Judd Apatow is an American filmmaker, actor and comedian. He is the founder of Apatow Productions, through which he produced and developed the television series Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Funny or Die Presents, Girls, Love, and Crashing and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This Is 40, Trainwreck, May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers, and The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.
13 books on the list
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My Dirty Life in Comedy
Experience the gritty and real life of a comedian and television writer in this captivating read. Discover the scary road gigs, drunk and crazy audiences, crappy pay, temperamental celebrities, and indecent proposals that come with climbing the comedy ladder. You don't have to be a comedian to appreciate this raw and honest perspective on the not-so-glamorous life of comedic success. Get ready to love it!
Great book about comedy!! @LoisBromfield – source
Unti on Creativity
This book explores the mysteries of creativity and how to harness your full potential, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and bestselling author Matt Richtel. Inspired delves into the secrets of creativity through interviews with successful creatives and scientists studying the creative brain. Richtel provides prescriptive advice on unlocking your inner creativity and demonstrates the power of creativity in all aspects of life. This book offers practical guidance for maximizing your creativity and achieving personal fulfillment and success.
This is a great book! If you are interested in creativity it is a must have. – source
Before & Laughter
The funniest man in the UK’s genuinely useful guide to life
A hilarious and heartfelt memoir/self-help manual from one of the UK's most beloved comedians. Follow Jimmy Carr's journey from sad and unfulfilled to a plastic-haired comedy giant through the power of comedy. This book is both about Jimmy's life and how you can turn your own life around to become the best version of yourself. With plenty of jokes and insights, this book is the perfect remedy for any tough times.
This book by @jimmycarr is great! – source
Also recommended byMike Birbiglia
We Had a Little Real Estate Problem
The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy
Explore the little-known but significant story of how Native Americans have influenced and advanced comedy, despite being denied representation in the entertainment industry. From the forced tours of the late 1880s to contemporary comics smashing stereotypes, this book features interviews and detailed profiles of seminal figures like Will Rogers and Jonny Roberts, as well as current comedians like the 1491s, whose satire is earning critical acclaim. With exhaustive research and original interviews, this book pays tribute to a neglected legacy and highlights the joy and laughter that is very much a part of Native culture.
Native Americans In Stand-up: A New History - The Hollywood Reporter. @ClassicShowbiz wrote an amazing book. – source
Also recommended bySteve Martin
In "Impeach," Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal argues that President Trump's repeated requests for foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 election threaten the very foundations of democracy. Katyal maintains that impeachment is the last resort left to hold the President accountable for these actions, and one that our Constitution demands. If we fail to act, we risk compromising the core values that make America what it is.
Pleas get the book Impeach by @neal_katyal to better understand the issues involved and read this thread. – source
Also recommended byChris SaccaJoyce AleneEric ColumbusJason Bordoff
Thinking In Pictures
Explore the creative, practical, and technical choices that make a movie what it is with this fascinating book by a gifted writer and filmmaker. Using his own experiences making the movie Matewan as an example, the author takes readers behind the camera and provides an illuminating look at the movie-making process from start to finish. Full of photographs, sketches, and the complete shooting script, this engaging account is a must-read for anyone interested in the art of filmmaking.
The best book on filmmaking! – source
Comedy Sex God
Comedy Sex God is a hilarious and enlightening memoir that chronicles the journey of stand-up comedian and former evangelical Christian Pete Holmes. As he struggled with his faith and failed marriage, Pete embarked on a spiritual quest that led him to encounters with spiritual leaders and mind-altering substances. This beautifully written book combines humor and philosophy, making it a must-read for anyone searching for deeper meaning in life, love, and comedy.
Why has @peteholmes hidden this photo from us? His book is awesome. – source
All That You Leave Behind
A moving memoir of love, addiction, and family, All That You Leave Behind explores the complex relationship between an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker and her celebrated journalist father. After his sudden death, she combs through their shared correspondence to understand how to move forward in life and work without her biggest champion by her side. Through personal photographs and emails, this coming-of-age memoir unpacks the challenges of addiction, sobriety, and the powerful sense of work and family that define us.
All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir by Erin Lee Carr is a great book about her life and relationship with her father David Carr. It’s especially great about figuring out what career to pursue and the challenges she faced as a young documentarian. Get it! – source
Walk This Way
Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever
This book is about the legendary mashup between Aerosmith and Run-DMC's "Walk This Way" that forever changed music in the 1980s. It delves into the unlikely union of rockers and MCs, illustrating the long road to the revolutionary marriage of rock and hip hop. Written in a cinematic style, it is a must-read for fans of hip hop, rock, and everything in between.
Aerosmith, Run-DMC, and the Story Behind 'Walk This Way' - The Atlantic. — this is a great book! – source
Also recommended byChris Fralic
A Death in the Family
"Loss and grief take center stage in this timeless autobiographical novel. After Jay Follet dies in a tragic car accident, his death shatters the happiness of a young family in Knoxville, Tennessee, leaving them to navigate their sorrow. A classic American masterpiece that remains as poignant today as it was when first published in 1957. A Death in the Family is a must-read for lovers of great literature."
I love A Fan’s Notes by Frederick Exley. Also— A Death In The Family by James Agee. I love all the Dave Eggers books. Carson McCullers. Lorrie Moore. Both Andre Dubus. – source
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman
A Fan's Notes by Frederick Exley