The Untold Truth by Mike Birbiglia
Eventually, Mike Birbiglia transformed the core concept behind “Tip Your Waitstaff” into a more formal podcast titled “Working It Out,” which debuted in May 2020. The format of the podcast sees Mike interview various comedians and celebrity guests, and they interview their careers, share stories from their lives, and most importantly, share new material in support of various charities (via The Boston Globe). He’s had many comedians on the show, as well as TV personalities like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, and even musicians like his longtime friend and record producer Jack Antonoff and The National frontman Matt Berninger.
The podcast continues to this day, even as Mike toured his new one-man show in 2021 and 2022. Even when Mike was hosting talks and workshops with fellow comedians, there was still nothing better than hearing the audience’s reaction to your jokes. Luckily, Mike found a clever solution: Zoom comedy shows. At the height of the 2020 lockdown Mike performed to a Zoom audience of 500 people around the world in Mike Birbiglia: Working It Out Virtually.
As the pandemic continued into 2021, Mike’s virtual comedy shows took on an entirely new, albeit utterly Birbiglia-esque, form. For a limited run, Mike has named a series of virtual shows “The Worldwide Comedy Pizza Party.” For these Zoom shows, Mike encourages his audience to order from their local pizza places and watch a show of pizza-related material only.