Twitter sensation Shelby Fero was assigned to interview Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass about their movie Sleepwalk with Me, and she decided to do it in character as Mike Birbiglia – a dark demented version of Mike Birbiglia, that is – with Ira Glass asking interviewing her as Shelby Fero. It's a lot of fun.
Those teenage years, they're rough. That's why I like Rookie's Ask a Grown Man feature, as it lets those poor, confused teenagers get advice from grown ups they respect a lot more than their stupid parents, who totally don't understand them. The latest entry in the series features Mike Birbiglia giving some pretty solid advice on subjects such as kissing, sexist jokes, and broken hearts, and somewhat less solid advice on high-waisted jeans. Just have him stick to the subject of human connections and avoid fashion and you'll be fine, teenage girls.
Sleepwalk With Me ran awake this weekend. On just one screen it earned $65,000. This had a lot to do with Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia vowing to be at every single showing. Either way it worked exactly as planned. Better yet, its $65,000 per-screen average trounced The Avengers $47,698 opening average. In you face, Joss Whedon. Your movie lost to the movie you jokingly protested as a way of promoting the work of your friends. I bet you're going to have trouble sleeping on the pile of residual checks you've received from the $1.5 billion your movie made. (P.S. You should probs deposit those checks.) [...]
With the Internet and all its doohickies there must be 14 zillion ways to promote a movie yet Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass (aka Team Big Glass) are going old school. They're just going to be there. "Hey, come by this movie theater and hang out. Oh yeah, a movie will be playing? 'What movie?' you ask? Well, it's our movie but, seriously, we really just want to hang." If it were anymore grassroots it would be just signs written with the actual roots of grass.
Movie of our dreams Sleepwalk With Me, based on Mike Birbiglia's one-man show of the same title, has been acquired by IFC Films for a North American release. It's great news for Birbiglia and the moviegoing public, of course, but perhaps the most important consequence of this news is that we all have an excuse to make lots of awful sleep-related puns. I'll start us off: Don't sleep on this one, guys, 'cause I think it's going to be REM-tastic. I'm napsolutely gonna go zzzzsee it in theaters. (Your turn.)
Comedian and Sleepwalk with Me writer/director Mike Birbiglia appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and told a story about bombing onstage in front of the Muppets and being heckled by Statler and Waldorf, which must difficult because they're the most famous and successful hecklers ever.
Hit the jump for the second half of the interview, which features Birbiglia's story about parasitic mice:
Look, I'm no eating chicken salad sandwiches expert, but unless they caught him during his first bite, he probably could've knocked out that sammy during that back and forth. Also, I'm no nut allergy expert, but being able to be killed by nut particles in the air must be terrifying. Not because you could die at any moment but because if you did die, it would look really silly. You'd be just hanging out and talking and then you'd start choking on nothing, as if Darth Vader was mad at you or if there was some sort of b-movie death cloud. Sounds like something Mike would dream in his [...]
I like the idea of that cop watching Fallon and screaming to his wife in the other room, "Hey Angie, it's the guy from the photo. I told you I had an eye for talent. I'm moving to Hollywood, Angie, to produce movies. The first one is going to be about a cop who becomes a big shot Hollywood producer. It's called 'Private Eye (for Talent)!' Maybe I can get this Mike Birbagabooga fella to play me– I mean, this fictional handsome cop producer. Anyway, you comin' with?" In response, Angie: "Sure, Harvey Weinstein." And that's how it all started.
This looks fun, right guys? Marc Maron is in it and he's acting! Sleepwalk With Me is based on Mike Birbiglia's one-man show and book of the same name and was co-written by the icon of glasses wearers everywhere Ira Glass. The film hits theaters on August 24th, so start taking sleeping pills in preparation. Oh, what's that? You don’t actually go sleepwalking with Mike; it's just a title? Never mind the pills then.
The SXSW comedy lineup is here, and incidentally, it's almost exactly the same as the invitation list for my dream wedding! (It's only missing Jughead from Archie Comics and Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's characters from Wedding Crashers, because what's a dream wedding without crashers?) In addition to standup and improv galore, the schedule features live episodes of WTF, Comedy Bang Bang, Doug Loves Movies, You Made It Weird, and The Chris Gethard Show. As for the comedians themselves, there are almost too many great comics to name (for a start: Marc Maron, John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, Mike Birbiglia, Amy Schumer, Eugene Mirman, TJ Miller, Reggie Watts, Kumail Nanjiani), [...]
Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass's new movie Sleepwalk with Me has been playing at select theaters throughout the country for a few weeks now, and it's now available via Video on Demand. To celebrate the VOD release and build up some hype, Birbiglia and Glass made the above video to encourage fans to hold pizza parties to watch the movie and to announce that they'll be video-chatting with as many of these pizza parties as possible this Friday. To register your pizza party head over to This American Life's website for your chance to eat pizza and chat with a couple of Hollywood big shots.
Great acting, Lutz! Sorry you're typecast as a hotel front desk person. Have you seen Sleepwalk with Me yet? Is it just 90 minutes of comedians watching other movies and resting their heads on each other's shoulders. If so, two tickets, please. If not, only one ticket, please.
With his first feature coming out this Friday, Mike Birbiglia is already working on his follow-up. Like Sleepwalk With Me, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is based on a one-man show of Mike's. (It's on tour this fall.) As Mike described it to Indiewire: "It's about how I basically decided to get married without believing in the idea of marriage…It's about giving up on the idea of being right on things." Even though the show My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is autobiographical, the film will not be, or at least it won't be completely. Most notably, the lead character is not a comedian but a journalist, which is a slight yet significant shift. [...]
Mike Birbiglia's latest (and very excellent) one-man show, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is about to head out on the road. If you didn't get to see it during its Off Broadway run in NYC, your opportunity has arrived. It's a 27-date tour that takes him to all of comedy's biggest hotspots, from Tampa to Turlock, CA. Yes, it's a real town, I assume! In any case, check out his website for ticket info and see the full schedule below.
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