JUST ADDED: MIKE BIRBIGLIA “THANK GOD FOR JOKES” TOUR COMES TO THE MAC FRIDAY, MARCH 13

Tickets on Sale to MAC Donors and Subscribers Now; On Sale to the Public Dec. 6

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – Today McAninch Arts Center (MAC) Director Diana Martinez announced an addition to the 2014-2015 Season: Mike Birbiglia. Birbiglia brings his “Thank God for Jokes” Tour to the MAC (425 Fawell Blvd) Friday, March 13, for two performances at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Award-winning comedian, author, and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia shares painfully awkward stories in a show about jokes, and how they can get you in trouble. Ira Glass of NPR’s This American Life writes “Birbiglia’s stories are even funnier live than they are on the radio.” Time Magazine calls Birbiglia “master of the personal,

embarrassing tale.” The New York Times describes him as a “supremely enjoyable monologist.”

Tickets go on sale to MAC donors and subscribers today, Nov. 19

at 12 noon; and will go on sale to the general public by phone and online, Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 10 a.m. Single tickets are $43-$60. For tickets or more information visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.

Over the past 14 years comedian Birbiglia has developed a one-of-a-kind storytelling style in the world of standup comedy. He has made more than 40 network television appearances on shows including “The Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS), “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC), Conan (TBS), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS) and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC). He is a regular contributor to the Peabody Award-winning NPR radio show, “This American Life.” Birbiglia has released four albums, and both The Onion and USA Today named My Secret Public Journal Live one of “The Best Comedy Albums of the Decade.”

Birbiglia’s off-Broadway hit, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show and was named a Critics Pick by The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York. Following a successful New York run, Mike brought the show to more than 70 cities worldwide, including the Sydney Opera House, London’s Soho Theatre, and Carnegie Hall. Filmed in Seattle and premiering on Netflix, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” was selected as the best stand-up

special of 2013 by Vulture, Paste magazine, The Laugh Button, and Laughspin. Flavorwire listed the special as one of the top 20 funniest stand-up specials of all time, and it was nominated for Best Comedy Special at the 2014 American Comedy Awards.

In 2012 Mike directed and starred in the feature film adaptation of his one-man show “Sleepwalk With Me.” The film won an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival, was released in theaters nationwide by IFC Films and was one of the top 3 most critically acclaimed comedies of the year on Rotten Tomatoes, with top critics rating it 87%. Currently Birbiglia is touring the United States with “Thank God For Jokes,” and planning a follow-up feature film.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces: (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall, the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre, and the versatile black box Studio Theatre). It also encompasses the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than

1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor pavilion, and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. The MAC renovation was funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010. The MAC completed its 14-month, $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to the public with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8, 2014 and secured Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in October 2014. The MAC’s 2014-2015 Season is its first full season following the landmark

renovations.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

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McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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