Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out

By Mike Birbiglia

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Marie D
 Jun 10, 2021
This pod has great guests and the conversation is always fascinating, even if I am unfamiliar with Mike's guest. If you are interested in the craft of comedy, you need to listen! If you're not, it is always entertaining and wicked funny!


 Jul 21, 2020

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Comedian Mike Birbiglia welcomes a different comedian or creator each week and together they work out original, untested material. And, occasionally, uncomfortable topics. Join them as they work it out.

Episode Date
60. Rosebud Baker: Addicted to Comedy
57:36

Rosebud Baker can make anything funny. She has jokes about the tragic death of her sister, her own struggles with addiction, and why nurses seem to be a little too cocky. Mike and Rose kick around jokes about what to do when your Uber is filling up with water, how much urine is in a public pool, and why some of us marry our dads. All that, and a story about toasting a U.S. president when she was a kid.

https://www.safehorizon.org/

Nov 29, 2021
Bill Hader: This Episode Has It All
01:11:10

Mike has just announced new tour dates. Tickets at birbigs.com This episode has it all. Bill’s time at SNL. Bill’s time at South Park. Bill’s work at Pixar. Bill’s impression of Mike and Mike’s impression of Bill. Bill’s collaboration with Mulaney and Bill’s discussion of craft in co-creating and writing and acting on the Emmy award-winning HBO hit “Barry.” It’s got jokes. It’s got stories. It even has a moment when Mike forces Bill to compare himself to The Beatles.

https://www.everytown.org/

Nov 22, 2021
59. Alex Edelman: A Jewish Person Walks Into a Meeting of White Supremacists
54:31

In December Mike presents Alex’s Edelman’s solo show, "Just for Us" off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre. It's an award-winning comedy in which Alex (who is Jewish) tells the story of being accidentally invited to a gathering of white nationalists & then what happened when he…showed up. Mike & Alex crack open that story as well as working out jokes about rollerblading into museums, why Socrates had a hard time at parties, & how texting the tooth fairy can backfire.

https://www.childrensdefense.org/

Nov 15, 2021
Hasan Minhaj: Sometimes Living Through History... Sucks
01:03:44

Mike just announced 22 performances in Berkeley, California. Tickets at birbigs.com. Today we’re re-airing one of our favorites. Mike and Hasan are friends who share a love for the interweaving of jokes and stories. Hasan teases possible stories for his current national tour and next special. The conversation goes from macro to micro to personal to global.

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Nov 08, 2021
58. Jimmy Carr: Life Is Better With Laughter
58:06

Legendary British comedian Jimmy Carr begins his conversation with Mike by saying, “I wrote a book in lock-down because it was that or a podcast and I figured a book would be more dignified.” This begins an hour-long chat between friends that jumps from jokes to roasts to a genuine and vulnerable discussion of how laughter has the power to heal us.

https://www.smcyouthwork.org/

Nov 01, 2021
Sarah Silverman: A Hard Comedy Reset
01:06:28

First, CALIFORNIA TOUR NEWS— Berkeley Repertory Theatre residency goes on sale this week! Also, this week we re-air one of our all time favorite episodes. Mike is a huge admirer of Sarah Silverman and in this episode Sarah brings jokes, stories, and answers to tough questions like, “Why do so many of our comedian friends die young?” Sarah’s also shares a priceless memory of Joan Rivers and a story from when Sarah was a kid that is so insane that you actually have to hear it.

https://www.kiva.org/

Oct 25, 2021
57. Stephen Colbert: Laughter As An Act Of Love
01:16:45

Fresh off his Emmy win (with stage companion Conan O’Brien) Stephen Colbert joins Mike for a discussion of comedy, anxiety, and why he’ll never run for Senate. He explains that the reason he loves improv is that there’s nothing like failing with someone else and laughing about it with your scene partner, and he explains why Bill O’Reilly was never his scene partner.

https://somosamigos.org/

Oct 18, 2021
Conan O'Brien: It's His Birthday, Celebrate Him
01:14:47

Mike welcomes his comedy idol and former boss Conan O’Brien whose hit podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” prompted Mike to demand that they actually be friends and that Conan come on Mike’s podcast. What results is a magical discussion of Conan’s early political aspirations, why the class clown never becomes a professional clown, and the contagiousness of the Irish accent.

 

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Oct 11, 2021
56. Atsuko Okatsuka: Her Life Should Be a Movie
52:21

Atsuko Okatsuka makes comedy videos featuring her grandmother & her husband, which Mike is convinced should be a feature film. The two comedians discuss Atsuko’s move from Japan at age 10, her grandmother’s run-in with a praying mantis, and why Mike might end up making a cameo in Atsuko’s feature film singing “Amazing Grace.” Earnestly.

https://downtownwomenscenter.org/

Oct 04, 2021
55. Sterlin Harjo: Comedy From Tragedy and Reservation Dogs
01:05:16

Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo co-created the smash comedy hit Reservation Dogs for FX about four Indigenous teenagers growing up on a reservation in Oklahoma. Sterlin tells Mike about the time he accidentally taped over someone's wedding video while applying to the Sundance Film Lab. He also discusses Native representation in film & how his new series may represent some sense of hope. Many laughs. Many challenging topics. A little backstrap.

https://wellforculture.com/

Sep 27, 2021
54. Phoebe Robinson: Is She a Writer? Oh Yes, She Is
51:14

The last time Phoebe Robinson and Mike hung out, they were waiting to be picked up by an Uber on the side of a highway after their tour bus broke down. In this episode, they discuss Phoebe’s third book, "Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes,” the eternal question "to prenup or not to prenup," and why Mike was qualified to be a token white guy on Phoebe's "Sooo Many White Guys" podcast.

https://www.girlswritenow.org/

Sep 20, 2021
Natasha Lyonne: No F**kin’ Around
01:00:07

Mike welcomes the great Natasha Lyonne, co-creator and star of the hit Netflix series Russian Doll. Natasha opens up about her own process as well as the best advice she’s received. Natasha holds Mike’s feet the fire about his new material—so he scraps his prepared jokes for some personal stories he wasn’t planning to tell. This episode is like planning your own funeral, which is also discussed. Don’t miss it.

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Sep 13, 2021
53. Pete Holmes Returns: Paperback Pete and His Soft Body
55:16

Mike welcomes back one of our most beloved guests, Pete Holmes, to celebrate the paperback release of The New One. Pete has a lot to say about hardcovers, hardbodies, and how his father asks him questions just he so can answer them himself. Mike calls this "an expert's edition" of Working It Out because the slow round and the new material all swirl into one singular soft serve ice cream comedy cone.

https://cac.org/

Sep 03, 2021
52. Randall Park: His Superpower is Turtle Figurines
52:43

Randall Park has brought his one of a kind comedic approach to Trainwreck, Fresh Off the Boat, Veep, and the Marvel Universe. Randall reveals how he and Ali Wong scored the Keanu Reeves cameo for their film "Always Be My Maybe." Mike shares a dark version of the children’s joke “Why was 6 afraid of 7?” and Randall explains why collecting turtle figurines is indeed a skill.

https://www.kulturecity.org/

Aug 29, 2021
51. Jim Gaffigan: We Met in 1997 at a Pizzeria
01:02:51

Mike met Jim Gaffigan in 1997 when he cold-called Jim’s landline. They went out for, of course, pizza and Jim gave him advice that Mike has not only used but also shares with others. The two comics discuss the insanity of charging large pizza prices for mediums size gourmet pies, deciding not to curse on stage, and what happens when a non-political comedian has had enough. It’s Jim Gaffigan like you’ve never heard him before.

https://www.theimaginesociety.org/

Aug 23, 2021
Nikki Glaser: The Taylor Swift of Comedy
01:00:27

Prolific, raw, and hilarious comic Nikki Glaser shares childhood memories of her mom in the Slow Round that she’s not yet willing to tell on stage but is willing to say on a podcast. Nikki and Mike both admit that their level of honesty with even their own diaries doesn’t hit 100%. Nikki declares herself the Taylor Swift of comedy and Mike declares himself the Springsteen. This episode is raw and honest and funny.

https://www.strayrescue.org/

Aug 16, 2021
50. Kate Micucci: Don't Think Thrice
59:34

For the 50th episode Mike welcomes Kate Micucci, another member of the “Don’t Think Twice” cast. Kate is one half of the folk comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates and her creative talents stretch from music to acting to visual art. Kate shares some of her latest cartoons-in-progress and the two friends go deep on postpartum depression and its lesser known cousin “post-artum depression.“ The episode goes from silly to serious to nostalgic the way the best friendships do.

https://826national.org/

Aug 09, 2021
49. Keegan-Michael Key: Schmigadon't Think Twice
01:00:54

In 2015 Mike filmed “Don’t Think Twice” where Keegan-Michael Key played a guy who got cast on a fictional version of SNL. This year Keegan hosted the *actual* SNL in a delightful case of life imitating art imitating life. Today Keegan and Mike nerd out about live sketches vs. filmed Key and Peele sketches, the wisdom of Robert Deniro, and how Keegan seems to be able to do anything, including his most recent role in the new musical comedy series Schmigadoon!

https://rfkhumanrights.org/

Aug 02, 2021
48. Judd Apatow Returns: Judd Has Notes
01:08:01

Judd Apatow recently saw Mike's entire new show in progress, and he's got a lot of feedback. As they break apart Judd's notes, they veer into topics like dark joy vs. light joy, why we exercise, and how many days per week it's appropriate to eat ice cream. Plus, Mike details a serious argument he had with his daughter Oona about dinosaurs. This episode is an all-timer. Judd and Mike are truly working it out.

https://826national.org/

Jul 26, 2021
Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis Meets Mid-Life Crisis
59:18

Today we re-air one of our all time favorites: Mike’s conversation with comedy prodigy Taylor Tomlinson, a wildly prolific joke writer and star of her own Netflix special “Quarter-life Crisis.” Mike and Taylor are both announcing their live tours. Mike just announced a show in Milwaukee as well as a 3rd show in Denver along with shows in Bellmore, Cape Cod, New Haven, Philadelphia, Austin, Boston, Chicago, & Madison. Dig into this episode. Many laughs. Many confessions.

https://www.lafoodbank.org/

Jul 19, 2021
47. Malcolm Gladwell: 10,000 Hours of Jokes
01:16:05

You can hear the excitement in Mike's voice as he welcomes legendary author Malcolm Gladwell, host of Revisionist History & author of Outliers as well as his latest The Bomber Mafia. Malcolm brings Gladwellian theory to why the re-telling of jokes is never as funny. They riff on evil golf courses, evil search engines, & where that YMCA pool smell might actually come from. Even Malcolm’s mom Joyce makes a cameo. This may just be the tipping point for Working It Out.

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Jul 12, 2021
46. Brie Larson: Captain Marvel Helps Captain Jokes
54:03

Mike is joined this week by Academy Award-winning actor Brie Larson whose films range from Captain Marvel to Room as well as Trainwreck, where her character Kim is married to Mike’s character Tom. Mike bounces jokes off of Brie about people on the internet being angry and vocal about Mike and Brie’s characters being a married couple. The result is hilarious, honest, and ultimately lands on Brie’s joke advice that just might work! In this universe!

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Jul 05, 2021
45. Neal Brennan: The Comedy Whisperer
01:03:57

Before they became comedians, Mike and Neal both got their start working the door at different comedy clubs. Now, they sit down for a discussion of what it was like for Neal to co-create Chapelle’s Show, and the best advice that Neal received from Chris Rock on his hit Netflix special, “3 Mics.” Plus, new material about protesting yourself, macaroni and a powder intended to represent cheese, and how apologies can feel like a fade-away jump shot. Please allow Mike and Neal to show you to your seats.

https://txcivilrights.org/

Jun 28, 2021
Roy Wood Jr: From Birmingham to The Daily Show to Broadway?
54:52

Mike and Roy teamed up to raise money for comedy club waitstaffs with “Tip Your Waitstaff.” Now they work on jokes about gin vomit, stealing fancy jeans, and why being a Daily Show correspondent could put you in more hot water than having a criminal record. The episode touches on regret, redemption, and lands in an unexpected place when Mike asks Roy if he’d consider letting Mike produce his one person show. Don’t miss this one.

 

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Jun 21, 2021
44. Sarah Silverman: A Hard Comedy Reset
01:06:05

Mike is a huge admirer of Sarah Silverman and in this episode Sarah brings jokes, stories, and answers to tough questions like, “Why do so many of our comedian friends die young?” Along the way they discuss “coke lyrics,” Sarah’s priceless memory of Joan Rivers, and a story from when Sarah was a kid that is so insane that you actually have to hear it.

https://www.kiva.org/

Jun 14, 2021
43. Bill Hader: This Episode Has It All
01:12:01

This episode has it all. Bill’s time at SNL. Bill’s time at South Park. Bill’s work at Pixar. Bill’s impression of Mike and Mike’s impression of Bill. Bill’s collaboration with Mulaney and Bill’s discussion of craft in co-creating and writing and acting on the Emmy award-winning HBO hit “Barry.” It’s got jokes. It’s got stories. It even has a moment when Mike forces Bill to compare himself to The Beatles. If that’s not enough, today (June 7) is Bill's birthday.

https://www.everytown.org/

Jun 07, 2021
42. Quinta Brunson: Flinging Cats, Lovingly
52:15

This week Mike welcomes Quinta Brunson, the comedian, actor, and writer who blew up from her “He Got Money” memes and viral videos. She has since pivoted into mainstream success as one of the stars of HBO’s “Black Lady Sketch Show” along with roles in “Big Mouth” and as the author of her new book “She Memes Well.” The two discuss the loss of their mutual friend Kevin, the concept of “friend contracts,” and why we fling cats because we love cats.

https://mutualaidphilly.com/en/

May 31, 2021
The Lucas Bros: Oscar Nominated, Podcast Celebrated
01:03:58

Since this episode first aired Keith & Kenny released the film "Judas and the Black Messiah" which earned them an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Screenplay. This episode alternates between utterly serious & supremely silly. They discuss their moving essay "Our Brother Kaizen" as well as jokes about writing a will and meeting Will Smith. They also discuss the loss of their friend Kevin Barnett & how it led to the Lucas’ sobriety after years being self-described stoners.

https://ysrp.org/

May 24, 2021
41. Jack Antonoff: Jokes Are The Melodies Of Comedy
01:05:17
May 18, 2021
40. Aisling Bea: The Right Amount of a Bit Much
56:42
May 10, 2021
39. Nish Kumar: The Sidekick Soliloquy
01:01:44

This week Mike is joined by British comic Nish Kumar and they discuss Brexit, the craft behind building a one person show, and the time Nish was told by a heckler to “go home” when he was pretty close to his home. Nish divulges his lifelong goal to not be Batman or even Robin, but rather the other guy. The sidekick of the sidekick. Find out why Nish should be everyone’s hero.

https://helprefugees.org/choose-love/

May 03, 2021
Bowen Yang: How Do You Write a Sketch For SNL?
59:10

Bowen Yang joins Mike this week for an episode that is as hilarious as it is honest. Listen as Bowen and Mike discuss everything from gay conversion therapy and googling yourself to high school theatre fails and psychedelic shrooms. Bowen and Mike work out standup bits and potential sketches you may be seeing on SNL soon. Plus, Mike announces his “Working It Outside” tour in May!

https://sites.google.com/view/chfgma-org/home

Apr 26, 2021
38. Conan O'Brien: It's His Birthday, Celebrate Him
01:16:27

Mike welcomes his comedy idol and former boss Conan O’Brien whose hit podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” prompted Mike to demand that they actually be friends and that Conan come on Mike’s podcast. What results is a magical discussion of Conan’s early political aspirations, why the class clown never becomes a professional clown, and the contagiousness of the Irish accent.

https://www.corunummealcenter.org/

Apr 18, 2021
37. Jo Firestone: Onomatopizza and the Fyrestone Fest
58:22

In anticipation of this week’s “Worldwide Comedy Pizza Party” Mike welcomes one of the most uniquely funny people alive and the two comics go deep on deep dish. Jo explains her controversial take on eating pizza crust first and builds on Mike’s already over the top “onomatopizza” pun. Along the way Jo tells the story of the time she put on a comedy festival at a carwash at 8 o’clock in the morning and why she ordered 30 pizzas for the audience. Podcast is served.

https://www.iamwomankind.org/

Apr 12, 2021
36. Gary Gulman: The Joke Nerd Summit You've Been Waiting For
53:33

These two comedy nerds discuss the elements of math, science, art, and music that go into constructing the perfect joke as they trade collected wisdom about writing from Steve Martin, Mary Karr, Robert Lowell, Philip Roth, and Anne Lamott. They also dig into the rule of 3s, growing up in Massachusetts, the difference between “book smahrt” and “street smaht” and how Gary turned tragedy into comedy in his hit HBO special, “The Great Depresh.”

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Apr 05, 2021
Hannah Gadsby: Solo Shows and Spectrum Gazelles with a Master of the Craft
52:35

Mike discusses Hannah's award winning Netflix special “Nanette,” her new special “Douglas” and together they dig deep into the solo show process and how her new show may end up including a “spectrum gazelle.”

Sponsored by Samuel Adams.

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Mar 29, 2021
35. Fred Armisen: The Secret Comedy Rules of Portlandia and SNL
48:41

Mike and Fred have a candid chat about the secret rules of Portlandia and the comedy writing lessons of SNL. Fred describes how they arrived at the title for “Portlandia” and Mike describes how he arrived at his brand new solo show title that he debuts in this episode. All that and Fred shares his Mike Birbiglia impression, his Ira Glass impression, and explains why a parody of This American Life doesn’t quite work on SNL.

https://www.sweetrelief.org/

Mar 22, 2021
34. Aubrey Plaza: A Four-Quadrant Superstar
01:00:25

Aubrey Plaza is a beloved comedic actor for her role as April on Parks & Rec & many acclaimed indie films including "Black Bear" which she not only starred in but also produced. The two discuss their shared love of indie film, Aubrey’s gloriously awkward talk show appearances, & why she'd make the perfect Oscars host. We learn who makes Aubrey laugh, advice she got from Amy Poehler, & how having a stroke at age 19 put her life in perspective. All that plus new pizza jokes!

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Mar 15, 2021
33. Nathan Lane: He Deserves Special Treatment
53:20

Mike is joined by Broadway legend Nathan Lane who just so happened to have changed Mike’s life 13 years ago. 1 month after they met Nathan was the witness for Mike’s wedding at City Hall…and then 4 months after *that* Nathan presented Mike’s off-Broadway debut Sleepwalk With Me. Nathan has hilarious stories about working with Matthew Broderick on The Producers and Mike Nichols on The Birdcage as well as insightful notes on the newest material for Mike’s next show.

https://broadwaycares.org/

Mar 08, 2021
Pete Holmes: What Podcast Would Jesus Listen To?
51:37

In anticipation of Pete’s March 24th appearance at the Worldwide Comedy Pizza Party (tickets at birbigs.com) we are re-airing one of the most popular episodes we’ve ever done. The highlights? Pete does a pitch perfect impersonation of Mike and Mike feels comfortable asking Pete for advice about Jesus. These two old friends crack each other up and try out a ton of new jokes.
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Mar 01, 2021
32. Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis Meets Mid-Life Crisis
58:31

Taylor Tomlinson is only 27 and already has her own hit comedy special on Netflix called “Quarter-life Crisis.” Mike bonds with this prolific joke writer over her unique introduction into comedy when her dad signed the two of them up for a stand-up comedy class at church when she was 16. Mike and Taylor have a candid talk about panic attacks, therapy, and comedians resenting other comedians for the right and wrong reasons. Many jokes. Many laughs. Many confessions.

https://www.lafoodbank.org/

Feb 22, 2021
31. The Sklar Brothers: How to Say I Love You, Freshly
01:05:57

Mike welcomes the great Randy and Jason Sklar as they trade jokes about how to say I love you to your parents without sounding like you’re in the Mafia, the difference between outsourcing and ‘Mom-sourcing,’ grandmothers owning sex robots, and what it really means to go skiing with Joe Bags. Listen as these three joke nerds come together and create bits in real time.

https://www.youngstorytellers.com/

Feb 15, 2021
30. Nikki Glaser: The Taylor Swift of Comedy
01:00:25

Prolific, raw, and hilarious comic Nikki Glaser shares childhood memories of her mom in the Slow Round that she’s not yet willing to tell on stage but is willing to say on a podcast. Nikki and Mike both admit that their level of honesty with even their own diaries doesn’t hit 100%. Nikki declares herself the Taylor Swift of comedy and Mike declares himself the Springsteen. This episode is raw and honest and funny.

https://www.strayrescue.org/

Feb 08, 2021
Jacqueline Novak: 50 Ways to Get Eaten By the Garage Door
58:24

Jacqueline and Mike have toured together for years and Mike recently produced Jacqueline’s Off-Broadway hit Get On Your Knees. They get nerdy on joke structure: setups, punchlines, tags and secants. They also dig into memories of Jacqueline’s childhood friend getting eaten by a garage door and what “blinking man" means at a crosswalk. Find out why Mike concludes the episode by saying “You must be the first repeat guest!”

https://thelovelandfoundation.org/loveland-therapy-fund/

Feb 01, 2021
29. Frank Oz: Frank Being Frank
01:07:34

Yoda. Miss Piggy. The Muppets Take Manhattan. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. These are just a few entries in the IMDB of Frank Oz. Mike welcomes the show business legend for a candid talk about Frank’s collaborations with Jim Henson and his approach to directing. They also discuss Frank’s new film In & Of Itself, an adaptation of Derek DelGaudio’s brilliant stage show. Also, Frank gives notes on Mike’s new material! It’s candid. It’s frank. It’s Frank.

https://www.hfotusa.org/

Jan 25, 2021
28. The Lucas Bros: Losing Their Minds Together
01:02:59

Keith and Kenny Lucas join Mike for an episode that alternates between utterly serious & supremely silly. They discuss their moving Vulture essay "Our Brother Kaizen," as well as jokes in process about "twin discrimination," and the difference between writing a will and meeting Will Smith. They also discuss the devastating loss of their mutual friend Kevin Barnett and how it led to the Lucas’ sobriety after years being self-described stoners. A must listen.

https://ysrp.org/

Jan 18, 2021
27. Rachel Bloom: The Inception of the “Please Stop The Ride” Musical
49:48

The award-winning co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rachel Bloom joins Mike as the two of them crack into a format never explored in this podcast—the musical! Mike leaves his prepared material behind and pitches a concept for a musical. In turn Rachel pitches Mike her first comedy special—an idea she has never discussed publicly. They also discuss Rachel’s hilarious new book and Rachel delivers some of the best slow round answers of all time.

https://feedingamerica.org

Jan 11, 2021
Tig Notaro: Hot Vegan Lesbian Clickbait
52:57

Mike trades jokes with the great Tig Notaro. They discuss winning back ex-girlfriends in your favorite shirt, washing food during the pandemic, Billie Eilish's parents, and perhaps the most unlikely comedic run that involves both the Kiss and Indigo Girls. Do they also mention Ani DiFranco? Yes, they do.

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Jan 04, 2021
Maria Bamford: Your Comedy Vaccine
52:33

Maria Bamford has been one of Mike’s favorite comedians for a long time. Maria discusses the time she cold-called a Catholic priest even though she’s not Catholic, stories about Air BnBs, why Domino’s might be more helpful than a suicide hotline, unorthodox covid vaccines, and the recipe for grilled cheese. Don’t miss this one.

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Dec 28, 2020
26. All Jokes Considered: The Staff Picks The Best Of 2020
54:49

A comedy extravaganza featuring Sarah Cooper, Hasan Minhaj, Tig Notaro, Jimmy Kimmel, Maria Bamford, John Mulaney, Ira Glass, Jon Laster, David Sedaris, Pete Holmes, Jon Favreau & Tommy Vietor, Jacqueline Novak, Bowen Yang, & Natasha Lyonne. The perfect episode to share with friends or enemies who haven’t dipped their toes in the Working It Out waters.

We are highlighting 6 food banks and Mike is donating 100% of the New Years Eve 6:30 virtual show proceeds to them.
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Dec 21, 2020
25. Ira Glass: The Highly Anticipated Return
50:44

Since Ira Glass was Working It Out’s inaugural guest in June 2020, listeners have frequently requested his return. This week the podcast has its first return guest and its first *second draft*. We also learn what it takes to get a story on “This American Life” and whether Mike’s new story about learning he had cancer at age 19 has what it takes. Ira gives genius notes and spares no feelings. Story nerds, gather round. It’s a must listen.

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Dec 14, 2020
24. Natasha Lyonne: No F**kin’ Around
59:49

Mike welcomes the great Natasha Lyonne, co-creator and star of the hit Netflix series Russian Doll. Natasha opens up about her own process as well as the best advice she’s received. Natasha holds Mike’s feet the fire about his new material—so he scraps his prepared jokes for some personal stories he wasn’t planning to tell. This episode is like planning your own funeral, which is also discussed. Don’t miss it.

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Dec 07, 2020
Matt Berninger From The National Goes Solo
49:31

This fall Matt Berninger from The National released a brilliant solo album called Serpentine so this week Mike celebrates the release of that album with a re-post of this special episode which featured Berninger along with his wife and frequent collaborator Carin Besser as well as Mike’s wife the poet J. Hope Stein. (Their book "The New One" is in stores.) This creative double date goes deep as the two couples open up about creative marriages, actual marriages, and how writing poetry can feel like knitting.

Nov 30, 2020
23. Ramy Youssef: Kicked in the Golden Globes
50:48

Mike welcomes award-winning comedian Ramy Youssef. The two friends discuss the unexpectedly controversial elements of his hit series “Ramy.” They also work on jokes about bad wedding speeches, getting kicked in the balls, and the time Ramy told people in Jacksonville that he was Muslim to which a woman replied, “We don’t do that here.” Well, the good news is: we do this here. Enjoy.

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Nov 23, 2020
22. Abbi Jacobson: The Broad City Makeout Party
55:10

Mike is joined by the co-creator and co-star of the comedy classic “Broad City.” They discuss the show’s origins, why we should all hope to “fail flamboyantly,” and why you might quit your job after getting an email from Amy Poehler. Along the way they work out material about why Mike hates magic and Abbi’s crippling fear of running into her ex-girlfriend underwater. On one episode of Broad City Mike and Abbi made out literally. Today on “Working It Out” they make out…with jokes.

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Nov 16, 2020
21. Bowen Yang: How Do You Write a Sketch For SNL?
58:59

Bowen Yang joins Mike this week for an episode that is as hilarious as it is honest. Listen as Bowen and Mike discuss everything from gay conversion therapy and googling yourself to high school theatre fails and psychedelic shrooms. Bowen and Mike work out standup bits and potential sketches you may be seeing on SNL soon. Plus, find out the one must-have item you’ve been missing your whole life when using a porto-potty.

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Nov 09, 2020
Jon Favreau & Tommy Vietor: Pod Save Birbiglia
59:43

A special pre-Election Day message from Mike and a re-post of one of the most popular episodes. Remember to vote! http://votesaveamerica.com/

Nov 02, 2020
A Letter From a Comedian To College Students Everywhere
04:34

This episode is a little different from the others. If you like it please share it with your college age friend or family member. Also, it’s worth visiting https://votesaveamerica.com/

Oct 26, 2020
20. Jacqueline Novak: 50 Ways To Get Eaten By the Garage Door
58:28

Jacqueline and Mike have toured together for years and Mike recently produced Jacqueline’s Off-Broadway hit “Get On Your Knees.” On this episode they get nerdy on joke structure: setups, punchlines, tags and secants. They also dig into memories of Jacqueline’s childhood friend getting eaten by a garage door and what “blinking man” means at a crosswalk. Find out why Mike concludes the episode by saying “You must be the first repeat guest!” A must listen.

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Oct 19, 2020
19. Beth Stelling: Dreaming About Sex With Your Dad
48:47

This week Mike welcomes Beth Stelling- the fearless star of the new HBO Max special, Girl Daddy. Beth and Mike discuss their joke nerd instincts and goal to turn pain into comedy. They trade jokes about sex in a rocket ship, middle school burns, flying weenies, and, yes, even dreams about sex with your dad.

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Oct 12, 2020
18. Jon Favreau & Tommy Vietor: Pod Save Birbiglia
58:34

Mike chats with two of the co-hosts of “Pod Save America” about voting, working in the White House, getting high at Water Country, and “unf—ing the supreme court with small-d democracy.” What happens when a comedian talks candidly with President Obama’s speechwriter and one of the members of his national security team? Find out. It’s a good one. And vote!

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Oct 05, 2020
17. Pete Holmes: What Podcast Would Jesus Listen To?
51:42

Mike and Pete are old comedy friends, which is why Pete does a pitch perfect impersonation of Mike, and Mike feels comfortable asking Pete for advice about Jesus. If you’ve ever listened to Pete’s legendary podcast “You Made It Weird,” you know that these two crack each other up. It’s a fun ride with tons of new jokes. Don’t miss it.

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Sep 28, 2020
16. Maria Bamford: Your Comedy Vaccine
52:56

Maria Bamford has been one of Mike’s favorite comedians for a long time. Maria discusses the time she cold-called a Catholic priest even though she’s not Catholic, stories about Air BnBs, why Domino’s might be more helpful than a suicide hotline, unorthodox covid vaccines, and the recipe for grilled cheese. Don’t miss this one.

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Sep 21, 2020
15. Jimmy Kimmel: This Week He Hosts The Emmys, But First....He Works It Out.
01:07:11

Last year Jimmy Kimmel cooked Mike meatballs and then Mike dropped them on Jimmy’s front lawn. This interview goes better than that! Join Mike and Jimmy for a candid chat about schoolyard fights, right wing hit jobs, pre-existing conditions, and people who claim to not like pizza. Also, Jimmy has listened to all the episodes AND HAS NOTES. It’s a good one. Enjoy.

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Sep 14, 2020
Ira Glass: A Podcast Legend Teaches Mike How to Make a Podcast
48:42

A Message From Mike, a Preview of Upcoming Episodes, and a Repost of Episode 1

Sep 07, 2020
14. Tig Notaro: Hot Vegan Lesbian Clickbait
52:37

Mike trades jokes with the great Tig Notaro. They discuss winning back ex-girlfriends in your favorite shirt, washing food during the pandemic, Billie Eilish's parents, and perhaps the most unlikely comedic run that involves both the Kiss and Indigo Girls. Do they also mention Ani DiFranco? Yes, they do.

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Aug 31, 2020
13. Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America…and Mike Birbiglia!
46:34

Ronny Chieng is most well known for his roles in Crazy Rich Asians and on The Daily Show, but he is also one of the finest stand-up comedians today. Ronny joins Mike to collaborate on entirely new jokes about Mike’s secret superhero identity “Mildew Man,” why presidents need to leave conspiracy theories to the pros, and some eye opening observations from Ronny about the current international perception of America.

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Aug 24, 2020
12. Sam Jay: America’s Next Big Comedy Star
34:04

Sam Jay is a comedian and writer for SNL who may be on the verge of superstardom. Her new special “3 in the Morning” is filled with jokes and stories that are funny and fearless and dare the audience not to laugh. In this episode Sam teases new ideas she’s kicking around for her next hour. The conversation ranges from Sam’s cousin eating pie on the toilet to growing up black in America when you’re not given “the stuff.”

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Aug 17, 2020
11. Judd Apatow: The Cinema Mogul Tries to Ruin Mike’s Podcast
51:10

Judd and Mike are real life friends who share their real life candid observations in this loose and hilarious hour of workshopping jokes. Judd’s childhood friend peed on him as he watched Saturday Night Live and Mike puts the dental in transcendental meditation because he grinds his teeth. Together they reminisce about 7th grade Washington trips, fears from being a teenager, and fears about having a teenager as Judd helps Mike sculpt his own “This is 40.” Things get tense when Judd declares that he is more attractive than “The Rock.”

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Aug 10, 2020
10. Roy Wood Jr: From Birmingham to The Daily Show to Broadway?
54:27

Mike and Roy teamed up to raise money for comedy club waitstaffs with “Tip Your Waitstaff.” Now they work on jokes about gin vomit, stealing fancy jeans, and why being a Daily Show correspondent could put you in more hot water than having a criminal record. The episode touches on regret, redemption, and lands in an unexpected place when Mike asks Roy if he’d consider letting Mike produce his one person show. Don’t miss this one.

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Aug 03, 2020
9. Melissa Villaseñor: Mike Writes Jokes with the SNL Star in Real Time!
43:29

Mike teams up with SNL star Melissa Villaseñor to work out jokes about feminist bookstores, moms talking to themselves, and guitar teachers who are frankly just showing off. This is a true comedy jam session and there are jokes written in real time! Don’t miss it.

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Jul 27, 2020
8. Hasan Minhaj: Sometimes Living Through History... Sucks
01:02:17

Mike and Hasan are friends who love talking about current events and comedy craft. In this episode, Hasan teases possible themes and stories for his next special, which shares some commonality with Mike’s special Thank God For Jokes. They talk about everything from macaroni and cheese to marriage and children to the time Hasan came to Mike’s apartment for a script reading and his takeaway was that Mike’s wife Jen is a better person than Mike. This conversation goes from macro to micro to personal to global. Thank God for jokes and thank God for Hasan Minhaj.

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Jul 20, 2020
7. Sarah Cooper: America’s Funniest Lip-Syncer-In-Chief— In Her Own Words
46:44

Mike gets to know comedian/writer Sarah Cooper, whose Trump lip sync videos are a viral phenomenon beloved by millions. They crack open the pain of being rejected in middle school, the joy of huffing Irish spring soap, and why Sarah and Mike are both New York forever.

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Jul 13, 2020
6. David Sedaris: Mike Trades Funny Stories With His Comedy Hero
50:13

Mike talks with his literary hero David Sedaris about clocking 90 thousand steps, dressing like a clown, and walking through Times Square after midnight in the pandemic.

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Jul 06, 2020
5. Hannah Gadsby: Solo Shows and Spectrum Gazelles with a Master of the Craft
51:58

Mike discusses Hannah's award winning Netflix special “Nanette,” her new special “Douglas” and together they dig deep into the solo show process and how her new show may end up including a “spectrum gazelle.”

Sponsored by Samuel Adams

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Jun 29, 2020
4. Matt Berninger, Carin Besser, & J. Hope Stein: The Poetry of Mike’s favorite band “The National”
50:02
Mike celebrates the publication of "The New One, Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad” with his co-writer and co-wife J. Hope Stein. They are joined by Matt Berninger, the lead singer of Mike’s favorite band "The National” as well as Matt’s co-writer and co-wife Carin Besser. This creative double date goes deep as the two married couples open up about creative marriages, actual marriages, and how writing poetry can feel like knitting. 
 
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Jun 22, 2020
3. Jon Laster: Lessons from Black Lives Matter. Also, Honey Buns.
58:32

Mike discusses Black Lives Matter and turning tragedy into comedy with Jon Laster.

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Jun 15, 2020
2. John Mulaney: Shooting Hoops with the Michael Jordan of Comedy
48:08

Mike discusses the Chicago Bulls with the Michael Jordan of stand-up comedy, John Mulaney.

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Jun 15, 2020
1. Ira Glass: A Podcast Legend Teaches Mike How to Make a Podcast
47:01

Mike works out the concept for this very podcast during this very episode of this very podcast with podcast legend Ira Glass.

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Jun 15, 2020
Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out: Trailer
01:32

Comedian Mike Birbiglia welcomes a different comedian or creator each week and together they work out original, untested material. And, occasionally, uncomfortable topics. Join them as they work it out.

May 30, 2020