I really enjoy great comedy. I particularly love it when it’s obvious that the comic is undoubtedly smart because of their unique perspective and the way they construct and effectively deliver their stories and observations to the audience.
My favourites of the bunch are so good that they make it hard for me to find comics that I consider, ‘just OK’ watchable.
Judd Apatow – The Return; a standup special featuring Apatow, a funny man better known for being a great producer, writer and director of several hit comedy films is not a bad comedy special. There were a few moments where I laughed heartily. Overall though, since standup isn’t the craft Apatow has focused most on for the last 25 plus years, the whole experience felt more like a fun catch up with a funny friend I hadn’t seen for ages rather than the really clever standup specials I often get very excited about.
I smiled at Apatow’s stories in the beginning, eventually a few funnier stories and observations were shared. The most memorable for me being the story about pitching at the baseball game. When the whole thing was over, I found myself especially happy for Apatow because he got to fulfil his childhood dream.
I’m quite sure that Apatow will always be one of my favourite comedy film makers. Where standup is concerned, the place he occupies in my heart is one of the funny ‘friend’ I don’t get to catch up with very often.
Watch it if you’re so curious.
Happy Film Loving