Judd Apatow

  • Judd Apatow

Honoree, Saturday, September 18

Judd Apatow is one of the most sought-after comedic minds in the industry—having directed, produced and written many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows of the last two decades. Apatow’s next feature film, starring Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei and Bill Burr, is inspired by events from Davidson’s own life. Apatow directed and produced the film, which will be released by Universal Pictures on June 19, 2020, and co-wrote the script alongside Davidson and Dave Sirus. He most recently executive produced comedian Gary Gulman’s HBO special, The Great Depresh which premiered on HBO on Saturday, October 5, the eve of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Outside of film and television, Judd has gathered journal entries, photographs and essays for an intimate portrait of his mentor and legendary stand-up comic, Garry Shandling to create It’s Garry Shandling’s Book, a testament to the lasting impact Shandling had not only on Judd personally but in the world overall. Published November 12 via Random House, the book expands on Apatow’s HBO documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. The documentary, which released on March 26, 2018 won Apatow the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special. Previous director credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This is 40, Trainwreck, May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (with co-director Mike Bonfiglio). He produced The Big Sick (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay), Superbad, Bridesmaids, Pineapple Express, Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Popstar. For television, he also executive produced Crashing (HBO), series Girls, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show and co-created Love (Netflix). His Netflix comedy special Judd Apatow: The Return, marked his comeback to the stage after a 25 year hiatus.*Video Acceptance