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Ira Glass & Mike Birbiglia

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Adam in New York

Adam in New York

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Show Summary

Adam joins the stage with Alison, Bald Bryan, and comedian Mike Birbiglia right from the top. Adam talks about the security in NY, and gives a couple audience members a hard time for what they’re wearing. The guys then take suggestions for What Can’t Adam Complain About, and Adam rants about scholarships, Livestrong bracelets, and hot chicks. Adam also talks about a couple exchanges he had with the Baldwin brothers.

Before going into the news, Alison talks about a personal news story: a hotel bellhop saw her naked in her hotel room while she was drying her hair. The guys talk to an actual bellhop in the audience, and try to determine the proper protocol for knocking, as well as tipping. The guys also talks about Obama being in town, and how close New York is to legalizing gay marriage.

Adam is then thrilled to welcome ‘This American Life’ executive producer and host, Ira Glass to the show. Ira talks about being a Loveline fan back in the day, and relates to the frustration of bringing a radio show to television. Adam talks to Ira about his favorite episode of TAL, where a man wanted to have his bull cloned, despite evidence saying it was a bad idea. The guys also talk about Adam’s Guinness Book of World Records for Most Downloaded Podcast, and the proper waitress tipping etiquette.

Returning to the news, Justin Bieber is in town selling his new perfume, and Bald Bryan has an update about his reaction to Adam’s show last night, since he was in the crowd. The guys also talk about the apprehension of a famous gangster in Santa Monica, and the show wraps up with the audience getting riled up over brand names that may disappear in 2012.


Links

See Ira at www.TheTalentShowBrandVarietyShow.com and listen to episodes of This American Life on NPR, iTunes, or at www.ThisAmericanLife.org

You can also visit www.Birbigs.com, and follow Mike on Twitter @Birbigs.


Show Credits

Producer: Mike August
Producer: Mike Lynch
Producer: Mike Dawson
Audio/Voice Over/Post-Production: Mike Dawson
Newsgirl: Alison Rosen
Sound Effects: Bryan Bishop
Technical Director: Logan Moy
Researcher: Chris Laxamana
Show Summary: Matt Fondiler


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  1. ted
    ted12-27-2011

    Adam please do more live podcasts in the next year

  2. PJ
    PJ12-27-2011

    Yay, Birbigs! Wish he would’ve talked more but I think he was too busy laughing at Adam. This was some good pod, though.

  3. Dave
    Dave12-27-2011

    Merry belated Xmas! Love you guys and even Bald Bryan. Can’t wait to see what the Aceman and the crew have in store for us in 2012! No Bai Ling or Lou Ferigno.

  4. nater
    nater12-27-2011

    Aiiiiieee!
    epic live show, folks!
    “If I were a member of your spieces, thius is right where I’d go…” Ira Glass
    top knotch!

  5. Matt Cortese
    Matt Cortese12-27-2011

    I really enjoy Birbiglia whenever I hear him interviewed or on a podcast. It’s still a dicky thing Glass did questioning how the Carolla show became the #1 podcast. However he wasn’t as bad or annoying as I remembered, so I’m happy I relistened to this one.

  6. Dave
    Dave12-27-2011

    Despite all the critics, I enjoyed the several “in car” podcasts recently.

  7. JessMan
    JessMan12-28-2011

    this might reignite the podcast rivalry. hopefully not the dumb comments to come with it

  8. ran
    ran12-28-2011

    i really kinda wish carolla hadent torn ira such a new one on the episode that followed this one, i dont think ira was being all that serious and was just busting adams chops. adams response in the following episode seemed a little overdone, and i think ira would make a great guest on a future non-live episode in the.

    • ABM
      ABM12-30-2011

      Really don’t get why Adam’s was so pissed at Glass either, maybe he jealous?

  9. Brogan
    Brogan12-29-2011

    Great show, Adam was on fire. The insane reaction over the corn pops was hilarious too.

  10. Hood
    Hood01-01-2012

    impregnate a bull?

  11. TheHood
    TheHood09-03-2012

    Ira Glass does love on the download. true

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