When was the last time you read a book clocking in at 512 pages? Isn't that a bit much to ask of us, Judd?
Maybe not! On the shelf, the book, is, yes, a monster. But once you get your eyes into the pages, you'll quickly find the monster is surprisingly reader-friendly, skimmer-friendly, and even casual-browser-friendly.
So, what is this thing? It's a collection of hilarious conversations with comedians. Maybe you'll recognize a few names: Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K, Mel Brooks...
And of course, there's the bonus of Judd Apatow himself, who offers an intimate glimpse into his life from page one. The much-loved comedy screenwriter (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express) is not only funny, but also not a little sick in the head. This fact, he explains, is one trait that all comedians seem to have in common.
Despite the seemingly ordered collection of interviews, Judd encourages readers to begin wherever, or to simply open the book at random and start there: the order doesn't really matter. This isn't exactly high art, he's the first to admit. In a recent NRP interview, he explained that it's more like something you may enjoy having by your side in the bathroom.
Official book review from Will Ferrell: “Anyone even remotely interested in comedy or humanity should own this book. It is hilarious and informative and it contains insightful interviews with the greatest comics, comedians, and comediennes of our time. My representatives assure me I will appear in a future edition.”
Judd Apatow is also the editor of the humor collection "I Found This Funny: My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny At All" (McSweeney's, 2010).