Sick in the head : conversations about life and comedy / Judd Apatow.
Booklist Reviews 2015 June #1
*Starred Review* As a self-designated "comedy freak," Apatow has served as producer, writer and/or director for venturesome television series The Larry Sanders Show, Freaks and Geeks, and Girls as well as such boffo movies as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Bridesmaids. In his frank and funny autobiographical introduction to this incandescent treasury of interviews with nearly 40 top comedians, he describes his apprenticeships in the art of hilarity in the early 1980s as a teenage dishwasher at a comedy club and a high-school radio station geek who had the temerity to interview his "comedic heroes." Young Apatow acquired a priceless education in conversation with Steve Allen, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld (interviewed in 1983 and 2014), Garry Shandling, and Sandra Bernhard. Those vintage conversations are shared here for the first time, along with delving, up-to-the-moment exchanges with Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Louis C. K, and Apatow's former roommate, Adam Sandler. Apatow never loses his unabashed fan's enthusiasm even as he asks canny questions that yield superbly illuminating conversations rich in shop talk and musings on the lure, demands, and resonance of comedy. With the proceeds supporting 826, Dave Eggers' national literacy and tutoring nonprofit organization, Apatow has created an irresistible, ultimate-insider's comedy-interview extravaganza. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2015 July #1
Apatow, best known for wedding low comedy with honest emotion in such films as The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People here examines his life, work, and other random concerns. His conversation partners include almost every important comedic artist of the last 50 years. Albert Brooks, Mike Nichols, Gary Shandling, and Lena Dunham are but a sampling from the long list of actors, writers, and directors who discuss craft and career with the director/author. There are a brace of interviews from 1984 conducted by a 15-year-old Apatow with Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Allen, and others that showcase the budding talent pressing his elders for information not only on technique but also how to pave a path into the profession. These are bookended with present-day interviews with such emerging talents as Amy Schumer, in which Apatow assumes the mentor role with generosity and humility. VERDICT An exceptional volume; in a field where shallowness is a hallmark, these artists reveal an unexpected depth. For all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 1/5/15.]—John Frank, Los Angeles P.L.[Page 88]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.