Mike Birbiglia Adapting 'My Girlfriend's Boyfriend' for His Next Movie
If you haven't taken the time to watch Sleepwalk with Me, the directorial debut of stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia, it's on Netflix Instant right now. The film is a hilarious and charming adaptation of the comedian's book, stand-up act and radio play of the same, and proves Birbiglia can be a solid leading man, and a fresh new voice in the realm of comedy on film. But what's he doing next? Well, Birbigila recently sat down with THR who revealed that he'll be adapting his 2011 stand-up show My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (which will have a different title) for his next film, a chronicle of his romantic shortcomings and mishaps.
The show found Birbiglia sharing "a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues that most adults would spend a lifetime trying to forget. On this painfully honest journey, Birbiglia struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible to find — love." Sounds like a solid romantic comedy in the making, but in the hands of Birbiglia, it will be anything but typical of the subgenre that pumps out drivel every single year. The one-man show was quite acclaimed by many critics and Time magazine called the show's climax, "possibly the best 15-minute stretch of playwrighting… all season.” Sounds good to me.
Birbiglia will shoot a stand-up special version of the show in about a month, and that will see release this fall. But for anyone familiar with his bits on Sleepwalk with Me, the adaptation was a nice variant on his stories from the stage. Birbiglia says that he will probably star in it, since it's his personal stories again, but he doesn't see himself acting too much. The comedian says, "I mean, I think I will continue to act as long as it’s helpful, as long as it makes it funnier or makes it better, but I feel like what I’m doing is very specific voice-wise now, so I feel like I’m in it, and it just doesn’t take as much direction. It just has a personal feel." For my money, I'd love to see Birbiglia featured more in movies. How about you?