Mike Birbiglia Adapting 'My Girlfriend's Boyfriend' for His Next Movie

February 18, 2013
Source: THR

Mike Birbiglia

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?

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I've been a fan of Birbiglia since I saw his first Comedy Central special back in the early 2000's. I don't know how he's managed to stay as low profile as he has when guys like Dane Cook who came out around the same time skyrocketed to fame (and then strangely disappeared?). Personally I think he's the Bill Cosby of this generation. He perfectly typifies a jaded generation growing up through the 70's, 80's and 90's not quite living up to their elders standards in a world that feels like its falling apart. Never really asking for much, never really receiving much just quietly and sarcastically questioning but still taking everything that comes their way. He's a fantastic storyteller, except instead of tales of his childhood, Birbiglia tells tales of young adulthood and I've always been impressed that he keeps his material clean. It makes his stories more compelling and I feel like he earns his laughs instead of selling them out to shock value. His "Sleepwalk with Me" routine might be the best stand up routine I've heard since Cosby's "Myself," if not better because of the way it interweaves smaller stories into a longer narrative. I'd pay to see anything he puts out, and I'm glad he's sticking to doing his own thing instead of jumping on whatever crap Rom Com hollywood tries to throw at him. (I've also met him in person, and he's the exact same in person as he is on TV. Nice guy).

Aero027 on Feb 18, 2013


I dig Birbiglia, and Sleepwalk with Me was a great flick! Look forward to this.

grimjob on Feb 18, 2013


I'm very excited for this!!! Would it be possible for a Sundance 2014 release?

Greg dinskisk on Feb 18, 2013

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