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Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me Is Coming to Theaters

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.)

Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me Gets Animated

Here's a clip from Mike Birbiglia's new album, Sleepwalk With Me: Live, that's been animated to provide visuals to Mike's story about encountering a bear. If you are still somehow unfamiliar with this set of stories and jokes, despite the acclaimed off-Broadway show, book and now album, this is a good intro!

Tales From the Road: A Conversation with Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia is one of the best storytelling comedians around. He recently turned a successful run of his one-man show Sleepwalk With Me into an excellent book of the same name (you can read an excerpt from it here). He was nice enough to talk to me about the book, some of the weirder experiences he's had on the road and advice he'd give to comics just starting out.

Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me: Portrait of the Comic as a Young Man

There’s something a little distasteful about humor for humor’s sake, something crude in trying to provoke laughter in strangers: I say this thing, you feel this way. The function’s just too simple. There’s a sense that one must justify their jest, and biography’s a good way to excuse the impulse to joke.

Comedians are always telling origin stories: why they’re funny, and – often – how they’ve gotten funnier. They usually self-identify with one of three archetypes: the nerd who discovered he could make girls laugh; the baby of family who used humor to get a word in edgewise; or the sufferer, who, in the face of tragedy, joked [...]

Watch a Dreamy Scene from Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me Movie

This scene from the film version of Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me is a great expression of the eerily calm, perfectly logical nonsense of dreams. It's also worth listening to the radio version of the same story depicted in the clip for a fun comparison. And then put in your zip code to persuade some film distributors to pick up the movie for a wide release so we can all go see it instead of just (WAIT FOR IT OH GOD THIS IS GONNA BE GOOD) dreaming about it.

Mike Birbiglia to Live, Sleep in a Macy's Window For a Week

Mike Birbiglia's promotions for Sleepwalk With Me are getting pretty intense: "Birbiglia is the featured attraction in a joint promotion of Procter & Gamble Co.'s Downy fabric softener and Macy's Inc. bedding that will find him spending a week in a display window at Macy's Herald Square store in New York City. He'll talk with fans, interact online, and, it's planned, sleep."

Mike Birbiglia vs. The Scrambler

Mike Birbiglia was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote his new book Sleepwalk with Me. He told a story from the book, one about an ill-fated date to an amusement park. I won't spoil it; the video's above.

The Film Version of Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me Sounds Awesome

Here's some more information about the films at Sundance this year, including the long-awaited Celeste and Jesse Forever, Bachelorette and Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me. The latter, based on Birbiglia's one-man show, sounds especially exciting. Birbiglia says it's about “the concept [that] you can talk about these things you're ashamed of, and more often than not, you find a deeper connection with people. The one thing you’re most reluctant to tell, that’s where the comedy is.” (I just picked my nose and I constantly crave the approval of everyone I meet. Did I do it right?)

Mike Birbiglia on Southern Food and Heart Attacks

Mike Birbiglia is in the middle of a pretty extensive tour to support his new book Sleepwalk with Me, and he just posted an entry to his blog about some of his experiences in the south. Like the book, it's pretty great. Here's a snippet: But I had some amazing shows in the south, though I’m pretty sure they tried to kill me with their food. I don’t think it’s personal. I mean, I think the goal of Southern food is that you die. I actually tweeted that the other day and all these people tweeted me back, “But you die happy!” and I’m not so sure. [...]

Trying to Know Mitch Hedberg

The following is excerpted from Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me, specifically the chapter about his experiences touring with his hero, Mitch Hedberg.

One night Mitch was onstage and in the middle of his set he said, "Oh no, I got to go to the bathroom. Can someone come onstage and tell a joke?" There was this long gaping silence, then he said, "I'm serious, you guys. I really gotta go." And it's still silent. People didn't know what to do.

Backstage I turned to Lynn and said, "Are you gonna go up?"

"Will you?" she said.

"Okay."

I walked onstage and approached Mitch. He didn't know I was [...]