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Judd Apatow On Comedy, Creativity, & Embracing Your Inner Weirdo

By July 24, 2023No Comments
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Episode #769



One of the most acclaimed filmmakers of his generation, today Judd Apatow graces the podcast to discuss his fascinating perspective on filmmaking, storytelling, creativity, and more.

From directing This Is 40, Knocked Up, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, to serving as producer for Anchorman and executive producer for Freaks and Geeks, Judd has made an indelible mark on Hollywood.

Over the course of his career, he’s worked alongside some of the industry’s brightest stars, like Seth Rogan, Jason Segal, James Franco, and Lena Dunham, helping catapult their careers to new heights.

He’s also made a significant impact as a documentary filmmaker, stand-up comedian, and as an advocate for many causes, including mental health awareness. He fearlessly explores the human condition, often shining a light on the poignant and vulnerable aspects of our lives with his trademark blend of humor and honesty.

“Don’t wait for permission. Just start. Create an opportunity for yourself. You have to write your own future.”


Today we dive deep into the mind of one of Hollywood’s greatest, unpacking the experiences, philosophies, and strategies that have shaped Judd into the unparalleled creator he is today. We explore his creative process, his approach to storytelling, the lessons he’s learned from working with some of the biggest names in the business, and how he pays it forward.

It was a thrill to sit down with a man that I deeply respect and admire. This conversation left me with a newfound appreciation of comedy not only as an artform—but as a powerful means of grappling with the complexities of the human experience.

The visually inclined can watch this exchange on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

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