Mike Birbiglia brings his comedy to Foxwoods

Mike Birbiglia, the writer, director and star of 'Don't Think Twice,' poses at the premiere of the film during the Los Angeles Film Festival at the ArcLight Culver City on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mike Birbiglia, the writer, director and star of "Don't Think Twice," poses at the premiere of the film during the Los Angeles Film Festival at the ArcLight Culver City on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“Don’t Think Twice” was one of my favorite movies of 2016, an underappreciated and gently affecting comedy-drama. It’s about the members of an improv troupe who are a real team until a talent scout’s arrival sets off professional jealousies and egos. The main force behind the film, which co-starred Keegan-Michael Key, is Mike Birbiglia. He wrote, directed and starred in it.

Birbiglia has some impressive acting gigs beyond “Don’t Think Twice,” too. He has a recurring role in the TV series “Orange Is the New Black” as Danny Pearson, and he appeared in the movie “Trainwreck.”

Most notably, though, Birbiglia has developed a crackling stand-up career, and he’ll be performing Saturday at Foxwoods. (Birbiglia is almost a local guy, having grown up in Shrewsbury, Mass.)

This should be one to see, since he’s known for his masterful stage shows. Birbiglia melded stand-up and theater in his one-man show “Sleepwalk with Me,” which played off-Broadway in 2008 and was called “simply perfect” by a critic from none other than the New York Times.

Mike Birbiglia, 7 p.m. Saturday, Foxwoods’ Fox Theater; $38; 1-800-200-2882.

 

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