Sleepwalk with Me

“Funny and insightful… I could have watched it for ten hours.” — Judd Apatow

Director: Mike Birbiglia
Year: 2012
Country: USA
Running time: 82 mins
Censor Rating: M - offensive language
Genres: Comedy

Co-director: Seth Barrish
Producers: Ira Glass, Jacob Jaffke
Screenplay: Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish. Based on the play by Mike Birbiglia
Photography: Adam Beckman
Editor: Geoffrey Richman
Production designer: Tania Bijlani
Costume designer: Ciera Wells
Sound: Rich Bologna, Jesse Flaitz, Jeff Seelye
Music: Andrew Hollander

With: Mike Birbiglia (Matt), Lauren Ambrose (Abby), James Rebhorn (Frank), Carol Kane (Linda), Cristin Milioti (Janet), Aya Cash (Hannah), Marylouise Burke (Aunt Lucille), Loudon Wainwright III (Uncle Max), Ben Levin (Phillip), Henry Phillips (Henry), Kristen Schaal (Cynthia)

Festivals: Sundance, SXSW 2012

Mike Birbiglia’s sneakily ingratiating comedy is rippled with the rueful self-awareness of a comedian who feels just slightly conflicted about nurturing his personal shortcomings for laughs. Birbiglia is also famously dealing with REM behaviour disorder, an affliction causes him to sleepwalk or enact his dreams with potentially damaging consequences.

“Birbiglia has often told the droll, weird particulars of his sleep disorder… He links together his sleep condition with a pitilessly self-aware dramatic demonstration of what it takes to succeed as a stand-up comic… And as he plays a fictional version of himself, he makes a convincing case for why such a fellow might not make the best romantic partner.” — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“Mike Birbiglia may just be the new Woody Allen. Sleepwalk with Me is the funniest, most tender, thoughtful and downright brilliant comedy we’ve seen in years.” — James Mullinger, GQ