Judd Apatow is one of the most prolific comedic directors, producers and filmmakers in the entertainment industry. With a filmography that boasts titles like Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Trainwreck, Funny People and Freaks and Geeks, it's evident that Apatow has made a career out of making people laugh.
Judd Apatow's latest venture Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, is a musical mocumentary featuring the three stars of The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccome and Akiva Schaffer). After seeing it last night, I can say with confidence that it's a must-see for all comedy lovers.
Today I was lucky enough to sit down with Apatow, who acted as producer on Popstar, and ask him some of your questions! Here are 12 things we learned from the comedy master himself:
1. Conner4Real made a career out of some great catchphrases. What is a catchphrase or life motto you like to live by?
"Hmm. Are you allowed to curse? There was a catchphrase that I used to say to Seth [Rogen] on the set when I was giving him notes on 'Superbad' or 'Pineapple Express,' which was: 'Less jizz, more emotion.' ... Focus on the heart and the emotions of a story and you don't have to worry about the dirty jokes as much. They'll come. Just get the emotional life figured out first."
2. Do you like Batman?
"That's an interesting question. Do I like Batman? I'm kind of an Adam West guy. I don't think anyone has ever topped him. I know they've tried, and I think they've failed miserably every time."
3. When are you going to do Season 2 of Freaks and Geeks?
"That's a good question. When it takes place in an assisted living facility in Michigan. It's a dark second season. We're going to wait as long as anyone has ever waited."
4. In true Lonely Island fashion, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping includes some pretty hilarious songs. Which of the songs in the movie is your favorite?
"I like the gay rights anthem that [Conner4Real] sings with Pink. I don't want to give the joke away of it, but it's one of my favorite songs, other than 'Shy Robbie.'"
5. What are your hobbies?
"Hoarding. I like to horde. I like to buy books and not read them. And then in my head I think I'll never die because I can't die until these books have been read. And that's how hoarding works."
6. What do you think about studios that want to do movie franchises before the first even comes out, like with Power Rangers?
"I've got a lot of thoughts about the 'Power Rangers' franchise. There's not enough time here for me to talk about my feelings, the interpretations, the best approach, the best actors, the best directors, so maybe I'll have to come back and do a pure Power Ranger discussion.
"There's a lot of franchises. I've got to get a franchise going. So if anyone has an idea of a superhero, a neglected superhero. Maybe I could do the Robin movie. Because I feel I wouldn't do Batman, I would do Robin."
7. What was your favorite comedy movie of all time?
"I guess probably 'Being There.' The Peter Sellers movie made by Hal Ashby. I think it's a perfect movie and it's a brilliant movie with some of the best performances ever in comedy and it's also the kind of idea that I always think, 'God, I wish I was smart enough to think of something like that,' but I know I won't, because I'm not that smart."
8. What do you feel about the direction of all of the actors and actresses from Freaks and Geeks?
"Everybody is doing so well, it's exciting! ... They're just flying off doing these amazing things and it does boggle the mind. Because there are shows that get canceled and you never see anyone ever again. So it's weird that everybody is working, and directing, and writing, and doing so many things. So we're very proud of our freaks and our geeks."
9. Your favorite Chris Farley memory?
"I wrote an HBO special for Tom Arnold and we did a bit where Tom had a microphone and he was in a van and Chris Farley had an earpiece and he walked around a mall and Tom fed him lines and Chris Farley hit on girls at the mall. ... And it's really, really funny.
"It's just him walking up to women with an orange, saying, 'Can you start my orange?' And he was the funniest of everybody. Of everyone we've ever met, Farley is still the funniest."
10. What else can you tell us about Popstar?
"It's a good time for a good comedy. I think the world needs a hilarious movie, and this movie is hilarious. And unlike my movies, it is a reasonable length. It's an hour shorter than my movies.
"That's why we're here. I think it's time to laugh. I'm tired of the people with the capes and the flying and the punching and the cities falling. And we never talk about all of the dead people in the buildings! And they must have died — the building got knocked over!"
11. What is the meaning of life?
"Now that's a good question. Give. How about that? One word."
12. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers or creatives out there?
"Don't be lazy. Most people are pretty lazy. They don't do stuff. We're shooting this with a phone. You can make anything with your phone! It used to be things were expensive, the film was expensive, the equipment, where are you going to rent it? How are you going to edit it? With a razor blade? Now it's all on your computer. So if you don't make stuff, it's all your fault. Just go forward with courage."
Check out the rest of our Live Q&A with Judd Apatow below!
Be sure to go see Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, out this Friday, June 3.