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Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner Share Details About Their Pilot; Hope to Do a 'Funny People' Parody

"We hope one day to do an episode like that movie Funny People, only instead of finding out she has cancer, Julie's character gets some liposuction on her inner thighs. Before the procedure, she decides to take stock of her life because she believes she may die during surgery — so she goes home to try to reconcile with her high-school crush, Seth Friedland."

-Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner giving Vulture some details about Difficult People, the pilot they're starring in and creating for USA.

The Lost Roles of Paul Rudd

After his breakthrough role in Clueless, Paul Rudd spent the next decade or so as a rom-com leading man, starring opposite Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in forgettable chick flicks and playing Phoebe's boyfriend Mike, the unofficial Seventh Friend, on Friends. When Rudd appeared in Anchorman, it came as a bit of a shock that he could hold his own against the likes of Will Ferrell and Steve Carell, but astute comedy fans (i.e. those who had seen Wet Hot American Summer) knew he was more than just a rom-com pretty boy all along. After working with Rudd for the first time on Anchorman, Judd Apatow cast him in [...]

What Does 'Five-Year Engagement's' Box Office Disappointment Suggest About the State of Apatowian Comedies?

Five-Year Engagement earned $11.2 million this weekend, which is nearly half what was being predicted. It's also by far the lowest of the recent era of Apatowian films and it seems to be part of slow falling out of favor for his brand of comedies.

In Defense of Judd Apatow's Female Characters

I’m not going to lie: I’m pretty excited that Judd Apatow is working on another movie for Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters from Knocked Up. Some might be surprised by this: as I write this piece, I’m listening to a Liz Phair Pandora station, taking a break from writing an all-female sketch show, and preparing for a shoot tonight for a follow-up project to the web series about a feminist magazine I co-created last year. I mean, isn’t Judd Apatow supposed to be sexist?

Here’s the thing: for someone who’s made his name as the poet laureate of twentysomething straight dudes, Apatow actually writes really good [...]

Revisiting Funny People

“You cannot make friends with the rock stars.” — Lester Bangs to William Miller, Almost Famous

It’s difficult for me to think about the career of Judd Apatow without being startled by its eerie similarity to Cameron Crowe’s.  While they came of age in distinctly different cultural milieus — Crowe in the hard-rock haze of early ‘70s Southern California and Apatow in the boozy New York comedy clubs of the ‘80s stand-up boom — they both transformed their earnest, ambitious fandom into established Hollywood brands. As teens they took it upon themselves to document the worlds that held their fascination: Crowe went on the road with Led Zeppelin to [...]

Dane Cook on Aziz Ansari's Randy Character, Who May or May Not Be Based On Him

Here's an interesting quote from The Comic's Comic's interview with Dane Cook, specifically in light of the New Yorker profile on Aziz Ansari and his Randy character: "I saw Funny People for the first time about two weeks ago on cable. I sat down and said, I'm going to finally figure out what this is all about. And you can always tell when someone is having a little bit of fun with you. But I watched it, and this actually reminded me more of some of the Def Jam guys. I've never had music. I've never had sound effects, and stuff like that, playing with a guy [...]