By Judd Apatow
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • [b]NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr 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 most important names in comedy from the earlier thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.[/b]
prior to changing into the most winning filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was once the unique comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a role washing dishes in an area comedy club—just so he may possibly watch unending stand-up at no cost. At 16, he used to be web hosting a express for his neighborhood highschool radio station in Syosset, lengthy Island—a convey that consisted of Q&As along with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. They mentioned their careers, the technological know-how of an exceptional comic story, and their desires of destiny glory (turns out, Shandling was once drawn to having his personal television express in the future 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 such a lot memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and really 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 right here, eventually, are the brightest stars in comedy at the present time, a lot of whom Apatow has been lucky to paintings with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And alongside the best way, whatever type of magical occurs: What all started as a lifetime’s worthy of conversations approximately comedy turns into anything else fullyyt. 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 not anyone else is staring at, this attention-grabbing, own (and borderline-obsessive) publication is Judd Apatow’s present to comedy nerds everywhere.
Praise for ill within the Head
“I can’t cease studying it. . . . I don’t wish this publication to end.”—Jimmy Fallon
“An crucial for any comedy geek.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Fascinating . . . a set of interviews with the various nice figures of comedy within the latter 1/2 the 20th century.”
—The Washington Post
“Open this ebook anyplace, and you’re certain to locate a few fascinating nugget from somebody who has had you in stitches many, many times.”—Janet Maslin, The ny Times
“An striking learn, jam-packed with insights and connections either artistic and interpersonal.”—The New Yorker
“Fascinating and revelatory.”
“For enthusiasts of stand-up, Sick within the Head is a Bible of sorts.”—Newsweek
“These are superb, expansive interviews—at occasions 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 drawn to comedy or humanity should still personal this publication. it truly is hilarious and informative and it comprises 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.