wheelchair access, closed captioning, assistive listening
In The Old Man and the Pool, when Birbiglia's doctor says he's inherited his family's history of heart problems, the doctor also tells him ways to lessen the effects. Only problem is: Birbiglia is initially reluctant to do them. Eating healthy is no fun, and exercising, particularly swimming, means getting back into a pool, which he swore off after one encounter at a YMCA in his childhood. He's left to contemplate his own mortality and share his findings, humorously, with all of us.
Birbiglia was on Broadway once previously in The New One, another autobiographical show about becoming a father. That show received critical acclaim and was filmed for Netflix. Birbiglia's other comedy specials, including Sleepwalk With Me, Thank God for Jokes, and My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, are also on Netflix, and he's performed them in Off-Broadway theatres as well.
Behind the scenes, Birbiglia has written and directed Don't Think Twice and a feature film adaptation of Sleepwalk With Me, starring in both as well.
For The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway, Birbiglia has handed the directorial reins to Seth Barrish, who directed previous productions of Birbiglia's show in Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Chicago.
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