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Ask a Grown Man: Mike Birbiglia

“Do boys like high-waisted jeans?” And other matters of grave concern.

Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, author, playwright, and, most recently, the writer and director of the laugh/cry-inducing new movie Sleepwalk With Me, which he also stars in.

Actually, even more recently, he is the writer/director/performer of Ask a Grown Man, addressing questions of dire concern from you guys.

(PROGRAMMING NOTE: There’s a skip in this video around the four-minute mark. Have fun imagining what he might have said there!)

Ask a Grown Man: Mike Birbiglia from Rookie on Vimeo or YouTube.

Sleepwalk With Me opens in 30 cities in America this weekend.

If you have a question for next month’s Grown Man, or the month after that’s Grown Woman, or any of us here at Rookie, please send it to


  • Maggie August 31st, 2012 3:11 PM

    • Ben September 4th, 2012 11:54 PM

      I know that’s what i was thinking! Why not just google it?

  • cynosure August 31st, 2012 3:23 PM

    Holy crap! YESSS. This is truly glorious. Thank you Rookie, you never cease to amaze me.

  • Velvetmary August 31st, 2012 3:23 PM

    The last question could be by me. I’m really short two and I always feel sooo unsexy. Thanks for encouraging me :)

  • Olivia August 31st, 2012 3:29 PM


    • LuxOrBust August 31st, 2012 4:14 PM

      i laughed so hard at this

    • Emilie August 31st, 2012 4:33 PM

      oooh my god I love it

    • Dylan August 31st, 2012 4:53 PM

      Quoting this at every party for the rest of my life

    • Mary Monica September 1st, 2012 11:38 AM

      “ALIEN ORIFICES” is my new band name. or at least my new tumblr name.

  • Abby August 31st, 2012 3:45 PM

    This is exactly how I felt when I found out that people were kissing in middle school… “PEOPLE WE KNOW ARE MAKING OUT WITH OTHER PEOPLE WE KNOW?!?! BUT HOW?!?!?!?!” Hahaha. Great post. He’s freaking adorable, by the way.

  • ocolli August 31st, 2012 3:48 PM

    “That is fine… you’re **not getting kissed**.”

  • Bloom August 31st, 2012 3:55 PM

    thank you rookie, ask a grown person never fails to make me feel better :)

  • unefillecommetoi August 31st, 2012 4:16 PM

    i’m really tall and for a while i thought tall girls couldn’t be hot…the world is absurd

  • tessatalkalot August 31st, 2012 4:51 PM

    My heart skipped a beat when he said “Tessa”. We Tessa’s are a rare bunch and for a split second I thought he was addressing me through my screen.

    • TessaTheTeenageWitch August 31st, 2012 11:03 PM


  • Dylan August 31st, 2012 4:52 PM

    Oh okay, that reaction to kids starting to make out is the best thing ever. Perfect timing, Tania and I are going to see Sleepwalk With Me tonight!!!

  • cherrycola27 August 31st, 2012 5:14 PM

    Oh my gosh Mike Birbiglia! I love him! This was so great in every way.
    Side note: I think it’s hilarious that almost every grown man as at least initially messed up saying “Ask a Grown Man”. It’s really tough, apparently! Haha

  • cherrycola27 August 31st, 2012 5:16 PM

    Also, I’ve always thought he was cute, but he seems extra cute here?? Rookie Mag Magic.

  • RainingMiceAndMen August 31st, 2012 5:18 PM

    The thing at ~4:00 is actually in one of the This American Life episodes. When it skips, he says ‘That’s fine, you’re not on the list’


  • Lillypod August 31st, 2012 5:21 PM

    Seriously. no words.

  • Isabellla August 31st, 2012 6:06 PM

    hahahah but HOW?!!

  • rockwrenroll August 31st, 2012 7:41 PM

    Ah! I love Birbigs! He’s so sweet and so sincere, thanks Rookie. “I AM NOT DOING THAT.”

  • CandyCaneChild August 31st, 2012 7:48 PM

    People we know, are MAKING OUT, with other people we know!!!!
    This was so enjoyable and put me in a much better mood. Thank you :)

  • Maddy August 31st, 2012 8:37 PM

    Is it bad I wanted to know the answer to the high-waisted jeans thing? I looked him up and I’ve actually been to both schools he attended (for camp and a math meet)!!

  • roserach August 31st, 2012 10:25 PM

    When I originally saw this along with the highwaisted Jean q on the page before you press. You know what I’m talking about? Homepage. Anyway I saw it and was like “itnwould be perfect if he doesn’t know what those are”

  • Harley August 31st, 2012 11:26 PM

    Oh my gosh his response about people making out was hilarious! I can relate to the last question, I am 5’1″ so I’ve always wondered what people think of me for being short. I shall wait for the guy who can accept my height and love for books/comics!

  • Mary Monica September 1st, 2012 11:41 AM

    ugh rookie, stop making me love these people even more. there is no room in my cold, blackened heart.

    also, get jason schwartzman for ‘ask a grown man’ or GEE TEE EFF OH.

  • Missie September 2nd, 2012 10:14 PM

    This was just spectacular! What a great guy, I loved his responses. Funny and sweet :)

  • iguessilleatit September 3rd, 2012 1:35 PM

    After having the worst day of my life, this video lifted my spirits and actually made me laugh a silly belly laugh. Thanks Rookie <3 (;

  • Jenn September 3rd, 2012 4:23 PM

    1. this is adorable.
    2. now I’m kind of tempted to start wearing Halloween costumes year-round.

    • Ben September 5th, 2012 12:00 AM

      yeah! I liked the halloween coustume part too!

  • Blue Beth September 8th, 2012 7:44 AM

    These segments always make me smile. Thanks all!

  • lmgtfy November 30th, 2012 5:54 PM

    You’re quoting your book and it’s making me realize how much I want to relate to you.

    I’m still trying to overcome the initial shock and disbelief I experienced when I found out people I know smoke weed and kiss. What in the world, how does this happen I feel inadequate.