Sleepwalk With Me Live
Sleepwalk With Me Live
by Mike Birbiglia
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This is it! Mike Birbiglia s magnum opus Sleepwalk With Me is now on CD. In his theatrical debut, comedian Mike Birbiglia takes the audience on a hysterically funny and intensely personal journey through his struggles with sleepwalking and his reluctance to confront his fears of love, honesty and growing up. Sleepwalk With Me is the rare collision of comedy and theatre that touches your funny bone and tickles your heart.
|Audio CD Release Date:||April 19, 2011|
|Studio:||Comedy Central Rec.|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 29 reviews|
|1. ||Don't Tell Anyone|
|2. ||There's Something in My Bladder|
|3. ||The Hovering Jackal|
|6. ||I'm a Bear, Etc.|
|7. ||Dustbuster Olympics|
|8. ||The Promise of Sleep|
|9. ||Wedding Story|
|10. ||My Brother Joe's Wedding|
|11. ||Fight Club|
|12. ||The Missile|
|Average Customer Review: ( 29 customer reviews )
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11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Thank goodness he didn't become a rapper... Jun 03, 2011
By J. R. Borntrager
"<--- Likes ramen"
I want to say before we get started- I'm a BIG FAN of Mike Birbiglia. That said, I also put my comedy under the microscope when I listen to it. I refuse to let people get by solely on popularity and cheap laughs. It sounds weird, but I take it very seriously. I listen for things like timing, style, set-up, subtlety, and overall delivery. I. Love. My. Standup.
This album is Birbiglia's masterpiece. Someone else who gave it a low review complained he's doing the same old jokes. Well, for those of us who ONLY get to catch Birbiglia on disc (or the occasional tv spot), none of this is "old rehashed material." I have his two albums before this- aside from an "inside joke" here or there, like "I'm in the future also" or "...I know..." NONE of this is from previous releases. Now to the album.
I have listened to this about six times in the last week. Start to finish. Birbiglia has grown in terms of his presentation. He worked on this and performed it off-broadway for 8 months and then recorded it with an audience. It is amazing. His ability to present a story, in the form of comedy, while being so personal and themed around troubles sleeping just blows my mind. He also chose to use more theatric voices and changes in tone in his voice. (Ive heard many complaints his voice is too monotone on previous releases; which is fair), BUT on this album he does SO MUCH to wrap you in it's amazing.
For those who enjoy comedy themed around personal experience and growing as a person, as opposed to "observations on society" humor, I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS! If you're already a comedy buff, this album is right there with Christopher Titus' stand-up...without the vulgarity and insanity. (If you haven't- please check out Christopher Titus comedy as well- again, he is a fantastic story teller!)
Honestly, I see comedy as either science or art. The science is looking at it from the stand point of "setup+punchline=laughs". Anyone can do that with enough effort. The art of comedy comes from personal experience. Being able to not only make a crowd laugh, but make them feel something genuine. It takes heart and honesty to achieve that. This disc does it perfectly. Mike Birbigaboo is a storyteller with jokes lined throughout that produce a genuine laugh and I can not express enough how fantastic this album is.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
A Gifted Humorist at His Best Apr 20, 2011
By Edward Johnson-Ott
I drove from Indianapolis to Cincinnati to see one of the performances recorded for this release. I'd seen the show before, but wanted to be there when it was documented for the ages. It was well worth the trip! Mike Birbiglia is a gifted humorist and "Sleepwalk With Me" is a wonderful creation. Hilarious, intimate and moving, it's a beaut. Mike was at his best the night I was there and you'll get to hear it here. Highest recommendation!
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
A Classic!!! Apr 24, 2011
Here's one of those rare comedy cd's that is destined to become a classic! Sooooo funny!! And surprisingly moving too! Cool stuff!
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Mike's funniest, most personal work yet! May 24, 2011
By K. Froleiks
Short Review: Mike Birbiglia uses this album/show to really show us a person. It's a very moving performance and he's just as hilarious as ever. Do yourself a favor and get this album!
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1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Not his best, but not bad. Oct 10, 2012
This is my first experience with Mike Birbiglia. He's got great timing, and funny anecdotes, however, I found the content drifted too often from the humor to the sad. Sad experiences, sad statements. Still often funny, but sometimes it was just thoughtful. So, not bad, but for me, not something I will replay very often.
I waited to review this until I listened to another of his releases. Since this, I've listened to "My Secret Public Journal Live", and feel that previous release was much nicer. It was similar in style, with far less "aww, poor guy" awkward moments. So I would rate this slightly less than that other album, thus three stars. Wow! That was a bit too difficult an explanation.
What I am trying to say is, it's a good album, there is now a movie based on the main anecdotes he talks about in this album, however, it's, to me, a one time listen to. Yet, look into "My Secret Public Journal Live" - it's funnier.
Three stars is NOT a bad review! Geez!
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