‘Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool’ takes a humorous & candid look at midlife & mortality thru the eyes of a neurotic gifted comedian
I recently attended the opening night of Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool at the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles. Mike Birbiglia is an award winning comedian, storyteller, director and actor who has performed in a myriad of his original one man shows in front of audiences around the world. After seeing Mike perform his latest one man show, I can see what all of the accolades are about. Mike is a funny, relatable regular type of guy with a gift for natural and engaging story telling, stellar comedic timing and a knack for sharing relatable sometimes painful topics in a funny and disarming way.
Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool is a modern day story about life, love, death, fear, anxiety, health, middle age angst and a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. With his unique form of comedic storytelling, Birbiglia chronicles a coming-of-middle-age story that makes you think about how our childhood experiences shape us, how we are sometimes our own worst enemy and how transformation and change are possible no matter how old we are.
My hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed Mike’s one man show and for the majority of the show we were laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes because we are both in the throes of midlife and we found his topics and situations quite relevant and relatable. I also really enjoyed his clever storytelling style that even when he seemed to go off on a tangent, he always circled back to the key theme with an important message. Brilliant!
If you enjoy stand-up comedy with substance and an interconnected story, I think you will really enjoy Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool, now playing at the Mark Taper Forum through August 28, 2022. Get your tickets HERE