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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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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.