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There’s always that one person — whether an ignorant friend or snarky online commenter — who bemoans what a weak year it’s been for film. To those naysayers I reply, “Well, you just haven’t seen enough movies.”
Written, directed by and starring comedian Mike Birbiglia, “Sleepwalk With Me” opened this summer to critical acclaim and a hefty chunk of change at the box office.
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LOS ANGELES — Mike Birbiglia, a stand-up comic with a sleep disorder, stars in, co-writes and makes his directing debut with "Sleepwalk With Me," which is about ... a stand-up comic with a sleep disorder. He plays a Brooklyn bartender simultaneously juggling his desire for onstage success with the girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose) who wants him to commit to her offstage. Then there is the pesky sleepwalking problem that plagues him no matter what he does.
In this Jan. 23, 2012 file photo, director/actor Mike Birbiglia of the film "Sleepwalk With Me," poses for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)
Much of the best comedy derives from personal pain, and comic turned filmmaker Mike Birbiglia deftly transposes his stand-up routine to the big screen in "Sleepwalk With Me."
In this publicity photo released by IFC Films, Mike Birbiglia as Matt Pandamiglio is shown in a scene from director Mike Birbiglia’s "Sleepwalk With Me," an IFC Films release. (AP Photo/IFC Films, Adam Beckman)
In this publicity photo released by IFC Films, from left, Mike Birbiglia as Matt Pandamiglio, Danny Borbon as Tommy, and Amanda Perez as Tammy are shown in a scene from director Mike Birbiglia’s "Sleepwalk With Me," an IFC Films release. (AP Photo/IFC Films, Adam Beckman)