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EP 480: Father's Day Special with Mike Birbiglia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia discusses his new book The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad including the seven reasons he originally never wanted to be a parent, the lies couples tell themselves when they decide to have a baby, and the scourge of parents who try to push babies on other people. He opens up about he and his wife's initial troubles conceiving, reveals that President Barack Obama was the first person to learn that they were pregnant, and shares some pretty good parenting advice that they got from the leader of the free world. He talks about the moment when he finally felt like a member of his own family again, the pleasure of seeing the world through his daughter’s eyes, and whether this reluctant father might be ready to give Oona a baby brother or sister. Plus sugar-fries, snot suckers, magic sleep suits, and more!

Order Mike Birbiglia's book The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold. Watch Mike’s Netflix special The New One and subscribe to his new podcast Mike Birbiglia’s Working It Out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you like to listen. You can keep up with Mike at or on Twitter at @Birbigs. Today's episode was sponsored by Black Rifle Coffee Company and Capella University. Go to and use promo code KICK for 20% off Black Rifle Coffee Company's premium roast-to-order coffee. You'll also be helping support the Veteran and military community! Learn more about Capella University's flexible online doctoral degree programs and scholarship opportunities at

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