Whether it’s been as a comedian, writer, storyteller, or frequent contributor to This American Life, Mike Birbiglia has made a living just talking about his experiences and getting audiences to relate to his day to day struggles. The latest development in his career progression is this new film, Sleepwalk With Me, a tale of struggling in a new career, dealing with societal pressure to start a family, and living through an insane medical condition that makes you do crazy shit while you’re asleep; all material ripped straight out of Birbiglia’s real life experiences.
Sleepwalk With Me started as a stage show called “Sleepwalk With Me Live,” which later got recorded and became a best-selling comedy album of the same name. The next step was to turn the stories into written memoirs, so “Sleepwalk With Me & Other Painfully True Stories” was born, and went on to become a New York Times Bestseller. This new film adaptation of the material features Birbiglia acting in the starring role, co-directing with Seth Barrish, and co-writing with a handful of collaborators. That’s a lot of Mike Birbiglia.
If you’re a fan of the man, then probably you’ve already been exposed to this material enough that sitting through it all again on the big screen might sound a little ridiculous. But, if you’ve yet to see what all of the fuss is about, a new movie in an air-conditioned theater might be the perfect excuse to familiarize yourself with this unique comedic voice. You really can’t go wrong: Kate Erbland did already see it and like it, after all.
Sleepwalk With Me hits theaters on August 24, so get your travel pillows ready. [Apple]