Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow

Comedians are a weird breed. Think about it, speaking on stage in front of a large audience is one of the biggest fears many folks have, yet these individuals choose it as a profession. Additionally, they are required to make people laugh all the time or experience the audience’s wrath if they don’t. I enjoy reading about comedians or humorists, because I love seeing their perspective on culture because in a way I think their view on culture is most revealing.

Judd Apatow is a self-proclaimed comedy nerd. When he was a young boy, he was obsessed with comedy. Some of the interviews found in Sick in the Head are from Apatow’s high school days. He interviewed Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, and the likes when he was just an adolescent. Many of us wonder what we would do if we met our idols, Apatow made that happen.

Sick in the Head is a simple book of interviews. There is no running theme or subject besides comedy. A few interviews are from Apatow’s younger days (these are probably the worst interviews, however still interesting). A few interviews are transcripts of other works (podcasts, DVD commentaries, magazine interviews). And some interviews were done specifically for the books and these are definitely the best.

Today, Apatow is a comedic force. He turned his passion into reality and that’s fun to see.

I really enjoyed the interviews with comedians I like (Colbert, Short, Martin) and I kind of skipped over the ones I had no interest in.

All in all, it’s an interesting read. I would have enjoyed a theme to the book or transition from one interview to the other.