Actor, director, stand-up comedian and monologist extraordinaire, Mike Birbiglia makes his long-promised return to Texas (his first appearance here in six years) as part of his Thank God for Jokes! tour. Birbiglia discusses his most recent visit to this state in his recorded special My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend: “I was coming back from a five-day stint in Texas, which is awful. ’Cause it’s in Texas. Not to say I dislike Texas…[but at the time] it felt like Texas just disliked me. So I had to dislike Texas back, to the point where I developed a small drinking problem.” The 35-year-old comedian’s return to Houston (thanks in part to numerous requests from his Facebook fan page) marks his first performance here in a theater setting. Birbiglia says he’s had positive experiences working in Houston comedy clubs before (in My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, he calls comedy clubs “the last bastions of free speech and spoken word”). “[But] I just feel more comfortable in theaters,” the Sundance Film Festival award-winner admits. “There’s no one drinking or eating chicken fingers while I’m talking.”
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7:30 p.m. Wortham Theater Center/Brown Theater, 501 Texas. For information, call 832-487-7041 or visit explorehouston.org. $40 to $50.
Thu., April 24, 7:30 p.m., 2014