Sleepwalk with Me by Mike Birbiglia
and Other Painfully True Stories

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Hello, I am Mike Birbiglia and I want you to read my book. Too on the nose? Sorry. Let me dial it back.

 I’m Mike Birbiglia and I’m a comedian. You may know me from Comedy Central or This American Life or The Bob & Tom Show, but you’ve never seen me like this before.

Naked.

Wait, that’s the name of another book. Also I’m not naked as there are no pictures in my book. Also, if there were naked pictures of me, you definitely wouldn’t buy it, though you might sneak a copy into the back corner of the bookstore and show it to your friend and laugh. Okay, let’s get off the naked stuff.

This is my first book. It’s difficult to describe. It’s a comedic memoir, but I’m only 32 years old so I’d hate for you to think I’m “wrapping it up,” so to speak. But I tell some personal stories. Some REALLY personal stories. Stories that I considered not publishing time and time again, especially when my father said, “Michael, you might want to stay away from the per­sonal stuff.” I said, “Dad, just read the dedication.” (Which I’m telling you to do too.)

Some of the stories are about my childhood, some are about girls I made out with when I was thirteen, some are about my parents, and some are, of course, about my bouts with sleepwalking. Bring this book to bed. And sleepwalk with me.
 

About Mike Birbiglia

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Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, author, actor, and director. His one person shows Sleepwalk with Me and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend have both run successfully off-Broadway and toured internationally. He was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor for this book and his feature film adaptation of it won the NEXT category’s audience award at Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
 
Published October 12, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 210 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Mike Birbiglia has told his semiautobiographical tale in many different forms already. Now it’s a movie.  

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The Washington Post

(Birbiglia wrote the script with producer Ira Glass, co-director Seth Barrish and his brother, Joe Birbiglia.) In a film that combines vignette-like set pieces, fourth-wall-breaking riffs and often bizarre dream sequences, Birbiglia creates a world that’s at once wildly imaginative and instantly ...

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Common Sense Media

The movie depicts the main character's dreams, which can sometimes be violent -- in one scene, for example, he jumps out a window and cuts his legs on the broken glass (blood is shown).

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Boston.com

The movie comes from some of Birbiglia’s stage material and pains itself to explain, in less than 80 minutes, how Birbiglia found his voice as a comedian, and how that discovery cost him a meaningful romantic relationship.

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NY Daily News

But the screenplay — co-written by “This American Life’ host Ira Glass — meanders in appealing fashion, like a saga you’d share with a friend over drinks.

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Time Out New York

(Birbiglia launched his story on NPR’s This American Life—Ira Glass is a producer—and his tale has a similar wryness.) Continually, the narrative stops in its tracks at savage sights: an agent eating popcorn out of a carelessly curled headshot;

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Film School Rejects

Editor’s note: Festival favorite Sleepwalk With Me hits limited release this week, so what follows is a re-run of our Sundance review of the film, originally posted on January 27, 2012.

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Editor’s note: Festival favorite Sleepwalk With Me hits limited release this week, so what follows is a re-run of our Sundance review of the film, originally posted on January 27, 2012.

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