Mike Birbiglia
If you’ve ever heard Mike Birbiglia’s stories on NPR’s This American Life, you’d probably agree with the New York Times’ assertion that the comedian is a “supremely enjoyable monologist.” What you might not realize is that Birbiglia is even funnier in person, and if you don’t believe us, just ask TAL host (and our personal hero) Ira Glass. Birbiglia has been touring the country with his latest show, Thank God for Jokes, which will make an area stop at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall on the campus of UC Davis on Dec. 10, 2014. Laugh your ass off as Birbiglia spins yarns about getting arrested in New Jersey, getting yelled at by a famous director and zombie rats (which sounds more scary than funny, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt). Los Angeles-based comic Henry Phillips, who’s been featured on Comedy Central Presents and Jimmy Kimmel Live, will open the night’s festivities. Tickets are $37 and can be purchased through Mondaviarts.org or Birbigs.com. If you’re planning on going, act fast! Birbiglia’s West Coast dates have been selling out.