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Monday, August 17, 2015

Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow

Sick in the Head
by Judd Apatow
Penguin Random House
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9757-6
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Description: From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.

Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club—just so he could watch endless stand-up for free. At sixteen, he was hosting a show for his local high school radio station in Syosset, Long Island—a show that consisted of Q&As with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. They talked about their careers, the science of a good joke, and their dreams of future glory (turns out, Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything).

Thirty years later, Apatow is still that same comedy nerd—and he’s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do.

Sick in the Head
gathers Apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And here, finally, are the brightest stars in comedy today, many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And along the way, something kind of magical happens: What started as a lifetime’s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely. It becomes an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the joy that comes from making people laugh.

Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching, this fascinating, personal (and borderline-obsessive) book is Judd Apatow’s gift to comedy nerds everywhere.

The Good Stuff
  • Amazed (but really not surprised) that he was so young when he got access to such famous comedians and was so very articulate and got them to talk.  That my friends, takes balls and is so very impressive
  •  Learned a lot,about the comedy world
  •  Interviews some of my personal favorites
  • Some incredible raw and very personal stories
  • This is a perfect gift for the comedy nerd or those interested in working in the field 
  • Have a sudden urge to watch Freaks and Geeks again
  • Albert Brooks is a fascinating man
  • Very wise conversation with Eddie Vedder regarding children and technology
  • Favorite interview was with the very insightful Harold Ramis
  • Impressed with how the interviewees had been very helpful and kind to such a young man who they had no reason to - gives me faith in humanity
  • Have a new found respect for Steve Allen and his originality 
  • Understand why HBO gets to make the brilliant shows they do
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Would have liked more information about Judd himself (though you do get a good idea from what he lets out in the interviews)
  • Expected it to be a lot more funny, but hey that is my problem 
  • He gets to work with Steve Carrell and I don't 

Favorite Quotes

"Judd: As I said to someone recently, I'm trying to fuck my kids up just enough so they'll want a job."

"This blew my mind. Wait, so we could actually interview people we admired? They would talk to you if you asked nicely? It suddenly occurred to me that maybe I could do this with comedians."

"I didn't understand that what I liked about them was seeing normal people with their daily struggles, trying to be good people in spite of all of the obstacles that are in their way, trying to find connection. That's what I enjoyed the most, but I didn't understand how it was made and I didn't understand how I would get there, until I worked with you at The Larry Sanders Show."

"I can almost feel people forgetting their troubles and laughing, and for a moment I feel like there is a God or a higher purpose and I am truly happy.  God gave me that dick joke. It all makes sense"

"When are girls going to figure out that the jocks become used car salesmen and the nerds become, you know, Judd Apatow and Bill Gates? Why aren't they on to that by now?"
4 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review

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