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Monday, October 4, 2010

Meet the Reader Who Won the Contest to Interview Judd Apatow

Posted By on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 2:39 PM

We'd like to thank all the people who entered the contest to interview Hollywood funnyman Judd Apatow on SF Weekly's behalf. People sent in a lot of great questions they'd ask the Knocked Up director.

Before we announce the winner, let us explain our selection process. We favored entries that asked Apatow specific questions about his work or those that a demonstrated a knowledge of his biography. We figured that whoever asked detailed questions about, say, Freaks & Geeks, knew their subject and didn't need any coaching from us. We also thought those were the types of people who would ask the kinds of questions other Judd Apatow fans would want to hear the answers to. 

OK, now that we've prepared most of you to be disappointed, let's get on naming the one person who will be appointed! Congratulations to Cory Sklar, who works at a music software company in SOMA.

Cory's a self-described 30-year-old comedy nerd who's been a fan Apatow for a long time -- back to Apatow's days as a contributor to HBO's The Larry Sanders Show in the '90s. "I have always felt a bit of a connection with Judd. We are both Jews from the Valley and have similar comedic obsessions."

Cory assured us he is not a professional writer or critic, he's just a fan with a metal band called Dalton, which happens to be the name of Patrick Swayze's character in Road House. Most of Dalton's songs, you see, are about Road House. Sounds pretty funny.  

Here are the three questions Cory submitted for the contest:

1. You've mentioned your obsession with comedy started at an early age and I
seem to remember you mentioning a time when you walked up to Steve Martin's
house and just knocked on the door. Can you tell me more about that?

Larry Sanders was so ahead of its time. Can you talk about what was influencing
your work on the show during that period? Was Garry an evil dictator or a
compassionate boss?

3. I see a lot of parallels between the kinds of films John Cassavetes made and your last film Funny People. The super personal subject matter, the use of your children and family as main characters, not to mention the beautiful shots of Los Angeles. Was this an intentional connection?

OK, so that Cassavetes one seemed like a bit of a stretch, but it was still interesting. We definitely were curious how Apatow would answer that.

We'll run a transcript of Cory's interview with Judd later this month on All Shook Down to coincide with the release of Apatow's new book, published by McSweeney's, I Found This Funny

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