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Film: Sleepwalk With Me
This American Life episode "Fear of Sleep," featuring a story from Mike Birbiglia, spawned this feature film written and directed by Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass.

IMDB summary: 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.


Sleepwalk With Me provides examples of:

  • Driver Faces Passenger: Mike Birbiglia narrates most of the movie to the camera (which seems to be pointed at him from the passenger side corner of the windshield) while he drives around. He rarely looks at the road.
  • No Talking Or Phones Warning: begins with one of his older stand-up routines, asking people to turn them off then relating the story of someone answering their phone in a theater next to him with, "Who dis?"
    "Not only was he willing to talk to someone on the phone, he was willing to talk to anyone on the phone."

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