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Ira Glass of This American Life and comedian Mike Birbiglia discuss the untraditional way they made their movie Sleepwalk with Me, which won an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Plus, we hear the late Phyllis Diller reflect on her career, her love of painting, and her friendship with David Sedaris.

Banner image: (L-R) Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia on the set of Sleepwalk with Me

Sleepwalk With Me Live

Mike Birbiglia

Guest Interview Phyllis Diller in Her Own Words 6 MIN, 4 SEC

On August 20, 2012, the legendary comedian, Phyllis Diller, died at age 95. Last year, The Business producer Darby Maloney interviewed Diller for a BBC radio documentary about her. We hear excerpts of that conversation in which Diller describes her love of painting, her career as a comedian and her friendship with David Sedaris.  

Special thanks to producer Kate Bland for the use of the Phyllis Diller interview.

Guests:
Phyllis Diller, actress and comedian

Banter The Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 33 SEC

Michael Schneider, Bureau Chief of TV Guide magazine joins John Horn, film writer for the Los Angeles Times to banter about some of this week’s top Hollywood news stories.

- Michael J. Fox strikes unique deal with NBC for a 22-episode series without making a pilot
- Jimmy Kimmel to move his show to 11:35, going head-to-head with Leno and Letterman
- Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce the 2012 Oscar telecast. Who will host?

Guests:
Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine (@Franklinavenue)

Main Topic Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia Make a Movie 16 MIN, 11 SEC

Ira Glass of This American Life talks with Kim Masters about the various dealings he's had in the movie business over the last a decade -- most notably as producer of the 2006 film Unaccompanied Minors, which was based on a segment on This American Life. Now he's taken a more hands-on role as producer and co-writer of the indie feature film, Sleepwalk with Me. Based on comedian Mike Birbiglia's one-man show, which was also a book and a segment on This American Life, the movie stars Birbiglia who also co-directed and co-wrote the film. The two talk with Kim about the untraditional way they financed the movie and the active role they've take in the distribution of it. 

To find out where the film is screening around the country go to thisamericanlife.org.

 

 

Guests:
Ira Glass, Host, This American Life (@thisamerlife)
Mike Birbiglia, comedian, screenwriter and director (@birbigs )

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