Monday, October 17, 2011

Basic Book Review: Mike Birbiglia

I have been meaning to write a review of Mike Birbiglia's memoir, Sleepwalk with Me, and Other Painfully True Stories, for a long time. I read it a few months ago, and it's totally good.

Mike Birbiglia has been one of my favorite comedians for a long time. When I bought his book, I was a little worried that I would find it disappointing, because often times comedy memoirs can be lame and underwhelming. I was pleased to find out that the book was a quality read. Mike Birbiglia is a good storyteller, and he's hilarious.

The book intertwines some of Birbiglia's stand-up material with embarrassing/interesting coming-of-age tales, including ones about his family and romantic relationships. He also writes about his comedy career--how he got started, what it was like on the road, his influences, his experience on the college circuit, etc. That was my favorite part of the book. I love reading about that sort of thing.

Basically, this is a really great book for comedians and non-comedians. I'm pretty sure most people would find it amusing. I know I had a smile on my face every time I read it, and it made me feel happy and inspired.

One more thing: I met Mike Birbiglia once, and he was friendly. We shook hands.

Also, watch that documentary, The Cove, on Netflix instant. That movie will make you hate Dolphin fisherman.

Also, watch the entire Shogun miniseries, starring Richard Chamberlain. Great actor, great chest hair. A lot of beheadings.