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Trailer Watch: This American Life's Mike Birbiglia Gropes Through Sleeping Disorder in Sundance Hit "Sleepwalk With Me"

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 11, 2012 at 1:36PM

Check out the first official trailer for Mike Birbiglia's Sundance NEXT winner "Sleepwalk With Me," which stars the stand-up comedian and Lauren Ambrose as a couple dealing with longterm-itis, and also Birbiglia's increasingly bizarre sleepwalking habits.
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Mike Birbiglia Sleepwalk

Check out the first official trailer for Mike Birbiglia's Sundance NEXT winner "Sleepwalk With Me," which stars the stand-up comedian and Lauren Ambrose as a couple dealing with longterm-itis, and also Birbiglia's increasingly bizarre sleepwalking habits.

Matt (Birbiglia) and Abby (Ambrose) have been in a non-marital relationship for eight years, which suddenly becomes more awkward when Matt's sister announces her engagement. Meanwhile, Matt is a bartender struggling to make it in standup, and wreaking havoc in the wee hours of the morning as he lumbers unconsciously around his apartment. As he deals with the sink-or-swim nature of his and Abby's relationship, he realizes that voicing his concerns about commitment actually help his comedy routines.

The film was picked up by IFC, though no release date yet.

This article is related to: Video, Trailers, Mike Birbiglia, Sleepwalk With Me, IFC Films


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.