Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mike Birbiglia on Conan, The View

Comedians with Boston roots some together tonight when Shrewsbury native Mike Birbiglia appears on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. O'Brien, a Newton native, will leave Late Night on February 20 to take over hosting the Tonight Show from Jay Leno (coincidentally, an Andover native).

Birbiglia's off-Broadway show, Sleepwalk With Me, has been held over until March 22 -- no mean feat in a climate where the big name, big ticket shows are closing.

Birbiglia was on The View last week with Nathan Lane, who "presents" the show. The interview included a primer on how to pronounce "Birbiglia" (Joy Behar pronounced it "Bare-bee-lee-ah" instead of with the hard "g") and the difference between producing and presenting (apparently when you "present," you don't have to put up any money).

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