Sleepwalk With Me

This American Life producer Ira Glass says “if you haven’t heard, we made a movie! It’s called SLEEPWALK WITH ME and it’s not a documentary. It’s a comedy, written and directed by Mike Birbiglia and starring him also, with Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and Carol Kane (Taxi), plus cameos by Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jesse Klein and lots of other comedians. It won a big award at Sundance and brought down the house at SXSW.” “I’m going to tell you a story, and it’s true….I always have to tell people that.” So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut. Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Based on the successful one-man show, SLEEPWALK WITH ME engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art. “Birbiglia has a very matter-of-fact charm about him and gives the simplest of observations wonderfully sardonic weight”—E-filmcritic.com. Unrated. 90 Min.

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