Photo Coverage: Nathan Lane 'Talkbacks' at SLEEPWALK WITH ME

December 5
10:07 AM 2008

Laughter reigns at The Bleecker Street Theater, where Mike Birbiglia is wowing audiences and critics alike with his new #1 rated hit show Sleepwalk With Me. Beginning on December 3rd, the fun will continue on Wednesdays immediately following the show with a new talkback series entitled "Awkward 10 Minutes With Mike."

In "Awkward 10 Minutes With Mike," Mike Birbiglia interviews a new guest each week about a personal story that they're uncomfortable about discussing in public. "It's a fun add-on to the show because thematically, Sleepwalk With Me is about telling people the things we're not supposed to talk about," said Birbiglia. "It opens the whole thing up so it's not just about my stories but about everyone's stories. The only danger, of course, is that people will leave and say, 'my favorite part was when he talked to other people at the end!"

The first guest on "Awkward 10 Minutes..." was beloved Broadway legend and Sleepwalk With Me co-producer Nathan Lane who appeared Wednesday, December 3rd.

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.

Produced by Eli Gonda, Ryan Scott Warren, Mark Turtletaub, Peter Saraf & Nathan Lane and directed by Seth Barrish (The Tricky Part, Old Wicked Songs), the creative team includes set design by Beowulf Boritt (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, My Two and Only), lighting design by Jason Lyons (HurlyBurly, The Threepenny Opera) and sound design by Jim Corona (Movin' Out) and Jody Elff ("My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs," "Oddville").

"Every once in a while, someone comes along who renews your faith in the art of stand-up comedy. It happened when I first saw Mitch Hedberg, and it happened again when I saw Mike Birbiglia" said Nathan Lane. "The energy in the room changes, and you realize you're in the presence of a fresh and original voice. And that is very rare. You know you're getting the real turtle soup, not merely the mock. Like any great comedian, it's hard to categorize Mike - he is his own unique creation. You should definitely just go see him, and get lost in his world. It's a fun and hilarious place to be."

Tickets for Sleepwalk With Me range from $49.50 with premium seating available. Sleepwalk With Me plays Wednesday - Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and 10pm, and Sunday at 4pm and 7pm. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Telecharge at or calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, please

Photos by Peter James Zielinski

Photo Coverage: Nathan Lane 'Talkbacks' at SLEEPWALK WITH ME
Mike Birbiglia and Nathan Lane

Photo Coverage: Nathan Lane 'Talkbacks' at SLEEPWALK WITH ME
Nathan Lane and Mike Birbiglia

Photo Coverage: Nathan Lane 'Talkbacks' at SLEEPWALK WITH ME
Nathan Lane and Mike Birbiglia

Photo Coverage: Nathan Lane 'Talkbacks' at SLEEPWALK WITH ME
Mike Birbiglia with Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) and Jack Antonoff (Steel Train)

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