Sleepwalk with Me

Synopsis: A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish (co-director)
Production: IFC Films
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

Before we begin,

I just want to ask you

to turn off your phone.

I say that 'cause I was

at a movie recently,

and the guy next to me answered

his phone during the movie.

And he answered it by saying-

and I quote...

he said, "Who dis?"

Which means, not only was he

willing to talk to someone;

He was willing

to talk to anyone.

He didn't care who it "das."


I'm not sure what the past tense

of "dis" is,

but he did not care

who it "das."

I'm gonna tell you a story,

and-and it's true.

I always have to tell people

that because, inevitably,

someone will come up to me,

and they'll be like,

"Was that true?"

And I'll be like, "Yeah."

And they'll be like, "Was it?"

I don't know

how to respond to that.

Like, I guess I could

say it louder, you know,

like, "Yeah!"

They'd be like,

"it's probably true.

He said it louder."


Are you okay?

Yes, yes.

It all started

when my girlfriend Abby and I

decided to move in toether.

I wasn't entirely sure

it was the best idea.

Hardwood floors, lots of room.

My apartment now is only

slightly bigger than my body.

So this is better?

Yeah, yeah, this is better.


It's so dark in here,

so we can paint.

Yeah. Yeah.

Well, if you like it,

you should act quickly,

because this will go today.

Well, I love it.

Matt, do you love it?

Do you-what do you want...

Iwell, I mean, do you think

we should see other places,

or are we rushing here?

Mm, well...




We'll take it.

Good. Let's fill out...

I just didn't feel like

my life was on sure footing.

You know, Abby was always

the more focused

of the two of us.

Abby was teaching

these vocal workshops

at a studio in Brooklyn,

and her students loved her.

Meanwhile, I was trying

to be a comedian,

which was not going so well.

When I was a kid,

I wanted to be a comedian,

a rapper, or the owner

of a pizza restaurant

where third graders

could hang out.

I didn't realize that

instead of being a comedian,

I would end up

just working at a bar

where they have comedy.

Like, over time,

I've learned to become

more realistic about my goals.

Like, over time, for me,

the dream has gone from

getting famous doing comedy

to making a living doing comedy

to finding $20 in the street.

I feel like that's

way more realistic...

So it wasn't going too well.

But I kept telling myself

that it was,

because you-

I think, to be a comedian,

you have to be

a little bit delusional.

Particularly starting out,

there's just so much failure.

And amidst that failure,

you have to tell yourself,

"it's going quite nicely."

Because if you didn't, you would

just never get onstage again.

You'd be like, "I guess

human beings don't like me."

That's a hard reality to face.

As a matter of fact,

there are a lot of realities

I have a hard time facing.

But we'll get to that later.



I, I packed the blue thing

and then the pink thing

that goes under it.


And I got you these.

They didn't have unsalted,

so I flew to Africa

and got you those, specially.

Thank you, Abby.

That was a great class.

Bye, Martin. Thanks.


Listen, the class was not...

Really? That guy seemed happy.

And could you sign that?

That's for Janet.

They have a whole section now

for "Your Sister's

Engagement Party" cards.

Wow. This is really specific.


I was gonna cross some stuff

out, you know...


No mention of divorce rate


Do you want me

to write that in?

Yeah, you could write it in.

To Janet and Philip.

Last year, my younger sister

Janet got engaged.

That's Janet.

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Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia (born June 20, 1978) is an American comedian, actor, and filmmaker. He is a frequent contributor to This American Life and The Moth, and has released several comedy albums and television specials. His feature-length directorial debut Sleepwalk with Me (2012), based on his one-man show of the same name and in which he also starred, won awards at the Sundance and Nantucket film festivals. He also wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy-drama Don't Think Twice (2016). His 2010 book Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Birbiglia has appeared in films such as Your Sister's Sister (2011), Cedar Rapids (2011), and Trainwreck (2015), played a recurring role in Orange Is the New Black, and has guest starred in episodes of Girls, Inside Amy Schumer, and Broad City. more…

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