Sleepwalk With Me
A comedy by Mike Birbiglia
Produced by Ira Glass of This American Life
A comedy for anyone who’s ever had a dream.
And then jumped out a window.
Country of Origin: USA
Duration: 81 minutes
Director: Mike Birbiglia, co-directed by Seth Barrish
Producers: Ira Glass, Jacob Jaffke
Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn, Cristin Milioti, Loudon Wainwright III and special appearances by Kristin Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Alex Karpovsky
Australian release: 4 April 2013
‘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 a kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art. Produced and co-written by Ira Glass (PRI’s ‘This American Life’), Sleepwalk With Me 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 including Kristin Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Marc Maron, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips, David Wain and Alex Karpovsky.
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.
FOUR STARS – Time Out New York
‘A funny and insightful movie. I could have watched it for ten hours’ – Judd Apatow (This is 40, Girls, Funny People)
‘One of the best films ever made on the subject of stand-up comedy’ – Jacob S. Hall, Movies.com
‘The funniest, most tender, thoughtful and downright brilliant comedy we’ve seen in years.’ – James Mullinger, GQ
‘I like this movie. More important, I like Mike Birbiglia.’ – Roger Ebert, Chicago SunTimes
‘Extremely funny’ – Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, Huffington Post
‘Grade: A. A charming odd-ball comedy.’ – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
‘Consistently amusing.’ – Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian
A ‘charming gem set in the world of stand-up comedy, co-produced and co-scripted by This American Life’s Ira Glass’ – Zach Udko, Huffington Post
‘Laugh-out-loud funny and somewhat melancholic’. – New York Observer
PARTICIPATING CINEMAS FROM THURSDAY 4 APRIL
VIC: Cinema Nova
NSW: Dendy Cinemas Newtown, Chauvel Cinema, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Palace Byron Bay (from 2 May)
ACT: Palace Electric Cinema
QLD: Palace Centro Cinema
SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
WA: Luna Palace Cinema Paradiso
TAS: State Cinema
NT: Araluen Arts Centre