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Laughspin recently posted an article by Dylan P. Gadino about Danny Lobell’s chicken story on This American Life. I am a little behind on my podcasts so I hadn’t heard it yet. It is a great story, poignant, sweet, funny. TAL has done a lot for other comedians (ie Mike Birbiglia) and Danny Lobell tells a great story.
This American Life featured comedian Danny Lobell relating a hilarious and endearing story at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. The story features “Blanco,” one of Lobell’s Ecuadorian gangster neighbors and the noisy pets they adopt.
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.