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March 25, 2011

A Conversation with Mike Birbiglia

for their Clean Sheet Week challenge, but at the same time, they’re always quick to point out that their clean sheets do not treat major sleep disorders. That being said, having clean sheets can help you get a better night’s sleep. So I can get on board with that. My wife’s initial reaction was, “You’re not doing it,” but ultimately, the people from Proctor and Gamble did everything they could to make the experience as safe as possible. What was it like living in Macy’s for a week and how did you sleep? Surreal is a good word. Exhausting is another one. The bed was certainly comfortable and clean, but it was a little loud, with just one thin pane of glass separating me from 34th Street. Sometimes I would hear people walking by the window and talking loudly about how I wasn’t really in there. That was a tough part, because I couldn’t just run out there and prove them wrong. And I wanted to. What were some of your most memorable moments? I really enjoyed interacting with New Yorkers on the street, as well as with the Downy super-fans, who would post on the Facebook event site. On one occasion I was talking with an older Asian gentlemen on the street with a thick accent, and this was being broadcast on the Facebook live feed. And someone on the Facebook event page wrote something like, “Come on, Mike, that man is such a blatant stereotype. I expect more from you.” That was hysterical because this was a real New Yorker. We didn’t cast his part and give him lines. Another memorable moment came from a woman named Gadget Trish, who came by the window twice. On her first visit, she serenaded me with a Michael Jackson song, which was nice. But on her second visit, she came back with a Michael Jackson song with the lyrics completely re-worked to the Downy event. It was really funny, but really thoughtful and supportive. Anything in particular you’d like to share with our readers—about sleep or anything? The Clean Sheet Week