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ORIGIN STORY: How Mike Birbiglia's 'Sleepwalk With Me' transformed nightmares into a dream project

It’s a pretty common dream: Let’s make a movie.

Every kid who grew up with a video camera had it, even if it ranked in likelihood alongside becoming a “major league baseball player” and “astronaut” as possible professions.

Mike Birbiglia also had this dream — though he has a lot more of those than he knows what to do with.

The actor-writer-director’s new film Sleepwalk With Me, which expands nationwide today, is a fictionalized version of his bizarre experience with somnambulism — that is, acting out his dreams while still asleep — an affliction that hit him during one of the worst periods of his life.

It also turned out to be one of the best times of his life, or at least a very fortunate one. It gave him a story to tell, and everyone knows that’s the main ingredient for making a movie. That and money.

Here’s the story of how Sleepwalk With Me became a reality (with help from This American Life‘s Ira Glass, grappling with him in the photo above.)

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'Sleepwalk With Me' comedy declares victory over Joss Whedon's 'Avengers' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Puny Whedon …

Sleepwalk With Me, an indie film about a stand-up comic who discovers that his act gets funnier the more his life falls apart, expands to cities across the country today, and it has already declared victory over the biggest movie of the year after debuting last week on just one New York City screen.

Take that, Joss Whedon! Oooh, “The Avengers”! You think you’re so smart with your billion-dollar superhero franchise. Who’s laughing now!?

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Image Credit: Zade Rosenthal

Mike Birbiglia, that’s who! The guy who wrote, directed, and stars in the film (which is based on his own life.) And Ira Glass, the mild-mannered host of public radio’s This American Life, who produced Sleepwalk With Me — he’s laughing, too!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha! In … your … FACE, Joss Whedon!

Check out the exclusive video of their victory declaration, and Whedon’s pathetic capitulation, at Sleepwalk With Me‘s recent Los Angeles premiere. READ FULL STORY

Watch 'Sleepwalk With Me' trailer -- VIDEO

Mike Birbiglia’s comedy Sleepwalk With Me now has a trailer!

The film, which Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in, is a tale of a stand-up comedian coming to terms with his less-than-perfect life while struggling with increasingly bizarre bouts of sleepwalking. It also features fellow comedians David Wain, Kristen Schaal, Marc Maron and Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose. If the trailer is anything to go by, this is bound to be a sleeper hit.

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