Director: Marcus Raboy
A huge part of the Judd Apatow narrative, one he’s constantly been pushing across the last decade in particular, is his “Comedy Nerd” persona – there’s a fair bit of proof there too, sure. At 15, he started interviewing legends in the game – but this comedy enthusiast lacks the true bite a comic needs. He can point to his work as a joke-writer, as a director of comedy films, as a producer discovering new talent – what he can’t do, on the basis of this special in particular, is call himself a comedian. Less than that he is not even funny.
Apatow is married to Leslie Mann. Did you know that? Judd knows that. Not only that, he wants you to know that. If – and when – his jokes fall flat he is still married to Leslie Mann. You know, Leslie Mann the actress. Star of…well, many supporting roles in Judd Apatow productions. Oh, you knew Judd Apatow made movies right? That’s gonna come in handy when the jokes fall pancake-like. Which they do almost immediately. We’re barely minutes in when he asks who has seen Love – the show he produces for Netflix.
This Is 50.
You book a comedy special, you drag your backstory up on stage – since this is the year that comics can no longer wag their dicks in people’s faces – and before the audience can pause to decide why they might be tempted to chuckle at something not funny they’re hit over the head with a giant, big, hairy, great, sweaty, dirty, fuck off-sized Filmography. Take that! And that! Did you room with Adam Sandler and just know he was going to be a star? Did you? No you did not. Fucking Judd Did. So eat it!
In and around all this humblebrag-boasting Judd tells you he’s shit in bed. So you don’t even have to go ask Leslie Mann, see. He also makes fun of his own awkward encounters with Barack Obama, Paul McCartney and a baseball. Because, you see, fucking up meeting a President, a Beatle and throwing out a first pitch are all falls from this prat, in place of actual comedy pratfalls. And he’s humble as shit telling you this, yo. And it allows him to remind you that his daughters are in his movies and his wife is too and that this is bliss. And if he wants to completely switch out his Elmo and Bill Cosby impersonations without even realising it at the time he can: Because he is Judd Apatow. Comedy Nerd. Veteran. Successful-as-shit movie maker, snarer of a hot-as-shit wife (essentially his words, he’s all but parading her, dangling her…) and if wit fails then “Success”, er, succeeds.
Excruciatingly bad timing, lame jokes, lazy references, appalling attempts to appear self-effacing…