Favorite Quotes Vol. XXXVI: A funny man who isn’t going to be funny.

The cinematic auteur responsible for some of the biggest on screen belly laughs of the last decade is writing a play.

Yep, everyone’s favorite 40 Year Old Virgin, Judd Apatow, could be the next Neil Simon.  But, that’s not what he has in mind.  When asked about the play and what it was about, this is what Judd had to say:

I am excited to write something which has a social conscience.

And you know what?  I found that funny.

In Judd’s mind, plays seem to be important.  And movies seem to be silly.  He’s got an important idea, and for him, that means the screen is not the best medium for its expression, but the stage is.  We should be honored at the respect he’s showing what we do.  And I commend him for writing outside his comfort zone both in terms of material and in genre.

At the same time . . . I want to see what would happen if he wrote what we know he’s so good at writing for the stage.  He really could be the next Neil Simon, or certainly another Yasmina Reza, no?

I can’t wait to see it either way, because I think he’s as talented as Steve Carrell as a virgin.  But Judd, don’t think you have to write something important just because the tickets are $135.

The most expensive musical right now has more in common with Knocked Up then it does with West Side Story.


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  • James says:

    It’ll be interesting to see what he comes up with. You know who else should try their hand at playwriting? Lena Dunham. She’s got a distinctive voice and is already basically writing one act plays on Girls. I’d love to see what she came up with if she ever gives it a go.

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