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About The Film

Ira Glass writes:

One of the best things we have ever done on This American Life was not on the radio. Is that bad to admit? It was an episode of our show that we did on stage and beamed live into movie theaters everywhere. It's one of the most ambitious, and frankly, craziest things we've ever tried.

Featuring performances by David Sedaris, Tig Notaro, OK Go, David Rakoff, Ryan Knighton and more. You can stream the film or download to your computer or smart phone.

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It’s This American Life’s wildest, most ambitious live show ever! Nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians joined Ira Glass onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House on June 7th, 2014 to try some things they'd never tried before. The result? Journalism turned into opera, into plays, into a Broadway musical (by Lin-Manuel Miranda, starring Lindsay Mendez and Anthony Ramos). Comedy from Mike Birbiglia, and SNL’s Sasheer Zamata. Songs from Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. Dance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company. The video can be yours for just five bucks!

Video directed by Seth Lind, produced by Ben Cohen and Ben Katz.

Our 2012 live show The Invisible Made Visible featured performances by David Sedaris, David Rakoff, Tig Notaro, Glynn Washington, Ryan Knighton and host Ira Glass. Plus dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, music by OK Go, photographs by Vivian Maier, animation, and projected illustrations. And one super special secret guest.