Mike Birbiglia, Judah Friedlander to headline SPB spring comedy show

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Courtesy of Social Programming Board

Actors Mike Birbiglia and Judah Friedlander will perform at Washington University this spring, Social Programming Board announced Wednesday night.

The show will take place on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Edison Theatre, and doors will open at 6 p.m. Sean O’Brien, a local comedian and friend of Birbiglia, will open the show. Birbiglia will take the stage after him, and Friedlander will close the show.

The SPB Spring Comedy Show will be the first to feature more than one headliner. The two comedians were chosen for the diverse audience the combination would attract.

Birbiglia is best-known for his role as producer and starring actor in the one-man show “Sleepwalk with Me,” which was subsequently transformed into a feature film following the show’s critical success. The movie won the Best of NEXT Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and Birbiglia’s role in the film garnered him a nomination for the Breakthrough Actor award.

Birbiglia is also a contributor on “This American Life,” a public radio series with 500 episodes about American culture. He has appeared in five programs thus far.

Friedlander, well-known for his role as Frank Rossitano on “30 Rock,” is a stand-up comic by trade. He even continued to perform his standup routine while shooting for “30 Rock” in New York.

Friedlander is also well-known for his appearance: long hair, T-shirt and a trucker hat with a short slogan on the front. He told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 2007 that he makes his own hats and has been doing so for over a decade.

Friedlander has played roles in several feature films, including “Zoolander,” “Meet the Parents” and “Along Came Polly.”

Please see Thursday’s issue of Student Life for the full story.

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