Recording information: The Columbus Funnybone, Columbus, OH (07/2007).
Photographer: Jenny Stein.
Mike Birbiglia's easygoing storytelling style, delivered with an immense self-deprecating (and often quite dark) charm, has made him a favorite of college audiences and radio hosts alike. MY SECRET PUBLIC JOURNAL LIVE captures the comedian alone on stage reading from his oft-visited blog of the same name, gleefully injecting perfectly timed asides. It's an unlikely concert draw, but the affably hilarious Massachusetts stand-up pulls it off with stunning aplomb, creating a world of misadventures populated by his oblivious brother Joe Bags, his well-meaning parents, and a cast of clerks, party guests, politicians, and a devious Dennis Eckersley.