DustBuster Olympics, jackals, and pizza pillows make appearances as Birbiglia brings the funniest moments to life in a surprising directing debut. Working with co-director/co-writer Seth Barrish (also making his debut), along with This American Life’s Ira Glass, they have wrung every laugh possible out of Birbiglia’s original material. It’s fun to note that even Birbiglia’s brother Joe “Joey Bag O’ Donuts” himself is a co-writer, which helps Mike remain true to what really happened. The supporting cast is a who’s who of the stand-up world. But no one ever tries to call attention to themselves and there’s a sense of authenticity in how Birbiglia presents himself during certain situations. The biggest laugh out loud moment for me involves his car’s warning light. His response is exactly the kind of thing that I would say. Now, I’m in the future too, and I’d say that there could be possible Oscar buzz at least for the screenplay. It never plays for overdramatics and never feels desperate for a laugh only making Sleepwalk with Me a film I’d sleepwalk with any day.
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