The Genius Behind All Your Fave Comedies

If you’re making a list of the funniest comedies of recent years, there is a pretty stifling number that would make the cut.
Bridesmaids, Trainwreck, Anchorman, Step Brothers, Knocked Up, Superbad, Cable Guy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, This is 40, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, Pineapple Express, Funny People and The 40 Year Old Virgin all had us grasping our sides, what a time to be alive.

Then top that off with TV’s Girls, Freaks and Geeks, The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show and you have one mighty impressive line-up. What do all these comedies have in common? One name: Judd Apatow.

You mightn’t know his face, but you definitely know his sense of humour.

Multi-talented, unassuming, low-key and a little bit bent, Writer/Director/Producer Apatow is the genius behind many of our favourite comedy moments:

Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy
Source: [Apatow Productions]

Bridesmaids food poisoning scene in the bridal shop where all hell breaks loose after a bad batch of grey lamb and weird chicken: in the basin, on the toot, in the street...“I just need to get off this white carpet”.

The 40 Year Old Virgin
Source: [Apatow Production]

The 40 Year Old Virgin chest waxing scene... “Arghhhhh, you f**ker, I hate you.”

Source: [Apatow Productions]

Trainwreck sex scene with WWE wrestler John Cena, where he gets off on talking about his shorty shorts and throbbing thighs in the gym, then speaks Mandarin. Then it all comes to a climax too soon...

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Source: [Apatow Propductions]

Forgetting Sarah Marshall Jason Segel naked and crying scene. It all starts with a dance and ends in floods of tears... and at no time did he think put on his clothes while being dumped.

But Apatow delivers comedy with more than just shock and laughs. He makes us think, he pushes boundaries and he gives us substance; or as Rolling Stone calls it “heartfelt raunch.” Nowhere is this more evident than in his new movie that’s getting rave reviews, huge chatter and was the breakout hit of the Sundance Film festival, The Big Sick. This might just be Apatow’s finest achievement so far.

The Big Sick

Apatow produced this totally charming, fresh and original comedy based on the real life romance of Pakistan-born comedian, Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and writer Emily V. Gordon (The Carmichael Show).

It stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and TV legend Ray Romano, from Everybody Loves Raymond. with a score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, it has already been hailed as “the best date movie of 2017” by Rolling Stone and a Rom-Com That Could Upstage Every Summer Blockbuster” by Vanity Fair.

The Big Sick Ray Romano

A final word must go out to the man himself: “I've had movies bomb with terrible reviews, I've had movies make a lot of money with terrible reviews, I've had movies get good reviews and make money. And I like it best when the movies do well and the reviewers like them.” Case in point for the latter comment: The Big Sick – trust us, this will be your favourite new Apatow moment.

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