After Christopher Durang’s uproarious comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike made its Broadway debut in 2013, it took home the coveted Tony Award for Best Play. Now it makes its Hub premie
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Though he’s perhaps best known for his work in the U.K., Simon Amstell's U.S. fan base is growing quickly, and with good reason. The comedian offers a dark and self-deprecating mix of personal anecdotes, failings, and philosophical discussion that are at once relatable and shamelessly funny. We chatted with him at home in London as he was preparing to hop across the pond; see him at the Wilbur Theatre on April 19.
How does comedian Mike Birbiglia know his career is in a good place? Because his audiences actually recognize him. “These days people come out to see me on purpose,” he says, laughing. “I feel like I’ve weeded out the people who aren’t into it and now it’s just people who are excited to be there. It’s a lot more like performing for your friends than it was when I started.”
To a comedy club owner, a funny joke is serious business. That’s one of the things we learned about the “funny business” from Norm Laviolette, one of the owners of Laugh Boston.