The first trailer for stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk with Me has gone online. Birbiglia both directed and starred in the piece which tells the tale of a struggling comedian who faces a career slump and a failing relationship, amidst increasingly dangerous bouts of sleepwalking. Fans of Birbiglia will recognize some of his signature jokes from his stand-up act by the same name. It’s at once a humorous and touching tale that features the comedians signature Birbiglian style. Sleepwalk with Me, also starring Lauren Ambrose, Kristen Schaal, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane , Cristin Milioti, Aya Cash, Lucy DeVito and David Wain, opens August 24th. Hit the jump to view the trailer.
Peter Farrelly, one half of the Farrelly Brothers duo that brought us Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, is headed to television. Variety reports that Farrelly will co-write a new family-centered pilot for CBS. The untitled project centers on a group of six parents and step-parents who are tasked with raising two kids. Farrelly will co-write the project with Kevin Barnett and Pete Jones, who worked with Farrelly on this year’s Owen Wilson comedy Hall Pass. If CBS decides to pick the project up to pilot, Farrelly will also direct. The network is said to be “high on the project” and are keen to get Farrelly in their wheelhouse.
The premise isn’t necessarily ground-breaking, but talented showrunners have been mining the “family comedy” genre for years to positive results (though the number of bad family comedies far outweighs the number of good ones). There’s no mention of whether the project is being conceived as a single-camera or multi-camera series, but given that it’s on CBS I’m guessing it’s the latter; apparently single-camera sitcoms are too confusing for the network’s target demographic (ie. people in nursing homes). Farrelly’s The Three Stooges opens in theaters this April, after which he and his brother are hoping to do a Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
The cast of The Farrelly Brothers’ next comedy, Hall Pass, continues to grow as Christina Applegate, Alyssa Milano, Larry Campbell, and Vanessa Angel have all signed on to co-star. They will join Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Amanda Bynes, Stephen Merchant, J.B. Smoove, Nickey Whelan, and Derek Waters. All this casting is surprising when you stop to consider that the Farrelly Brothers’ previous film, a remake of The Heartbreak Kid, was one of the worst things ever to happen to mankind.
Their new comedy, which they co-wrote with Pete Jones and Kevin Barnett, revolves around two husbands who are given permission to go outside their marriages for guilt-free romantic liaisons for one week. If J.B. Smoove doesn’t tell one of the lead characters to “Get in dat ass,” this whole project will be a waste.