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Mike Birbiglia's "Porno for Parents"

We mentioned comedian Mike Birbiglia in passing the other day, but failed to convey just how awesome he is. Someone who can appeal to both the audiences of Comedy Central and This American Life possesses a rare gift. He  covers crass topics without ever crossing the line. He’s the boyfriend you love so much, but ultimately only as a great friend (and we mean that in the nicest way!). You’d have a great long-distance relationship with him over the phone, but then face-to-face a little of the magic would disappear. That’s not to say he’s ugly (he is in fact adorable, like a beagle) — but the richness of his voice and how it helps tell tales and deliver jokes can best be appreciated without a visual, or at least without his visual. Which may be why he’s recently animated a few of his choice bits from his latest show, “My Secret Public Journal,” on his YouTube channel, Birbigstube.com. The second in the series is “Porno for Parents” which, again, tackles a touchy topic hilariously without going for gonzo shock. And we love him for it. Like a brother.

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