Soundcheck Live: Steve Martin and Mike Birbiglia

Friday, March 18, 2011

2:00 PM

After Steve Martin released his first full-length bluegrass album in 2009, the actor, comedian and author took home more than just a Grammy. He also won the respect of a tough crowd: banjo purists. Martin and his crack touring band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, join Soundcheck to play songs from the new album, “Rare Bird Alert.”

Three years ago, Mike Birbiglia chronicled his hilarious – and harrowing – struggle with a sleep disorder in the off-Broadway play “Sleepwalk With Me.” It spawned a book and appearances on the public radio show “This American Life” and Comedy Central. Now, Birbiglia is set to return to the New York stage for his new “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.” Before the show’s first preview tonight, he tells a live audience in The Greene Space about exploring the awkward side of romance.

Guests:

Mike Birbiglia and Steve Martin

Hosted by:

John Schaefer