Sick in the Head

Sep 14

Sick in the Head

Judd Apatow (or ‘Japatow’ as my husband refers to him; that guy is a big fan of the portmanteau) has had innumerable conversations about comedy in his life. The quality, variety, and comedic list of his interview subjects is mind blowing. In his early teens he basically bullshitted his way into interviews by claiming to agents that he worked in radio. He did…it was just for his schoolhouse radio program. Apparently, no one really ever checked credentials. What does that mean for the reader? That we get inside glimpses into comedy genius like Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno from the beginning of their careers.

The Doc and I just binge watched Freaks and Geeks; that show is pure genius. That made those parts of the book involving Seth Rogen and the oral history of that show very interesting. I am a big fan of Amy Schumer and I enjoy the show Girls, so those chats were the most fun for me as a reader. I, too, grew up watching Saturday Night Live, so I definitely appreciated all of those references.

The talent Mr. Apatow has worked with is astounding. He was roommates with Adam Sandler. He discovered Rogen. He worked for Roseanne Barr and Garry Shandling. The list goes on and on. Apatow respects the history of comedy, and he delves into his own personal demons to discover why he was/is so obsessed with comedic genius. The big lesson I got from this book is embrace exactly who you are. If you are true to your own story and your personal view of the world, there is comfort in the pain, and a lot of times, hilarity in the telling of it.


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