608. Mike Birbiglia & Brie Larson

A Very Likely Couple

Okay you put this person…

…together with this person…

And it turns out they are a completely believable married couple in real life, eh? In this movie…

The Trailer… Park
Brie & Amy
Birbig’s, Shurmer, & Brie

It’s a Judd Apatow affair… you know Bridesmaid and all. I guess the way he does it is have a few people show up, have a basic storyline and then ask them to improvise. That’s how both Mike Birbiglia (Comedian) & Brie Larson (Room & Captain America) got the parts. No auditions just the creative genius of someone who approaches comedy from an out of the box non-traditional approach… that would be Judd.

Mike Birbiglia on Religion

And here’s some things about Mike Birbiglia…

Birbiglia was born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, the son of Mary Jean (née McKenzie) and Vincent Paul Birbiglia. He is the youngest of four children. He is partially of Italian descent and was raised Catholic. Birbiglia attended the all-boys Catholic school St. John’s High School for one year, and graduated from St. Mark’s School in 1996. He says seeing comedian Steven Wright perform inspired him to begin writing jokes at age 16. He subsequently attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 2000. During college he performed as a member of the Georgetown Players Improv Troupe, worked as a server in a comedy club, and began performing at DC Improv (The Improv) in Washington, D.C.

Brie Larson being funny

And here’s some stuff about Brie…

Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers was born on October 1, 1989, in Sacramento, California, to Heather (née Edwards) and Sylvain Desaulniers.[1][2] Her parents were homeopathic chiropractors who ran a practice together, and they have another daughter, Milaine.[3][4] Her father is Franco-Manitoban,[5] and in her childhood, Larson spoke French as her first language.[6] She was mostly homeschooled, which she believed allowed her to explore innovative and abstract experiences.[3][7][8] Describing her early life, Larson has said she was “straight-laced and square”, and that she shared a close bond with her mother but was shy and suffered from social anxiety.[3][7][9] During the summer, she would write and direct her own home movies in which she cast her cousins and filmed in her garage.[10] At age six, she expressed interest in becoming an actress, later remarking that the “creative arts was just something that was always in me”.[3][11] That same year, she auditioned for a training program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she became the youngest student admitted.[4][12]

Larson experienced trauma when her parents divorced when she was seven.[12] She had a dysfunctional relationship with her father; she recalled, “As a kid I tried to understand him and understand the situation. But he didn’t do himself any favors. I don’t think he ever really wanted to be a parent.”[12] Soon after their separation, Heather relocated to Los Angeles with her two daughters to fulfill Larson’s acting ambition. They had limited financial means and lived in a small apartment near Hollywood studio lots at Burbank.[12] Larson described the experience, “We had a crappy one-room apartment where the bed came out of the wall and we each had three articles of clothing.”[3] Even so, she has recounted fond memories of that period and credits her mother for doing the best she could for them.[13]

As her last name was difficult to pronounce, she adopted the stage name Larson from her Swedish great-grandmother, as well as an American Girl doll named Kirsten Larson that she received as a child.[11][14][15] Her first job was performing a commercial parody for Barbie, named “Malibu Mudslide Barbie”, in a 1998 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[2][7][16] She subsequently took on guest roles in several television series, including Touched by an Angel and Popular.[4] In 2000, she was cast in the Fox sitcom Schimmel, which was canceled before airing when its star, Robert Schimmel, was diagnosed with cancer.

Mike & Brie on Birbig’s Podcast

An unlikely pairing of two talented and funny people. Hollywood giving hope to normal guys everywhere to get the pretty girl by just being funny… and kind, & genuine.

Good things.

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