Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow

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Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy Read Online Free - NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE A.V. CLUB • From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a 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.

Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club—just so he could watch endless stand-up for free. At sixteen, he was hosting a show for his local high school radio station in Syosset, Long Island—a show that consisted of Q&As with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. They talked about their careers, the science of a good joke, and their dreams of future glory (turns out, Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything).

Thirty years later, Apatow is still that same comedy nerd—and he’s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do.

Sick in the Head
gathers Apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And here, finally, are the brightest stars in comedy today, many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And along the way, something kind of magical happens: What started as a lifetime’s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely. It becomes an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the joy that comes from making people laugh.

Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching, this fascinating, personal (and borderline-obsessive) book is Judd Apatow’s gift to comedy nerds everywhere.

Praise for Sick in the Head

“I can’t stop reading it. . . . I don’t want this book to end.”—Jimmy Fallon

“An essential for any comedy geek.”Entertainment Weekly

“Fascinating . . . a collection of interviews with many of the great figures of comedy in the latter half of the twentieth century.” —The Washington Post

“Open this book anywhere, and you’re bound to find some interesting nugget from someone who has had you in stitches many, many times.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“An amazing read, full of insights and connections both creative and interpersonal.”The New Yorker

“Fascinating and revelatory.” —Chicago Tribune

“For fans of stand-up, Sick in the Head is a Bible of sorts.”Newsweek

“These are wonderful, expansive interviews—at times brutal, at times breathtaking—with artists whose wit, intelligence, gaze, and insights are all sharp enough to draw blood.”—Michael Chabon

“Anyone even remotely interested in comedy or humanity should own this book. It is hilarious and informative and it contains insightful interviews with the greatest comics, comedians, and comediennes of our time. My representatives assure me I will appear in a future edition.”—Will Ferrell

From the Hardcover edition.

Title : Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy
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ISBN : 0812997581
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 489 pages


Taylor rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 31, 2017

I started to get really annoyed half way into this book for one reason: Judd Apatow isn't likeable. He markets this book as a collection of "interviews" he has had with comedians and yet, they aren't interviews at all. It's mainly Judd Apatow forcefully interjecting his own complaints and experie...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

October 11, 2015

This book about comedy has gotten me through some difficult times. My mother has cancer, and this book kept me company at doctor's offices, in hospital waiting rooms, and at the end of long days, even if I only had enough energy to read a few pages before falling asleep. Judd Apatow loves comedy,...

Fabian rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

A gem for a few comedians & most comedian enthusiasts. I don't know where I fit in that demographic, but this is indispensable to certain members of the artistic community, that's for damn sure. As much as I tried to ignore the self-aggrandizing, its undeniably present in this collection of i...

Snotchocheez rated it ★★★★☆

April 05, 2017

4 stars Literary purists might have a tough time with the interview format of Sick in the Head, which is stuffed to the gills with transcriptions of conversations with many of the greatest minds of the comedy, television and film-making worlds. It occasionally feels overstuffed as Judd Apatow's b...

Ashley rated it ★★★★☆

November 04, 2015

This was an overall interesting book full of conversations. It is not comedic itself but ABOUT comedy and the people who create it. So, if you're going into the book expecting to laugh, you're really setting both yourself and the book up for failure. This book isn't for people looking for empty l...

Kristen rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 07, 2017

I DID IT, I DID IT, I DID IT! I'm FINALLY done with this book!!!!!! It only took multiple borrows from the library (massive props to the LAPL--you da #1 champ here!) and a couple of hours on several planes to finally finish it, BUT I DID IT. This book SHOULD NOT have been as much of a labor as it...

Lee Anne rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 21, 2015

First, let's get this out of the way: even if you didn't write your own dust jacket blurb, you have to approve it, and it takes a lot of balls to allow yourself to be called "one of the greatest comedic minds of [your] generation." Even if it's financially and commercially true. OK, now the actual...

Amanda rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 10, 2015

This is a book about comedy, but it is not a comedic book. Comprised entirely of interviews between Judd Apatow and various other comedians that he conducted between the 1980s and today, the focus is more on what led these people to comedy than the humor itself. It isn't really a memoir, though A...

Jaga rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 27, 2015

Yes, this book actually inspired me to prepare my own stand-up routine and it begins like this: So what's the deal with interrupting people while interviewing them... Judd...

Rob rated it ★★★★☆

December 15, 2016

There's this notion that as you get older you eventually come to peace with who you are. The hardest part of that process for me was realizing I'm too insecure to do what I really want with my life. I've always loved acting, and for a time I loved writing (until academia beat that passion out of...

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