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Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE A.V. CLUB • Includes new interviews!

From the creator and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a number of intimate, hilarious conversations with the largest 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 changing into probably the most a hit filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow used to be the unique comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a task washing dishes in a neighborhood comedy club—simply so he may watch endless stand-up without spending a dime. At sixteen, he used to be web hosting a show for his local highschool radio station in Syosset, Long Island—a show that consisted of Q&As along with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. They talked about their careers, the science of a just right joke, and their dreams of long term glory (seems, Shandling used to be serious about having his own TV show someday and Steve Allen had already invented the whole lot).

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

Sick within the Head
gathers Apatow’s such a lot memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans no longer most effective 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, in any case, are the brightest stars in comedy these days, many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And along the way in which, something roughly magical happens: What began as a life-time’s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely. It becomes an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the enjoyment that comes from making other people laugh.

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

Praise for Unwell within the Head

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

“An crucial for any comedy geek.”Entertainment Weekly

“Fascinating . . . a number of interviews with some of the great figures of comedy within the latter half of the 20th century.”—The Washington Post

“Open this book anyplace, and you’re bound to search out some interesting nugget from any individual who has had you in stitches many, time and again.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“An excellent read, filled with insights and connections both creative and interpersonal.”The New Yorker

“Fascinating and revelatory.”—Chicago Tribune

“These are wonderful, expansive interviews—every now and then brutal, every now and then breathtaking—with artists whose wit, intelligence, gaze, and insights are all sharp enough to attract blood.”—Michael Chabon

“Somebody even remotely serious about comedy or humanity will have to own this book. It&aposs hilarious and informative and it comprises insightful interviews with the best comics, comedians, and comediennes of our time. My representatives assure me I can appear in a long term edition.”—Will Ferrell

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