Mike Birbiglia is embarrassed to tell people that he has a blog. "People blog about anything, like, 'Today I went to JCPenny.' 'I'm like JCPenny, eh?' That's not a blog, that's a text message." The popular standup comic has turned his weekly email updates for fans into a blog. Some of the entries have become part of the "Secret Public Journal," which he shares with listeners of the syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show. That subsequently became a CD, which Birbiglia sees as sort of a sequel to his first release, Two Drink Mike. It actually expands on one particular joke from that CD. "It's the awkward situation's more awkward joke, where what I should have said was nothing, but what I did say was, 'You'd be surprised.'" He gives an example. "I was moving a bed into my apartment, and this woman from the building opened the door for me with her key and she said, 'I'm not worried, a rapist wouldn't have a bed like that.' What I should have said was nothing, but what I did say was, 'You'd be surprised.' This album and DVD is the cream of the crop of the funniest, most awkward things that have occurred to me over the years."
Fri., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., 2008