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Judd Apatow’s 10 Tips To Improve Your Stand-Up Comedy Writing (With Video)

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 12, 2021 • 7 min read

Judd Apatow is considered one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business. He has been closely associated with many of the biggest comedy films and hit television shows over the last decade and a half. But Apatow is also a stand-up comedian, returning to the stage in 2017 after a 25-year hiatus for a Netflix stand-up special titled Judd Apatow: The Return. He has amassed a wealth of experience between his experience as a film and TV comedy writer and stand-up comedy writer.

Below, Apatow shares his secrets to writing stand-up comedy. Whether you want to perform at a local open mic or have your funny bone set on writing comedy for a late-night TV show like Saturday Night Live, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better—or funnier—teacher to guide you through your stand-up career.