Mike Birbiglia on edgy comedy today and his new one-man show ‘The Old Man & The Pool’

The comedian tells "The View" about finding humor in the sad places in life, what it was like to star in Taylor Swift's "Anti-Hero" music video and co-starring with Tom Hanks in "A Man Called Otto."
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Transcript for Mike Birbiglia on edgy comedy today and his new one-man show ‘The Old Man & The Pool’
>> OH MY GOD. I WANTED TO DIVE RIGHT IN THERE WITH THAT COMEDY CONVERSATION. THAT WAS REALLY LIVELY. IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE I DIG WHAT YOU ARE SAYING ABOUT HOW, LIKE, WHAT WE TUNE INTO ABOUT COMEDY IS PEOPLE'S FLAWS. >> YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT. >> RIGHT? BUT I WILL SAY, AND, YOU KNOW, MY SHOW "THE OLD MAN AND THE POOL" IS ALL ABOUT MY FLAWS AND ALL ABOUT HOW I HAVE TROUBLE EXERCISING AND EATING WELL, AND ALL THE THINGS I'VE STRUGGLED WITH, AND HOW, YOU KNOW, I HAD CANCER YEARS AGO. IT GOES TO THE DARK PLACES, THE SAD PLACES BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IF YOU CAN GO TO THE SAD PLACES, AND YOU CAN FIND HUMOR IN THE SAD PLACES, YOU WIN. >> YES. >> THAT'S WHEN WE WIN. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THE BEAUTY. >> BUT IS THERE A LINE? LIKE, WHERE DO YOU -- >> SURE. >> WHERE DO YOU DRAW IT? HOW DO YOU FIGURE THAT OUT? PEOPLE GET VERY OFFENDED THESE DAYS. >> ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN, I DID A SHOW IN NASHVILLE RECENTLY AND SOMEONE SAID TO ME, WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING? I SAID, I'M A COMEDIAN AND HE SAID TO ME, YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING ANYMORE. WELL, YOU CAN -- >> YOU CAN. >> THERE'S A LOT OF CRITICISMS AND IN THE MODERN TWITTERSPHERE LIKE THE CRITICISMS ARE AMPLIFIED TO IT FEELS LIKE THE CRITICISMS ARE LOUDER THAN THE ART FORM ITSELF. >> YEAH. >> I ACTUALLY -- I LOVE MINDY. MINDY'S A NATIONAL TREASURE, BUT I DISAGREE. I THINK THAT SHOW MIGHT NOT BE ON NBC IN PRIMETIME. >> RIGHT. >> IT MIGHT BE STREAMING ON HULU OR HBO. >> THAT'S A GOOD POINT. >> THERE'S PLENTY OF POLITICAL INCORRECTNESS ON STREAMING SHOWS, NOT TO MENTION SOFT PORN WHICH I TALK ABOUT FROM TIME TO TIME. >> I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT. >> JOY'S THING ABOUT THE SOFT PORN, I'M -- "THE OLD MAN AND THE POOL" IS YOUR FIFTH SOLO SHOW. >> IT IS. >> IT'S QUITE HILARIOUS. I'M TOLD -- I HAVE NOT SEEN IT YET. I'M PLANNING TO SEE IT, BUT YOU'RE TACKLING SOME SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS. THESE -- WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT COME FORTH FROM YOU AS A COMIC. >> YEAH. MY GOAL WITH WRITING THIS SHOW, AND MY LAST SHOW THAT YOU SHOWED THE CLIP FROM, AND I STAND BY ALL THOSE OPINIONS IS -- WAS ABOUT HAVING A CHILD AND NOW MY DAUGHTER IS 7 1/2 YEARS OLD, AND AS COMEDIANS, WE WRITE ABOUT WHAT WE OBSESS ABOUT, AND FOR ME, I OBSESS ABOUT DEATH AND IT'S A LITTLE BIT LIKE A HOUDINI -- >> WHY DO YOU OBSESS ABOUT DEATH? >> DEATH IS FUNNY. IT'S A GOOD TOPIC FOR COMEDIANS. THE SAD, TERRIBLE THINGS IN LIFE -- >> THAT'S OUR GOAL, RIGHT? ISN'T THAT OUR GOAL? THAT'S OUR -- OUR JOB IS TO TAKE THINGS THAT ARE GRITTY AND HARD, AND BY THE WAY, LIKE, LET'S NOT KID OURSELVES. THE LAST THREE YEARS HAVE BEEN NOT GREAT. >> NO. >> THINGS HAVE NOT BEEN GREAT. PEOPLE REALLY WANT TO COME TO THE SHOW AND LAUGH. WHEN I SEE PEOPLE LAUGHING, IT'S BEEN -- I'VE DONE FIVE OF THESE SHOWS. IT'S THE MOST GRATIFYING EXPERIENCE OF MY CAREER. SEEING PEOPLE LAUGH AGAIN. >> YEAH. >> PEOPLE SO DESPERATELY WANT TO BE TOGETHER AND LAUGH. >> THEY NEED IT. THEY NEED IT. YOU AND I HAVE IN COMMON THAT YOU HATE TO EXERCISE. I WOULD RATHER GO TO THE DENTIST TRUTHFULLY THAN EXERCISE. >> IT'S THE TIP-OFF OF A SHOW AND I GO TO THE DOCTOR, AND HE ASKS ME TO DO THE PULMONARY TEST. HE GOES, IF I WERE GOING BY THIS, I WOULD SAY YOU'RE HAVING A HEART ATTACK RIGHT NOW. I SAY, AM I HAVING A HEART ATTACK? SEND ME TO THE CARDIOLOGISTS AND HE SAID, IF I WERE YOU, BASED ON YOUR FAMILY HISTORY BECAUSE I HAVE HEART DISEASE IN THE FAMILY, I WOULD DO CARDIO FIVE DAYS A WEEK. I SAID, I DON'T THINK ANYBODY DOES THAT. HE SAID A LOT OF PEOPLE DO THAT. I SAID, I DON'T EVEN THINK PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES DO IT. >> I DO CARDIO FIVE DAYS A WEEK. >> YOU DO CARDIO FIVE DAYS A WEEK. THE SHOW, I MEAN, ULTIMATELY THIS SHOW, "THE OLD MAN AND THE POOL," IT'S UPLIFTING BECAUSE IT'S ULTIMATELY -- IT'S ULTIMATELY ULTI ULTIMATELY ABOUT BEING PRESENT AND BEING IN THE MOMENT AND ENJOYING -- BEING WITH MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER, BECAUSE LIFE IS PRECIOUS, AND IT COULD GO AT ANY MOMENT. I TALK ABOUT THE WAY PEOPLE DIE. YOU HAVE TO SEE IT IN CON TEXT. >> ANOTHE ICONIC ROLE YOU TOOK ON, YOU STARRED IN TAYLOR SWIFT'S "ANTI-HERO" MUSIC VIDEO. THE SONG IS STILL NUMBER ONE ON THE BILLBOARD 100. IT WAS AMAZING. THE REACTION WAS AMAZING. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING IN IT? >> EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. IT'S A STUNNING -- I CAN'T -- PEOPLE ASK ME ABOUT THIS EVERYWHERE I GO. IT'S THE BIGGEST SONG IN THE WORLD. IT'S THE BIGGEST ALBUM IN THE WORLD. >> IN THE WORLD, LITERALLY. >> I WAS JUST, LIKE, A TEENY PART OF A HUGE, AWESOME THING, AND EVERYONE INVOLVED WAS SO GOOD, AND SAME THING WITH THIS TOM HANKS MOVIE I'M IN. "A MAN NAMED OTTOS REQUEST, WH," AND I'M IN A SMALL PART IN A BEAUTIFUL FILM AND I FEEL LIKE THAT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT -- ABOUT ART, IS COLLABORATION, AND WHEN YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SOMEONE'S VISION. TAYLOR HAD THIS GREAT VISION. MARK FORESTER AND TOM HANKS HAD THIS VISION AND I'M HONORED TO BE INCLUDED. THAT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHEN YOU ARE INCLUDED, IT FEELS GREAT. >> YOU MENTIONED THE MOVIE WITH TOM HANKS. "A MAN CALLED OTTO." YOU'RE NOT IN THE TRAILER. PEOPLE KEEP SAYING, YOU'RE IN THE MOVIE, BUT ARE YOU IN THE MOVIE? >> THEY KEEP TAGGING ME IN THE TRAILER AND THEY'RE, LIKE, ARE YOU JOKING? YOU'RE NOT IN THE TRAILER. I'M SORT OF -- I'M SORT OF TOM HANKS' SORT OF NEMESIS CHARACTER. >> OH, THAT'S A GOOD ONE. >> IT COMES IN LATER IN THE FILM. I'M NOT -- >> LIKE JOEY IN "FRIENDS." YOU'RE LIKE THE DEAD BODY THAT HAS NO LINE, BACK TO DEATH. AGAIN. >> IT WAS SUCH A DREAM COME TRUE WORKING WITH TOM HANKS. I HAD THE "APOLLO 13" POSTER ON MY WALL WHEN I WAS A KID, AND HE'S AMAZING. HE'S SO NICE. HE CAME TO "THE OLD MAN AND THE POOL" RECENTLY. HE'S SO SWEET. WHEN WE WERE WORKING ON THE MOVIE, HE WATCHED A JOKE THAT I HAD DONE IN ONE OF MY EARLIER SPECIALS WHERE I TALK ABOUT WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL I WORKED AT THIS RESTAURANT, AND THIS REALLY TOUGH COOK SAID TO ME, HOW DID YOU GET THIS JOB? I GO, OH, MY BROTHER JOE WORKED HERE LAST SUMMER. HE SAID, YOUR BROTHER'S JOEY BAG OF DOUGHNUTS? I GO, YEAH. I WENT HOME AND I SAID, JOE, WAS YOUR NICKNAME JOEY BAG OF DOUGH DOUGHNUTS? HE GOES, THAT GUY WAS AWESOME. I HAD TO LIVE WITH THIS LIE. THEY WOULD WITH LIKE HOW IS JOE BAGS? I WOULD BE LIKE GREAT. HOW MUCH CAN JOE BAGS DRINK? I WOULD BE, LIKE, SO MUCH. TOM HANKS SHOWS UP AND HE GOES, YOUR BROTHER'S JOEY BAG OF DOUGHNUTS? THIS IS MY DREAM COME TRUE. >> WOW. >> YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. THAT MEANS HE WANTS YOU TO WRITE HIM A PART IN YOUR NEXT SHOW. LISTEN. YOU GOT TO COME BACK MORE OFTEN AND EVERYBODY NEEDS TO SEE THE SHOW. OUR THANKS TO MIKE BIRBIGLIA. >> BIER -- >> BAG OF DOUGHNUTS. >> "THE OLD MAN AND THE POOL" IS PLAYING AT THE VIVIAN BEAUMONT THEATER THROUGH JANUARY

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