The Judd Apatow Effect for comedy gold

It’s called The Apatow Effect and it even comes with its own formula: Rising Comedy Stars + Relatable, Quick-Pitch Premise + Breaking Social Conventions + Finding the Funny in the Tragic = COMEDY GOLD

Judd Apatow and The Big Sick cast
Source: [LA Times]

According to the Bible that is Rolling Stone, Judd Apatow is “referred to less often as a director, it seems, than as a career-minter, a factory foreman, an emperor”.

This comedy pioneer is the name behind many of comedy’s great names, giving them their big-break, their first-start and their chance to steal the laughs. Think Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Ken Jeong... and even his wife, Leslie Mann, amongst numerous others. He saw their potential and gave them the chance to shine. And Apatow is smart enough to also surround himself with the most established cult names in comedy – think Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Amy Schumer, Kristen Wiig and Lena Dunham.

Apatow is an equal-opportunity employer and loves nothing more than working with strong, independent, funny women - and giving them the spotlight. Can you believe this 50 year old dad wrote and produced episodes of the seminal TV hit Girls.  When not directing a movie himself, Apatow calls on a regular roster of favoured comedy Director’s, like Paul Feig, Adam McKay and Seth Rogen, who have all had major movies produced by him.

His accolades are many, his fans are legion and his reputation in Hollywood makes him the go-to-guy for comedy with brains, raunch, shocks and heart. Case in point - his new movie The Big Sick, the best-reviewed, most eagerly-anticipated break-out hit of his career. Based on an incredible true story and starring Kumail Nanjiani from Silicon Valley and co-written by Nanjiani’s real-life wife Emily V. Gordon (The Carmichael Show), The Big Sick is one from the heart. This is a career defining movie for Apatow, where relationships, a moving storyline, up and coming stars, deep substance and hilarious scenarios form one unforgettable piece of cinema gold.

Judd Apatow
Source: [LA Times]

Judd Apatow with the writers of The Big Sick


Apatow’s Dream Job when he was young:
Stand-up comedian. He even opened for his buddy Jim Carrey and landed gigs writing jokes for Roseanne Barr early in her career.

Apatow’s favourite comedy that’s not his own:
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein from 1974, starring Gene Wilder.

Apatow’s comedy idol: 
Steve Martin

Apatow’s early claim to fame:
While still in high school, Apatow started a radio show on campus, which gave him an excuse to meet and interview some of his comedy heroes, like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Gary Shandling. These contacts kick-started his career, with Garry Shandling later hiring him to work on The Larry Sanders Show in 1992.

Apatow’s genius level:
In 2007, Apatow was ranked #1 on EW’s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.

Celebrate Judd Apatow and The Apatow Effect with The Big Sick because laughter +  heart = The cure.

The Big Sick is in cinemas Aug 3.

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