This American Life - Live!

with host Ira Glass Captured Live and screening in Australian cinemas

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May

Ira Glass, host of WBEZ Chicago’s critically acclaimed radio show This American Life, broadcast on ABC Radio National, is coming to Australian cinemas for the first time with This American Life – Live!, a special captured live performance on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.

Tickets for This American Life – Live! are available at participating cinemas below and online at

Captured live from the Skirball Center at New York University, Glass will present stories by writers David Sedaris and  David Rakoff, comedian Tig Notaro and Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington. Together they will perform a live stage version of the radio show, centred on the theme “The Invisible Made Visible.” The performance will also feature a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, live music by the rock band OK Go, a dance performance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, original animation and illustration, and special surprise guests.

"I saw this amazing dance performance by Monica Bill Barnes' company, and I thought - that is totally in the style of our radio show," said host Ira Glass. "But obviously you can't have dance on the radio. Then I realized, we have to do another cinema event! We've built this line-up of stories mixed with super visual things, including the dancers I saw that night, so it's going to feel like the radio show but also totally unlike anything we've done before. I really can't wait to see how it turns out."

Ira Glass

About This American Life

This American Life is a weekly hour-long radio program which debuted in 1995 on WBEZ Chicago. Now distributed by Public Radio International, it is broadcast to more than 500 radio stations reaching 1.7 million weekly listeners. Often the most popular podcast in the country averaging more than 750,000 weekly downloads, the show has won major broadcasting awards including the Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Edward R. Murrow Awards.  In 2001, Time Magazine named Glass the “best radio host in America.” From 2007-2008, a television version of This American Life aired on Showtime, winning three Emmy® Awards. In Australia, This American Life is broadcast on ABC Radio National on Sundays at 7pm.

Alisa Miller, president and CEO of Public Radio International (PRI) said, "Previous This American Life digital cinema events have been as lively, entertaining and amazing as the radio show. Ira Glass is a master storyteller on the radio and in this new live show, Ira promises to add new dimensions to that art form.  As the organization that brings diverse perspectives to public media, PRI is proud to support this digital cinema event, and all of Ira's work."

SESSION TIMES for Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May

(check cinemas for encore sessions)


Cinema Nova Saturday May 26 : 1.00pm Sunday    May 27 : 1.00pm

Palace Como Saturday 26 May 1pm Sunday 27 May 1pm

Palace Brighton Bay Saturday 26 May 1pm Sunday 27 May 1pm

Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick Saturday 26 May 2pm Sunday 27 May 2pm

Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave Saturday 26 May 2pm Sunday 27 May 2pm

Sorrento Athenaeum Saturday 26 May 1pm Sunday 27 May 1pm


Dendy Newtown Saturday 26 May 1pm Sunday 27 May 1pm

Chauvel Cinema, Paddington Saturday 26 May 1pm Sunday 27 May 1pm

Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne Saturday 26 May 1pm

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Sunday 27 May 1pm


Dendy Canberra Saturday 26 May 1pm Sunday 27 May 1pm


Palace Nova Eastend Saturday 26 May 1pm Sunday 27 May 1pm


Palace Centro Saturday 26 May 1pm Sunday 27 May 1pm

PERTH Luna Cinema Paradiso Saturday 26 May 1pm Sunday 27 May 1pm


[nggallery id=80]