Meet your new instructor: writer, director, producer, and stand-up extraordinaire Judd Apatow. In your first lesson, Judd tells you what you’ll learn, why he’s teaching, and why we need comedy now more than ever.
2. Judd’s Journey
Judd shares stories and lessons from a lifetime in comedy. Hear how he fell in love with comedy, interviewed his childhood idols, and went from washing dishes to making Hollywood hits.
3. Writing Stand-Up Comedy
When it comes to stand-up comedy, Judd’s thesis is simple: the more personal you get, the funnier you’ll be. Learn how to find, develop, and refine gut-busting stand-up material based on your own experiences.
4. Crafting Comedic Storylines
Judd believes that when you write, you should look at your comedies as dramas. In this lesson he shares the tools he uses to infuse heart and humor into everything he does.
5. Writing Habits
The prospect of filling the blank page is scary—even for Judd. Learn Judd’s personal habits for finding his flow and allowing his creative mind to take the reins.
6. Character, Part 1
Amazing characters are at the heart of any great comedy. Judd reveals a secret weapon that he uses when he’s looking for character inspiration. Plus, he teaches you how to craft compelling, authentic, and funny characters through psychology, ego, and emotion.
7. Character, Part 2
Learn how to milk the most humor out of your characters through carefully designed dynamics and strong presence.
A joke always works better when it is true to character. Learn how to use your characters’ desires, insecurities, and personalities to craft realistic, funny dialogue.
9. Succeeding in Show Business
Show business is a competition. In this lesson Judd explains the things that you can do to stand out and excel in this demanding industry.
Judd ends his class with some parting advice: Take a risk, find the courage to express yourself, and start writing jokes—because he’s not going to write them for you.
No joke: at age 15, Judd Apatow took a dishwashing job at a comedy club to watch the acts. Today, he’s the comedic genius behind hits including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, and Freaks and Geeks. In his first-ever online comedy class, the Emmy Award winner teaches you how to create hilarious storylines, write great stand-up, and direct movies that leave audiences laughing.