As a huge fan of This American Life, I’ve heard comic Mike Birbiglia detail crazy and embarrassing stories as a guest star. I also have his book, Sleepwalk With Me: and Other Painfully True Stories (which began as an off-Broadway show). He remembers in excruciating detail those childhood events that most of us would like to forget. His delivery pairs fantastic timing with hilarious perspective.
Birbiglia’s storytelling on TAL has paid off. Sleepwalk With Me is now a film that went to the Sundance Film Festival.
From Entertainment Weekly:
Sleepwalk With Me was produced by Ira Glass and based on writer-director-star Mike Birbiglia’s harrowing tale of life as a not-so-good, but-getting-better comedian. The film has been a bright spot in a Sundance lineup already brimming with comedies.
Apparently in the film, Birbiglia goes by “Matt Pandamiglio,” an equally unusual name. Here’s a preview:
Ira Glass on producing the movie. So funny. An honest portrayal of hard work that goes into a film.