Mike Birbiglia - Putting Friendships to the Test in "Don't Think Twice"

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Mike Birbiglia discusses the criticism he faced for tweeting about Donald Trump and examines an improv troupe's struggle with success in his movie "Don't Think Twice." (4:47)

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Please welcome Mike Birbiglia.

-♪ -(cheering, applause)

Thank you, guys.All right.

This is such an honor.

-Welcome to the show.-Holy cow.

-Oh, cheers, cheers.-Cheers.

Not-not everyone picks upthe cup. Cheers, cheers.

Thank you very much.It's Rio poo water.

-Hope you enjoy it. -It's sostrange seeing that clip,

because I wrote this movie

before Donald Trumpwas a candidate.

-Are you serious?-Yeah.

Wait, what... No, no... Beforehe was a candidate at all?

-Yeah. -Like, beforehe came down the escalator...

I wrote this movietwo and half years ago.

And we're shooting it...I swear,

and we're shooting it, like...

Well, that wasback when he was just

sort of the most hated manin New York City, not...

-The most hated man in theworld. -Not the most hated

man in the world, but, um...

And it was, uh, you know,we were running it

in rehearsal,and Gillian Jacobs,

whose one of the starsof the film--

a few days before,she goes, "Mike..."

This is last...This in August last year.

She goes, "I thinkthe Trump candidacy thing--

"I think it might not be a joke.

I think it might be real."


And I said, "Silly actors..."


"...with their wild ideasabout politics."

Leave the heady stufffor this guy. Um...


And, uh, here we are.I mean, it is just the...

It's madness, right?

It's-it's such madnessthat, uh...

Like, I know

that you don't consider yourselfa political comedian.

-Yeah. -And yet even youstarted tweeting about Trump.

-Well, how can you not? It's...-(laughter)

But that's... this isan interesting conversation.

No, this is an interestingconversation, because...

-(cheering, applause)-...because what was funny was

I saw your tweetsand then people--

you tweeted about Trump--and then people were like,

"Hey, Mike, why don't youalso tweet about Hillary?"

I know. Well, they go...they got so mad 'cause I tweeted

that Donald Trumpwants to be president

the same way dumb high schoolguys want to have sex

but they're not qualified to be a dad.

-(cheering, applause)-Right? Sort of...

It's sort of...

It's a light...it's a light touch.

And then, uh,and then people were like,

"How come you're notgoing after both sides?"

And I said, "There...He isn't on a side,

he's the algaethat's stuck to the side."

-He's not! I mean, we haveto admit -He's not a side. Yes.

that, like, it's not...it's not...

This-this whole kind of fairand balanced fallacy

is-is... does not apply to him.

-He's his own thing.-I always say that Donald Trump

-is not a side. That's... Yeah.That is true. -He's not a side.

Um, let's talk about the moviethough.

I don't want to spoil your timewith Trump.

Um, I've heardit's a really funny movie.

It's growing,which is fantastic.

You started out really small,really indie film.

And, uh, just to give...for the people out there,

it's-it's a fantastic "inside"comedy film,

because it shows the journeyof a group of friends

who are in a sketch troupeand they're all auditioning

for different roles, but thenone of them gets a job on SNL

and everything starts to fallapart in the friendships.

Easy, Trevor. A Saturday Night Live-type of show.


I don't want to get in trouble!

-It's, uh... it's, uh...-All right. All right.

it's-it's called Weekend Live, and, uh...


-It's, uh...-Oh.

And, uh... and it's aboutwhat happens in friendships

when-when...as Keegan-Michael Key,

who's one of the starsin the movie, says,

what happens when your dreamscome true for someone else.

-Yeah. -'Cause it's aboutthe bitterness and-and jealousy

that the guys feelin the troupe, and it's, uh...

it's like... You know,it's a movie, really...

I mean, it's about the business,

but it's alsojust about friendship.

That's what I felt in the film.It was... it was bitterness

but it was friendship,it was love. How do you...

Like, that balance. Did you takeany of that from the real world?

Were there any comediansthat inspired you for that?


We're gonna go to commercial.Um, no, I...

It... The movieis autobiographically, uh...

-autobiographical in its themes.-Yes.

Uh, I know what it feels like...

I like how you don't wantto get sued by anything

-or anyone.-Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Everything's me dancing around.It's, uh...

No, I mean, I know whatit feels like to be jealous

and just go like,"How come that person...?"

-Yeah. Yeah. -I mean,even in life, you go,

"How comethey have an in-ground pool,

and I havean above-ground pool?"

You know what I mean?Like, jealousy is just...

I like how for white people,that's, like, the thing.

Well, in-ground pool versus anout-ground pool. -(laughter)

-I like that. That's likeyour... -I have... yeah.

-"Oh, man. Oh, man."-(applause and cheering)

-Thank you so much.-Trevor, it's an honor.

-Don't Think Twice. -(applause and cheering)

Very funny film.Go and support it.

70 cinemas,select theaters worldwide.

And... coming out on August 26.

Mike Birbiglia, everybody.We'll be right back.