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Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway
Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway
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Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway

New York, NY
Mike Birbiglia is back on Broadway for 75 minutes of nonstop laughter and stories.
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About Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway

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.

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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.

What to Watch For

  • The Old Man and the Pool takes its name from Ernest Hemingway's classic novel The Old Man and the Sea.
  • Birbiglia's most recent New York comedy venture was behind the scenes. He presented Alex Edelman's thrice-extended standup show Just For Us.
  • According to Birbiglia, there’s one similarity between The New One and The Old Man and the Pool: The former is about how he never wanted marriage and kids, but ended up reversing that. The latter deals with how he never wanted to enter a pool again, but ended up doing that, too.
  • Birbiglia has performed in movies and TV shows he hasn't written, like Billions, Girls, and The Fault in Our Stars. Maybe someday he'll act in a non-stand-up Broadway show!
  • Birbiglia isn't just a comedian, actor, writer, and director. He's also a podcast host (of Working It Out), a talk show host (he stepped in for Jimmy Fallon when he was out with COVID-19), and an author (he adapted The New One into a memoir).
  • “It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me!” Just before starting Broadway performances, Birbiglia made waves online with a cameo in Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero” music video. Coincidentally, Birbiglia is a kind of anti-hero in The Old Man and the Pool, undermining his own health.
Start date

October 28th, 2022

End date

January 15th, 2023

Genre

Broadway, Plays

Venue

Vivian Beaumont Theater - Lincoln Center Theater

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