By Judd Apatow
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • [b]NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months by means of THE A.V. membership • From the author and director of Knocked Up and the manufacturer of Freaks and Geeks comes a suite of intimate, hilarious conversations with the largest names in comedy from the prior thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.[/b]
sooner than changing into the most profitable filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was once the unique comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a role washing dishes in a neighborhood comedy club—just so he might watch unending stand-up at no cost. At 16, he used to be internet hosting a exhibit for his neighborhood highschool radio station in Syosset, lengthy Island—a express that consisted of Q&As together with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. They mentioned their careers, the technological know-how of an excellent funny story, and their goals of destiny glory (turns out, Shandling used to be attracted to having his personal television express someday and Steve Allen had already invented everything).
Thirty years later, Apatow continues to be that very same comedy nerd—and he’s nonetheless interviewing humorous humans approximately why they do what they do.
Sick within the Head gathers Apatow’s so much memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and highly candid assortment that spans not just his profession yet his whole grownup existence. listed here are the comedy legends who encouraged and formed him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. listed below are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And the following, eventually, are the brightest stars in comedy this present day, lots of whom Apatow has been lucky to paintings with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And alongside the best way, whatever form of magical occurs: What began as a lifetime’s worthy of conversations approximately comedy turns into anything else completely. It turns into an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the enjoyment that comes from making humans laugh.
Loaded with the type of back-of-the-club tales that comics inform each other whilst nobody else is looking at, this interesting, own (and borderline-obsessive) ebook is Judd Apatow’s present to comedy nerds everywhere.
Praise for ailing within the Head
“I can’t cease studying it. . . . I don’t wish this ebook to end.”—Jimmy Fallon
“An crucial for any comedy geek.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Fascinating . . . a set of interviews with a few of the nice figures of comedy within the latter half the 20 th century.”
—The Washington Post
“Open this e-book at any place, and you’re sure to locate a few attention-grabbing nugget from a person who has had you in stitches many, many times.”—Janet Maslin, The manhattan Times
“An outstanding learn, choked with insights and connections either inventive and interpersonal.”—The New Yorker
“Fascinating and revelatory.”
“For fanatics of stand-up, Sick within the Head is a Bible of sorts.”—Newsweek
“These are really good, expansive interviews—at instances brutal, from time to time breathtaking—with artists whose wit, intelligence, gaze, and insights are all sharp sufficient to attract blood.”[b]—Michael Chabon
“Anyone even remotely attracted to comedy or humanity should still personal this booklet. it really is hilarious and informative and it includes insightful interviews with the best comics, comedians, and comediennes of our time. My representatives guarantee me i'm going to seem in a destiny edition.”—Will Ferrell
From the Hardcover edition.