Brené with Judd Apatow
on Vulnerability and Laughter
I’m talking with Judd Apatow, who has directed, produced, and written many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows of the last two decades. We look at what’s funny, why it’s funny, and why laughter creates connection. We also uncover that thin line between humor and grief and what it means to tell the stories of our lives in a way that we recognize ourselves and our shared humanity.
Judd Apatow, one of the most sought-after comedic minds in the industry, has directed, produced and written many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows of the last two decades. His director credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This is 40, Trainwreck, May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (with co-director Mike Bonfiglio) and Apatow’s Emmy® award-winning HBO documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. He produced Academy Award®-nominated The Big Sick, Superbad, Bridesmaids, Pineapple Express, Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Popstar. His Netflix comedy special Judd Apatow: The Return, marked his comeback to the stage after a 25-year hiatus. His latest feature is The King of Staten Island.
The King of Staten Island, starring Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei and Bill Burr, is inspired by events from Davidson’s own life. Judd Apatow directed and produced the film, which was released PVOD by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2020, and co-wrote the script alongside Davidson and Dave Sirus.
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