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Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway
Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway Tickets

Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway Tickets

New York
28 Oct 2022 - 30 Dec 2022
Mike Birbiglia is back for 75 minutes of nonstop laughter.

Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway Information

Comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to Broadway for two months only with The Old Man and the Pool, following hit runs in California and Chicago. Get Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool tickets on New York Theatre Guide now.

The Old Man and the Pool is a play written and performed by Birbiglia, which he describes as a "coming-of-middle-age story." Birbiglia learns he's inherited his family's history of heart problems, and his doctor recommends plenty of healthy habits to help. Birbiglia unpacks why he's reluctant to do any of them — particularly swimming, thanks to a childhood encounter at a YMCA pool — and how that doesn't mesh well with his fear of death. But yes, The Old Man and the Pool is a comedy show, and though there are profound reflections on life and mortality, there's plenty of Birbiglia's signature comic storytelling about growing older, and perhaps wiser. Dad jokes and other clever punchlines also abound — even the title of the show is a riff on the classic Ernest Hemingway novel The Old Man and the Sea.

Birbiglia's first, and most recent, Broadway show was The New One, another one-man comedy show about a different life milestone: becoming a father. That show premiered off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, a popular comedy venue in Greenwich Village, in 2018 and moved to Broadway's Cort (now James Earl Jones) Theatre later that year for a two-month stint. That show earned Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance.

His last New York gig before The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway was behind the scenes, as presenter for fellow comedian Alex Edelman's hit show Just For Us off Broadway. Birbiglia himself has also performed other specials off Broadway including My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Thank God for Jokes and Sleepwalk with Me. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes were filmed for Netflix, and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend earned Birbiglia a Lucille Lortel Award. Sleepwalk With Me became an indie film which Birbiglia wrote, directed, and starred in.

Birbiglia also directed, wrote, and starred in the film Don't Think Twice, and he has appeared in films and TV shows like The Fault in Our Stars, Trainwreck, Orange is the New Black, and Billions.

Get tickets to Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool in New York.

Top image credit: Craig Schwartz Photography

Award-winning comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia returns to Broadway this fall with a tale of life, death, and a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. Birbiglia takes the stage at the esteemed Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center to chronicle his coming-of-middle-age story that asks the big questions: Why are we here? What’s next? What happens when the items at the doctor’s office that you thought were decorative become functional?

The Old Man and the Pool, which played to sold-out houses in Berkeley, Chicago and Los Angeles, resonates with audiences ages 12 to 112. It’s a hilarious reminder for all of us recovering from failing bodies and a flailing world that laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Get tickets now, and remember: Mike’s here for a good time, not a long time. This strictly limited Broadway engagement ends December 30.

Opening date

October 28th, 2022

Closing date

December 30th, 2022


Vivian Beaumont Theater - Lincoln Center Theater

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