My interview with Judd Apatow is up on Pitchfork today. He’s someone I respect a lot as a writer and as someone who excels at making people laugh for a living, so I was sweating bullets during this one, but I am happy with how it turned out. The best part of speaking with him is when he mentioned this “Freaks and Geeks” scene of Bill (Martin Starr) watching Garry Shandling do stand-up. It’s moments like these in his works that I feel like Apatow connects not only with a specific portion of humanity, but also how laughter can be truly cathartic and can help you escape from anything oppressive that might be surrounding you. (This probably explains why I liked Funny People more than most, too.)
Anyway, it was great talking to Judd, and I have the feeling that This Is 40 is going to be very divisive, but I recommend seeing it anyway.
Do read this interview. Also nice to see someone mention one of my all-time teenage angst favorites, The Who’s “I’m One”. Many years after hearing it as a 15-year-old part of me is still waiting for you all to see that I’m the one.