I needed a book to clear my mind after reading some good mysteries. I heard Judd Apatow doing an interview on NPR on the Fresh Air program where he was promoting this book. When Judd was in high school, he had a show on his school radio station and was able to convince some high-powered comedians (Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Steve Allen, etc.) to give him interviews even though he was s self-described awkward 14 year old.
He asked good questions for someone of that age and gained some valuable advice from some yet to be superstar comedians and some already established big names.
These early interviews are supplemented with more current interviews with some of the same comedians. This aspect of the book was not as enjoyable as I expected it to be because Apatow has become somewhat self-absorbed at this point in his career and often stepped on the comedians’ stories with his own anecdotes from Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, the 40 Year-Old Virgin, etc. While Judd’s stories were interesting, it would have been better to have him review the advice and insight that they gave him at 14 and see if they still subscribed to the same philosophies.
Overall, it was an enjoyable book if you can get past the insecurity and self-absorption of Apatow in the later interviews.
This one gets 3 pizzas out of 5.