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Judd Apatow has a book out today, Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy, which, as he told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night in a very entertaining interview, has been a work more than 30 years in the making. The book consists of intimate conversations between Apatow and some of the world’s greatest comedy geniuses, spanning from when he was a teenager to today.
At just 15 years old, a budding comedy nerd, Apatow used to trick comedians the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin into scoring interviews for his high school radio station by pretending to be the representative of a major market outlet. He’d then show up at Seinfeld’s apartment, who would say, “Oh, and you’re a child.”
It seems like most if not all of the comedians he interviewed were good sports about it, although Apatow says he’s not willing to pay it forward when kids call him with the same request. Chalk it up to the ’80s being much more innocent times.