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10 Things We Learned About Judd Apatow From His WTF with Marc Maron Episode

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Judd Apatow long ago made the leap from comedy director to all-out brand. He recently sat down with Marc Maron on the WTF Podcast to discuss his new book Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy, his new movie Trainwreck, and his fear of death. Here are 10 things we learned about the current king of big screen comedy.


10. He Thinks Letterman Blackballed Him

Apatow has always been a bit confused by the solid decade between his first appearance on David Letterman’s The Late Show, and his second. That doesn’t mean the neurotic director doesn’t have a few theories as to what caused it. One centers around a letter he once wrote to a staff member of Letterman’s, calling her a nasty word after he flew out for an interview, only to find the position already filled. Another has to do with a lengthy, largely unfunny bit about the MPAA he milked during his first appearance on the show. Either way, no one ever told him what the problem was.


 9. Who Is Seth Rogen?

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Apatow laughingly remembers the time he threw a charity gala honoring Seth Rogen. The only problem, Rogen wasn’t yet famous, and had never done anything worth celebrating. The award was apparently to honor him for all the good things he might do someday. Various stars came to honor the completely unknown comedian, some more confused than others.


8. Stephen Colbert is Going Places

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Apatow talks about his admiration for Stephen Colbert, who he says is a talent that would be remarkable at anything he did. An ardent fan of The Colbert Report, Apatow points out how the late night comedian started straying from his established persona later in his run, singing songs and the like. It just showed he was ready for The Late Show, and the chance to reach a broader audience.


7. Seinfeld is Insignifigant

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Apatow tells a story about Jerry Seinfeld, in an attempt to illustrate how different the two men are. When Seinfeld was running his eponymous sitcom, he would keep a picture of outer space in the writers room, to remind him of his own insignificance. Apparently, it calmed him. Apatow doesn’t relate to that at all, finding his own insignificance panic inducing.  


6. He’s Afraid of the Quiet

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In fact, lots of things panic the comedy auteur. He tells Maron that the main reason he works so hard, and so often, is because the quiet terrifies him. 


5. Amy Schumer is Fearless

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Apatow express awe at watching the way Amy Schumer works. While he often has to force actors and comedians to go deeper, and more personal, she beats him to the punch. He actually finds himself pulling her back in at times. He also loves that, in the end, she is a killer joke writer. If he asks her to punch-up a line, she’ll work it over in the corner, and then come back with ten better ones.


4. Daughters Are Like L.A. Weather

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Apatow says he’s sad thinking about the fact that his oldest daughter, Maude, is going away to college next year. Still, he’s grateful for the time he still has with her. He says life without kids is a lot like the weather in Southern California. Without it, years just fly by, and you don’t even notice.


 3. He Has No Idea How to Parent

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Apatow does admit that he spoils his kids, but only because he doesn’t want to punish himself. He wants to fly first class, so they just come along for the ride. He figures the first half of his life was crappy, and the second half has been great. His kids will basically have the same deal, only in the reverse. Besides, he knows Jake Kasdan, who is the nicest guy in the world, and his father wrote Star Wars, so things have a way of working out.


2. Being a Director Takes One Thing

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Apatow gets excited talking about how Marc has started directing his show, IFC’s Maron. He says there’s only one way to become a director, and that’s to direct. Same goes with producing. Produce something, and all of a sudden everyone says you’re a producer. That’s how he became one, at least, and he’s not entirely sure what that word even means.


1. He Admits to Being a Terrible Actor

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Apatow also apologizes for agreeing to be on Maron before backing out. He says it took reading the script for him to remember that he has no idea how to act. Besides, Jeff Garlin got the part, so it all worked out in the end.

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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

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From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

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His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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