Mike Birbiglia - Sketchy Place for an Interview

Season 1 , Ep 0101 01/11/11 Views: 9,191

Mike Birbiglia is working on a movie adaptation of "Sleepwalk With Me." (3:05)

-OK.

We're just going to filmsomething for two seconds.

-Yeah.

What is it-- this question?

Let me just prefacethis by saying,

we are in the sketchiest area.

INTERVIEWER: Wait, I needto get a little bit of it.

-I am standing in the[inaudible] coat rack.

And the other backdrop isan elevator that is not

functioning,because it's blocked

by stools and thesebig, puffy blocks.

So uh--

INTERVIEWER: This where everyonewho works here does coke.

-Coke, and interviews,and they murder people.

INTERVIEWER: Well,actually, I have

a "Sleepwalk WithMe" related question.

You're working on themovie right now, right?

-We're working on a movieadaptation of it right now.

And I'm actuallywriting a book called

"Sleepwalk with Meand Other Stories."

Working on the script,it's going really well.

Uh, and the book is going great.

It should be out inthe fall-- next fall.

2010.

INTERVIEWER: Well,the book itself, uh,

correct me if I'm wrong.

It's uh-- you're going to havethe, the sleepwalking stories,

but you're also going to havedifferent stories that you're

working specificallyfor the book?

-Um, some of themwill be stories

I've done on "ThisAmerican Life."

Uh, some of themwill be completely--

most of them willbe completely new,

and-- it's-- it'sopened me up to a lot.

Like I, I've had to like,kind of sit at a Starbucks

and go-- I've got towrite all these words.

And then you're writing.

You're like, oh,and that happened.

Oh, and that happened.

What the fuck?

And then you're like-- ah.

So the thing with"Sleepwalk with Me,"

I worked with SethBarrish, who's

an excellent theater director.

And what he got me to do is kindof think about my show in terms

of being a show, having a beg--beginning, middle, and end.

And so, and so the showthat I did, like the show

I did at town hall the night,um, really has kind of a,

has a build to it.

You know, so thatit starts somewhere,

and it goes somewhere.

See, it's differentthan like, let's say,

kind of free associating, whichI-- I like to do that also.

Like, when I'm in comedyclubs, for example, like-- I,

I'll-- I, I love kind of likeimprovising for a half hour,

whatever.

But we're getting kicked out.

INTERVIEWER: Yeah we are.

BOUNCER: Why you'vegot to be videotaping?

-Uh, we're doing aninterview for Comedy Central,

and there's nowherethat's quiet enough.

INTERVIEWER: I'mabout to be murdered.

BOUNCER: OK, you'regoing to have

to get back in the coat check.INTERVIEWEE: OK.

OK.

INTERVIEWER: All right.

BOUNCER: Guys gotto be on the side.

INTERVIEWEE: Whereare we going to be?

Over here?

Clearly, entirely,too loud, I think.

INTERVIEWER: OK.

So are we still on?

INTERVIEWEE: We're concludingthis interview back

at the party.

The party--

HOTEL EMPLOYEE: What are youguys-- who are you guys with?

INTERVIEWER: Comedy Central.

HOTEL EMPLOYEE: Are you?

OK.INTERVIEWER: Yes.

HOTEL EMPLOYEE: Whatway did you come in?

Because I'm like, oh my god.

Are these hotelguests, and then--

INTERVIEWER: Oh, no, no, no, no.HOTEL EMPLOYEE: OK, cool.

I don't care.

OK.

INTERVIEWER: I understand.

It's OK.

INTERVIEWEE: I'mextremely famous.

HOTEL EMPLOYEE: Are you?INTERVIEWEE: Yeah.

HOTEL EMPLOYEE: Nice meet you.

INTERVIEWEE: I'mthat kind of famous

where you don't know the person.

HOTEL EMPLOYEE: Oh.INTERVIEWEE: I'm like that.

HOTEL EMPLOYEE: Sorry, OK.

INTERVIEWEE: I'm like that.

INTERVIEWER: Signing off.

Signing off on ComedyCentral, thank you.

Thanks for having me aspart of the festival.

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