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Mike Birbiglia and Jokes

Brian Friedman
Mike Birbiglia

Tuesday, Doug sits down with comedian Mike Birbiglia, known by NPR fans for his stories from This American Life. His film Sleepwalk with Me won the audience award at last year's Sundance Film Festival, and he's just started touring a new show called Thank God for Jokes. Birbiglia says the show is a return to a more joke-based style of comedy. Why? Well, because he really loves jokes. We'll talk about his career, the forms his comedy has taken and the emotional power of well-crafted humor. 

Mike Birbiglia will perform his show Thank God for Jokes this Thursday, January 23rd at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information, click here.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.