3 September 2012 2:16 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The comedian with the tough-to-pronounce name, Mike Birbiglia, hits the next stage with a new film based on his one man show, “Sleepwalk with Me.” Produced and co-written by Ira Glass of “This American Life,” the story of the serious subject of a sleepwalking disorder creates both mordant laughs and poignant moments.

Birbiglia is essentially channeling his life through the comic filter, and while the film is fictional it contains elements of his own truth. He did struggle through a sleepwalking disorder in real life, and all the horrible – and fascinatingly funny – stages of it are showcased in the film. Birbiglia was born in Massachusetts, and during college joined an improvisation troupe at Georgetown University. His stand-up is hugely popular, with the comedy album release of “Sleepwalk with Me” debuting at number one on the Billboard Comedy Charts in 2011. The Onion Av Club declared his previous comedy album, “My »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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