Judd Apatow has just released his fourth book, “Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy.” It is a collection of all of the stories that his fellow comics have told him over the years.
The writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer/creator of Freaks and Geeks has put together this collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years, including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.
The New York Times calls it, “a Love Letter to Stand-Up Comedy.”
“The early interviews read like the education of a young comic, with Mr. Apatow asking technical questions and trying to prove his bona fides to the comedians he idolized, ” it said.
“The new interviews, conducted over the last few years, have a different dynamic. Mr. Apatow is now an equal — he talks more so we learn more about him, and the exchanges feel more like a chummy conversation. The topics range further afield, from comedy to family or religion. Mr. Apatow also throws in some noncomedians, like Miranda July and Eddie Vedder, just because he is a fan.”
The Washington Post wrote, “the majority of pieces here are the work of an adult talking shop with other adults, and the accumulative effect is fascinating. The book’s highlight is an “oral history” of “Freaks and Geeks” consisting of the cast trading reminiscences about the series that was the making of so many of them”