Every fan of This American Life has listened to a particular episode and thought: THAT would make a great movie.
Though Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! and the 2006 family comedy Unaccompanied Minors were both inspired by reports from the WBEZ Chicago public radio show, the minds behind This American Life have finally created their own feature-length movie.
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.
Click through for an EW video interview in which:
– Glass edits Birbiglia’s storytelling in real time. (“I’m going to shortcut this…”)
– Birbiglia discusses the peculiarities of pretending to bomb on stage.
– The two storytellers provide the greatest-ever description of Sundance. (“It’s like a weird theme park where you keep running into celebrities. Like, ‘Oh…Paul Giamatti!’”)
On the next page, catch a clip from Sleepwalk With Me featuring Birbiglia’s famous nocturnal vision of “The Dustbuster Olympics.”