Mike Birbiglia on Trainwreck, Judd Apatow and Pot Brownies

Not into movies about guys that morph into ants or those annoying Minion things? (Yeah, I’ll say it, Minions are annoying.) If you’re looking for a good laugh check out rising comedy star Amy Schumer in Trainwreck. Schumer’s debut film officially opens tomorrow, but lots of local theaters are showing it tonight. Be the first to see it and then you can spoil all the best jokes for your friends and co-workers.

Trainwreck stars Schumer as a single woman who’s forced to face her fear of commitment when she meets a nice guy (Bill Hader). The movie, directed by Judd Apatow, also features LeBron James, Vanessa Bayer, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Tilda Swinton, Jim Florentine (who makes a cameo as one of Shumer’s hookups and who we recently interviewed) and Mike Birbiglia.

We interviewed Mike Birbiglia in September 2014 and he spoke about his involvement in Trainwreck, working with Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow and why he won’t eat a pot brownie.

Mike Andrelczyk: You just wrapped up shooting Trainwreck with Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow. Amy Schumer is known for being dirty and you’re kind of the opposite of that. What role do you play?

Mike Birbiglia: I play Amy Schumer’s brother-in-law. It was a blast working with Amy. Yeah, we have an opposite dynamic and we play off each other really well. It’s really funny. She knows what’s funny about me and I know what’s funny about her and we play it and have a good time. I did an episode of her series this season. Judd is fascinating to work with. It was a real thrill. I was just watching This is Forty with my wife last night and we were just cracking up. That scene where they take pot cookies at the hotel made me laugh so hard.

Mike Birbiglia in Amy Schumer’s Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer

MA:  Do you eat pot cookies?

MB: I’ve always been afraid of pot cookies and brownies. It’s always kind of terrified me. I have a sweet tooth so I could probably eat like nine of them and the next thing you know I’m on another planet or like driving a tractor in Alabama, lot’s of bad possibilities.

Read the full interview with Mike Birbiglia here. And go see Trainwreck tonight here, here, here, here, here, or here.



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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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