UPDATE, with announcement video Netflix continues to mine Broadway for possible gold: Mike Birbiglia: The New One, the stand-up comic’s well-received show that opened in New York last year, will launch globally November 26 as Birbiglia’s latest stand-up special.
Birbiglia made the announcement on his social media today. (Watch his video below.)
Prior to the Netflix debut, Birbiglia will perform The New One for the last time before a live audience at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre from October 23 through November 24.
The Netflix special was filmed at Broadway’s Cort Theatre, where the show ran last November through January following a sold-out engagement at Off Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Other Birbiglia stage credits include his 2008 breakthrough Sleepwalk With Me that was adapted into a 2012 feature film.
The New One builds on the biographical details disclosed in his breakthrough, but with the arrival of a baby daughter to Birbiglia and his wife, the poet Jennifer Hope Stein, sleepwalking takes on significantly darker hues. The comic, terrified he’ll sleep-harm the infant, nightly locks himself in a separate room, bound in a hand-tailored sheet contraption to keep him from hurting the defenseless. In The New One, Birbiglia knows where to find the humor in such situations, but takes them quite seriously as well.
Read Deadline’s review of the Broadway production here.
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Hey everyone! Big announcement! THE NEW ONE is coming to @netflixisajoke on November 26! Directed by Seth Barrish. We’re super proud of this show. I’m doing a 5 week run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles (@ctgla). These will be the final live shows of The New One, then you can watch it over Thanksgiving dinner on Netflix. It touches on a bunch of uncomfortable topics but isn’t that what Thanksgiving is about?