Imagine taking a dishwashing job in a comedy club when you’re 15 just so you can watch and learn from the acts. Fast forward a number of years and you will find Judd Apatow’s comedic ability translated to the big silver screen in- The 40-year-old Virgin, Bridesmaids, Freaks and Geeks and Knocked Up. In this class, he tells us comedy is really about speaking truth, revealing deep dark secrets about yourself that most people would prefer be hidden. As a director, writer, producer, Apatow shares his comedy genius with students who want to learn the fine art of making people laugh. In the video trailer for this course, he tells his students to view comedies as drama when writing the script. What you need to create are stories that work with or without jokes.

It’s also important to question yourself because as he says, therein lies the humor. Personal slice of life moments that audiences can identify with make for good subject material. From pitching your film, writing a first draft, to improv, and stand up, Apatow includes clips from Knocked Up, Crashing, Trainwreck and Bridesmaids for ‘how-to’ examples. His video intro concludes with a revisit to a scene in The-40-Year-Old-Virgin where he says happiness is the ability to discover how to pee when you have a boner. Sharing that one slice of life moment mirrors what ‘Judd Apatow Teaches Comedy’ is all about.

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