“When you find someone who will eat pizza flavored ice cream with you, that’s love”
If you are in the Los Angeles area, Sleepwalk with Me is playing at the Nuart Theater in West LA for the next two weeks.
Go. See. It.
I finally got a chance to see Sleepwalk With Me, a movie by comedian Mike Birbiglia, and it was even more awesome because he was there in person for a Q&A after the show. I loved this movie, for the relationship aspect of the film, and also for the comedy aspect. A few of my friends (by “few of my friends” I mean “a comedian I tried to date, failing miserably”) exposed to me to some of the stand up comedy world, and it’s something I fully support and love. I might be pop culture retarded, but I am so entertained by individual stories, jokes, antics of these people who are unafraid of getting up in front of a room full of strangers to make them laugh. It’s like for those five, seven, fifteen, twenty if the comedian is lucky, minutes, the room is partaking in one rolling, funny (hopefully) conversation. You can’t script what’s going to happen, and you just hope that it’ll be smooth and no one will leave horribly offended. There’s almost no profit, but it’s mentally rewarding to be a part of a successful set. Mike Birbiglia’s hilarious story, paired with the flair of This American Life, was just perfectly funny. I loved seeing the voices I hear on a weeky basis carried over onto film, in a room of hipsters who love asking questions peppered with obsure references (seriously, was I terribly uncool and not hip enough for that room? What the hell is “Las Enchiladas”?). I don’t know how I’d feel about being Mike Birbiglia’s ex-girlfriend, seeing that anxiety about their relationship seemed to cause REM sleep behavior disorder. But it was just a touching, beautiful story. Absolutely loved it. Just a man telling a story about a slice of his life, and all of the chaos and laughs that went along with it. I can’t wait to see his stand up act in the near future.