Sleepwalk With Me, a film by comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia, and produced by Ira Glass, engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art. Playing now in San Francisco and Berkeley.
“I’m going to tell you a story and it’s true… I always have to tell people that,” so asserts 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 is co-written and produced by Ira Glass (NPR's "This American Life") and features a stellar supporting cast that includes Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under”), Carol Kane (Taxi), James Rebhorn (Meet the Parents), Cristin Milioti ("30 Rock"), and a sampling from the who's who of today's stand-up scene.
Bursting with sincerity, Mike Birbiglia’s foray into the medium marks the invigorating emergence of a strong and poignant American voice, at once hilarious and heartbreaking.