Screened as part of NZIFF 2013
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