Thalia Film Club Xtra - Sleepwalk With Me
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
The Thalia Film Club
Q&A with writer/director/actor Mike Birbiglia!
2012. US. Mike Birbiglia. 90 min. Color. Starring Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Cristin Milioti,Aya Cash, Marylouise Burke, Loudon Wainwright III, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane
Official Selection at:
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
JUST FOR LAUGHS FILM FESTIVAL
BAM CINEMA FEST
NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL
"A funny and insightful movie. I could have watched it for ten hours." - Judd Apatow
"One of the best films ever made on the subject of stand-up comedy." - Jacob S. hal, Movies.com
"Not just the funniest movie that I saw at Sundance, but the funniest movie that I've seen in the past year." - Mike Ryan, Moviefone
"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. Produced and co-written by Ira Glass (NPR'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.
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.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA, Writer & Director
Birbiglia is a comedian, writer and actor best known for his award-winning off-Broadway hit Sleepwalk With Me: a one-man show that straddled standup comedy and theater and was presented by Broadway legend Nathan Lane. The New York Times called his show "simply perfect" and Time Out New York named it their Comedy of the Year. Birbiglia followed up his theatrical debut with his New York Times bestselling book "Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories."
Birbiglia has emerged as standup comedy's preeminent storyteller. He has starred in three Comedy Central Specials, released three hit CDs for Comedy Central Records: Two Drink Mike; My Secret Public Journal Live; and Sleepwalk With Me, which debuted at #1 in Billboard Magazine. Birbiglia has also made regular appearances on Public Radio International's This American Life. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared in the feature films Going the Distance, Cedar Rapids, My Sister's Sister, and in Lena Dunham's forthcoming HBO series "Girls."