Sick in the Head

Sick in the Head

Conversations About Life and Comedy

Book - 2015
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"Before his name became synonymous with a new style of comedy; before he had written, directed, or produced his first movie or TV show; before he and his roommate Adam Sandler were performing stand up at dive bars in LA; before all that, Judd Apatow was a kid in Syosett, Long Island who was utterly obsessed with comedy. At 16, he started hosting a radio show for his local high school station, and he would call up the biggest comics of the day - comics like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Steve Allen, Sandra Bernhard; none of whom, by the way, had any idea they were talking to a kid in his parents' garage -- and talk to them about what got them into comedy, and what made them stay in. Thirty years later, Apatow is still that comedy nerd, and still interviewing comics about what drives them and why they do what they do. That obsession has made him one of the most recognizable and influential comedic filmmakers working today. This book is a collection of 30 years worth of conversations -- always funny, often poignant, and incredibly intimate -- that not only span Apatow's career, but his adult life. Featuring interviews with luminaries like Mel Brooks and Chris Rock and modern icons like Louis CK and Amy Schumer, this is a book for fans of comedy, from the nerdiest fan of all"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812997576
Branch Call Number: 792.76 APA
Characteristics: xvi, 489 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Dec 18, 2016

This book is a gem and a classic. If you're a comedy geek, this is a treasure trove of candid interviews about how comedy is done. Insights into the expressive art of it as well as the business. As a writer myself, I found it inspirational, too.

Jul 15, 2016

Now I'm curious of how many comedians gave an earful to their so-called agents on letting in then 15 year Judd Apatow of WKWZ 88.5 FM reporter with a over-sized AV tape-recorder, their phone numbers & addresses in pre-internet age. Hurry up on volume two with Will Ferrell, already!

Apr 11, 2016

A fantastic set of candid interviews with a massive range of comedic minds, anyone who wants to know about the minds of those geniuses who make us laugh will love SICK IN THE HEAD. Some people tell jokes to spread their own joy, while others laugh so as not to cry. I was moved to tears and moved to giggle. I would definitely recommend SICK IN THE HEAD.

Jan 07, 2016

Before reading some of the interviews in this book, I had not thought about how much time, energy, and thought comedians devote to developing their stand-up routines and constantly updating and keeping them fresh. Although most comedians make it look so easy and unrehearsed, in reality, they spend hours writing and preparing for their moments on the stage. I have a new-found appreciation for the fact that it takes more than just natural talent to be a successful comic.

Donna_R Oct 15, 2015

I enjoyed the Sarah Silverman section best of all. But to be honest, I found Apatow himself not the best guide. Still, it's good to get into the comedy trenches.


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