- Humour & Gift
The paperback of this intimate, hilarious, collection of interviews with the biggest names in comedy, from the writer of Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Superbad, and the director of Trainwreck.
Before being considered a hugely successful filmmaker 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 Long Island—a show that consisted of Q&As with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld.
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. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, and the brightest stars in comedy today, from Amy Schumer, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin to Chris Rock, Seth Rogen and Lena Dunham. Sick in the Head is Apatow’s gift to comedy nerds everywhere.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
'The funniest man in Hollywood' Sunday Times Magazine
'Anyone interested in comedy should invest' Boyd Hilton, Heat
‘It’s funny (natch), gossipy, page-turningly readable and packed with hard-won observations about showbusiness and life’ GQ
'Hilarious and informative ... my representatives assure me I will appear in a future edition' Will Ferrell
'Open this book anywhere, and you're bound to find some interesting nugget from someone who has had you in stitches many, many times' The New York Times
'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
'An amazing read, full of insights and connections both creative and interpersonal' New Yorker
'Fascinating and revelatory' Chicago Tribune
'I can’t stop reading it. . . . I don’t want this book to end' Jimmy Fallon
'[Apatow] knows everybody who’s anybody in American comedy… Sick in the Head [compiles] fresh conversations with the likes of Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Key and Peele, Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman and Stephen Colbert.' The Independent
‘A witty and side-splitting read for anyone interested in what makes comedians tick… proves that laughter is a very precious commodity’ Victoria Holdsworth, On: Yorkshire Magazine