Judd Apatow is the indisputable king of comedy in Hollywood. The American director-producer-writer is perhaps the most trusted name when it comes to comedy in the United States. Apatow is an able standup comedian and an accomplished actor. Born on December 6, 1967, Apatow is renowned for his notable works in the commercially successful and critically acclaimed comedy classics such as The Cable Guy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgudy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Funny People, and This is 40. His has worked his magic in television as well with the series Freaks and Greeks, and Undeclared which have attained cult status although they were short lived.
Apatow fell in love with comedy at a young age. Born in Flushling, Queens, he was brought up in Syosset, New York. After his parents’ divorce, he was raised by his grandparents. While spending weekends with his mother, he frequented standup shows at the comedy club where his mother worked. He attended Syosset High School where he hosted a comedy show on the high school’s radio station. For the show, the young Apatow managed to interview a few renowned names in comedy such as Howard Stern, Steve Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Sandra Bernhard, Garry Shandling and Steven Wright. He went on to attend University of Southern California after his high school graduation where he pursued screenwriting. Apatow presently resides in Los Angeles, California with his beautiful wife, actress Leslie Mann and their two daughters. The pair has been married since 1997. They had met during the filming of Apatow’s film The Cable Guy in which Mann starred. Apatow and Mann have worked together in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People, Knocked Up and This is 40. Their daughters made appearances in This is 40, Funny People and Knocked Up.
Apatow’s manager, Jimmy Miller got him hired to write for the Grammy Awards in the late 80s. A few years later, he began producing The Ben Stiller Show on Fox. He shared an Emmy Award with the writers of the show. The show was abruptly canceled by Fox in 1993.Apatow joined the writers at The Larry Sanders Show on HBO and later became an executive producer on the show. For his work, he received six nominations for the Emmy Awards. In 1995, he was able to release his first feature film which was Heavyweights and a year later The Cable Guy was released which he co-wrote. He created a sitcom called Sick in The Head starring Amy Poehler, David Krumholtz, Kevin Corrigan and Kevin McDonald but it was not green lit by Fox. Instead, Apatow began working on Freaks and Geeks as an executive producer, writer and director. After the show was cancelled, he created and produced a spin off series Undeclared which starred the cast of Freaks and Geeks. This too was cancelled quickly although being widely acclaimed. He produced Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy in 2004. The comedy which starred Will Ferrell was a success at the box office and spawned a sequel in 2013. He directed and co-wrote The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005 which was followed with the success of Knocked Up in 2007. That year, his film Superbad was also released to commercial success. He worked with frequent collaborators, James Franco and Seth Rogen for the stoner comedy Pineapple Express in 2008. 2011’s female comedy Bridesmaids marked a milestone for Apatow’s career as a producer as the film received two Academy Award nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. Apatow is one of the executive producers of the HBO comedy series, Girls, which stars Lena Dunham. He directed and co-produced Trainwreck which will be releasing in July 2015. Amy Schumer is the writer and the star of the comedy.
Apatow’s book of interviews, titled Sick in the Head, which features conversations with the numerous comedians that he has interviewed, was published in June 2015.