Writer-Producer-Director Judd Apatow Talks About Judd Apatow

And Lena Dunham and some other stuff too…in terms of how it relates to – aw, you guessed it – Judd Apatow.

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PaleyFest: Judd Apatow Talks
by Bryn Elise Sandberg

PaleyFest kicked off Monday night when the Paley Center for Media presented writer-director-producer Judd Apatow with the second annual PaleyFest Icon Award.

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In presenting the award — which recognizes individual creative achievements in television — Paley Center CEOPat Mitchell highlighted Apatow’s TV works, includingThe Larry Sanders Show, The Ben Stiller Show, Undeclared, Freaks and Geeks and, most recently, Girls.

Roseanne Barr introduced the honoree, reminiscing about the time she hired Apatow to write jokes for her on an HBO comedy special. “I discovered him, and I’m proud of it,” she told The Hollywood Reporterbefore the event. “He’s a great filmmaker, director, writer, everything. He’s got it all going on.”

Onstage, Barr led into the Q&A portion of the evening, praising Apatow for his “humanistic” ability to weave a story so well, with an eye for sensitivity. “Plus, it’s pee-your-pants funny,” she told the crowded room, which was filled with Apatow’s past and present collaborators, friends and family, with wife Leslie Mann and daughter Iris Apatow seated in the front.

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