Judd Apatow returns to stand-up after 25 years away for new Netflix special
Judd Apatow hasn’t done stand-up since 1992 — but he’s returning to the stage for a new special that will debut this December on Netflix, the streaming service announced Monday.
Netflix also released a trailer for the special, which features to Apatow talking to his comedy friends about his latest endeavor. “The best piece of advice you ever gave me was, … ‘You might as well go for it, you’ve got nothing to lose,'” Chris Gethard says. “I feel like… you have so much to lose.”
Others are similarly discouraging: “Is it too late? Could you not do it?” Mike Birbiglia asks. “Don’t do it,” Amy Schumer advises.
Of course, they’re all joking (hopefully): Apatow is a modern comedy icon, producing movies like Bridesmaids and Step Brothers, and writing and directing plenty more, including This Is 40, Funny People, Knocked Up, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. More recently, he produced the critically beloved The Big Sick, directed Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, and was a writer/director/producer on HBO series Crashing.
He’s also notably been a student of comedy since his youth, and began interviewing comics at a young age. Those interviews were recently compiled into a book titled Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy.
In other words, Apatow will be just fine. See for yourself when Judd Apatow: The Return debuts on Netflix Dec. 12, and watch the trailer above.