Sleepwalk With Me
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Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his hilarious semi-autobiographical story-already an off-Broadway smash and a best-selling book-to the screen as writer/director/star in his cinematic debut. Occasionally commenting ruefully on the action ("Remember: you're on my side!"), Birbiglia plays alter-ego Matt Pandamiglio, a struggling stand-up comedian avoiding commitment with his long-time girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose, "Six Feet Under") who is becoming impatient. Unable to confront his anxieties, Matt finds them manifesting in ridiculous, dangerous and surreal bouts of sleepwalking in which his sub-conscious runs wild (he fights off a jackal attack, competes in the Dustbuster Olympics). With the help of a doubtful talent agent he goes on the road to little colleges and dive bars, where his material bombs until he stumbles into some revealing jokes about his relationship. Birbiglia's self-deprecating persona makes for a fresh, appealing and very funny film. Co-starring Carol Kane and James Rebhorn, with cameos by members of today's stand-up scene. Co-written and produced by Ira Glass ("This American Life").