Synopses & Reviews
Expanded from the sensational hit one-man show produced by Nathan Lane, comedian Mike Birbiglia’s charming, laugh-out-loud funny memoir is a story about first love, denial, and the perils and pitfalls of being…himself.
• Beloved by fans and critics: From The New York Times to Variety and beyond, reviewers lavished praise on Sleepwalk With Me, which was nominated for both a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Solo Performance and was named “Comedy of the Year” by Time Out New York . The show has never toured, and we will publish to coordinate with its national debut, which will hit between ten and twenty-five cities in fall 2010.
• David Sedaris-esque: Like Sedaris, Birbiglia combines sharp insight with lighthearted irreverence, as he veers between topics that range from his third-grade aspirations of owning “a pizza restaurant where third-graders could hang out” to the dangers of his sleepwalking disorder. Additionally, Birbiglia frequently contributes to This American Life, which was a notable launch pad for both Sedaris and another New York Times bestselling humor writer, Sarah Vowell.
• A constant media presence with mass appeal: A regular on television and radio talk shows, Birbiglia has starred in three of his own Comedy Central specials and has appeared numerous times on Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live . Birbiglia’s comedy built him a cult following in colleges, then clubs, then concert halls nationwide and has made him one of the most popular touring acts to audiences of all ages. Thousands of fans regularly interact with him on his website: MikeBirbiglia.com.
Grown out of Mike Birbiglia's critically acclaimed one-man show, Sleepwalk With Me is the hilarious story of the perils and pitfalls of being Mike.
Hello, I am Mike Birbiglia and I want you to read my book. Too on the nose? Sorry. Let me dial it back.
I'm Mike Birbiglia and I'm a comedian. You may know me from Comedy Central or This American Life or The Bob & Tom Show, but you've never seen me like this before.
Wait, that's the name of another book. Also I'm not naked as there are no pictures in my book. Also, if there were naked pictures of me, you definitely wouldn't buy it, though you might sneak a copy into the back corner of the bookstore and show it to your friend and laugh. Okay, let's get off the naked stuff.
This is my first book. It's difficult to describe. It's a comedic memoir, but I'm only 32 years old so I'd hate for you to think I'm wrapping it up, so to speak. But I tell some personal stories. Some REALLY personal stories. Stories that I considered not publishing time and time again, especially when my father said, Michael, you might want to stay away from the personal stuff. I said, Dad, just read the dedication. (Which I'm telling you to do too.)
Some of the stories are about my childhood, some are about girls I made out with when I was thirteen, some are about my parents, and some are, of course, about my bouts with sleepwalking. Bring this book to bed. And sleepwalk with me.
About the Author
In 10 years, MIKE BIRBIGLIA has grown from struggling comic to a popular talk show guest to a groundbreaking, original storyteller. The results? Two critically-acclaimed CDs, three Comedy Central specials and a Nathan Lane-produced Off-Broadway show called "Sleepwalk with Me" that was recently nominated for both a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award for “Best Solo Performance.” Birbiglia’s comedy built him a cult following in colleges, then clubs, then concert halls nationwide and has made him one of the most popular touring acts to audiences of all ages. In 2008, Birbiglia teamed up with award-winning director Seth Barrish and Broadway legend Nathan Lane on "Sleepwalk with Me,” a painfully-funny one-man show about first love, denial and how the sleepwalking disorder that nearly killed Birbiglia might have saved his life. Due to popular demand the show was extended twice. The New York Times called the show, “simply perfect.” Birbliglia lives in New York City with his wife. SLEEPWALK WITH ME, grown out of the hit one-man show, marks his literary debut.