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

New York
28 Oct 2022 - 15 Jan 2023
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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.

Who is Mike Birbiglia?

Mike Birbiglia is a comedian known for stage and screen specials like The New One and Sleepwalk With Me. Birbiglia's first, and most recent, Broadway show was The New One, 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.

How long is the Mike Birbiglia Broadway show?

Mike Birbiglia's The Old Man and the Pool runs 75 minutes with no intermission.

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

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 January 15.

Opening date

October 28th, 2022

Closing date

January 15th, 2023


Broadway, Plays


Vivian Beaumont Theater - Lincoln Center Theater

Cast and creative

By: Mike Birbiglia
Director: Seth Barrish
Cast list: Mike Birbiglia
Design: Beowulf Boritt
Costumes: Toni-Leslie James
Lighting: Aaron Copp
Sound: Kai Harada
Other info: Projection design by Hana S. Kim

Our review

Watching comedian Mike Birbiglia on stage is always a blast. It’s like reconnecting with an old friend, albeit one with infinite issues and a habit of taking the roundabout route to get to the point. Birbiglia is totally on brand in his largely delightful solo show, The Old Man and the Pool. The 44-year-old author and actor dives into the choppy waters of his own mortality and comes up not only with waves of laughs, but also deep reflections about love and appreciation for how lucky he is (and...

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Mike's making waves! Comedian Mike Birbiglia is back on Broadway with The Old Man and the Pool, his second Broadway show following The New One. That show focused on the milestone of fatherhood, and The Old Man and the Pool is about a different turning point in Birbiglia's life: coming of middle age. With his trademark blend of comic storytelling and witty jokes, Birbiglia talks about discovering he has heart problems and mustering up the will to pick up the habits that will help, including...

Dive in! Mike Birbiglia's latest comedy show, The Old Man and the Pool, has released tickets for "True Fan seats" ahead of the show's first performance on October 28. The ticket release coincides with Birbiglia's guest appearance in the newly released Taylor Swift music video, "Anti-Hero," from her latest album, Midnights. The True Fan seats are front-row seats exclusively priced at $55 each. True Fan seats for The Old Man and the Pool can be purchased on the TodayTix app or website and are...

Mike Birbiglia is making a splash this fall! The comedian will return to Broadway in October with his latest solo show, The Old Man and the Pool. Birbiglia's show will run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater for a limited engagement, from October 28 to December 30. Opening night is November 13.Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool is a "coming-of-middle-age" show. Birbiglia discovers a family history of heart problems that's soon to affect him, and he starts to worry about his own mortality. Yet,...

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