If it’s true that comedy is harder than drama, imagine how hard it is to make a movie about standup comedy. A handful of films have tried, but so few have succeeded in capturing the essence of what makes a human being go before an audience with a microphone and try to elicit laughs from strangers. In its own low-key way, Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me
comes closer than most.
Based on his one-man show, the movie stars Birbiglia as Matt Pandamiglio, a bottom-of-the-bill standup who makes more money bartending at the club where he usually performs his sets than he does telling jokes. His father Frank (James Rebhorn) demands that he fully focus on the c...