Chapter 32 of 32 from Judd Apatow



Judd ends his class with some parting advice: Take a risk, find the courage to express yourself, and start writing jokes—because he’s not going to write them for you.

Topics include: Closing

Judd ends his class with some parting advice: Take a risk, find the courage to express yourself, and start writing jokes—because he’s not going to write them for you.

Topics include: Closing

Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow Teaches Comedy

Judd Apatow teaches you how to write, direct, produce, and perform comedy for film and television.

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Get serious about comedy

No joke: At age 15, Judd Apatow took a dishwashing job at a comedy club to watch the acts. Today, he’s the comedic genius behind hits including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, and Freaks and Geeks. In his first-ever online class, the Emmy Award winner teaches you how to create hilarious storylines, write great stand-up, and direct comedies that leave audiences laughing.

Learn Judd’s creative process through case studies, scene deconstructions, and practical insight in 32 on-demand video lessons.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps, assignments, and supplemental material.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Judd will also answer select student questions.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Probably the greatest piece of wisdom was when Judd said that if you are good at comedy and you're dedicated like a serial killer you will succeed. I mean he didn't say that literally but that's what I heard in my head.

Thank you, Judd! Your class taught me to tackle writing that screenplay now and not wait took away the fear and that it's do-able because you broke it down for me... it gave me ideas for my own story... It inspired me because I was able to relate to your story... I hope to meet you and work with you one day...

Absolutely excellent! Useful, practical--I'll be digesting the learning for a long time, and applying what I've learn.

To adopt a natural comedic approach in my acting


Marcy S.

I cant believe how long i have stared at judds face and how its still haunting me

Neal K.

Ahhh...Please Judd...why can't you write some jokes for me? I have a setup but i don't know how to end it: An armadillo rolls into a bar.... But on a semi-serious note: This class was great. Honest, open, a lot of inside information. Thanks a bunch :)

Alfred P.

Thank you for taking the time, Judd. You're very engaging, open, and helpful.

Zsuzsa B.

Thank you Judd, I enjoyed your class and learnt a lot. Your goodbye joke and exit was hilarious, I had the best laugh! This is very much my kind of humour. You are right, good comedy these days is hard to find and good does not equal commercially successful. Your comment on insisting on writing what you find funny as opposed to what is expected is affirming and inspiring. I am finishing Syd Field's Screenwriting and I am determined to write my first script and put all the hard work in! I am tempted to watch your class over again but that would probably be procrastination, even if the best kind.

Jacob G.

Thank you so so much, Judd! I can say, for sure, that your classes were the ones I enjoyed the most and, why not, the ones I learned the most from. Great job!

Pati S.

Love the ending! I'm just loving the insight, just for life. I'm not looking to write jokes and make a career there, but comedy is a deep interest. I'm just loving the dialouge. And that advice is so salient to all those looking to do something - just go do it. Nobody is going to do it for you.

Billy R.

Thank you for a great, inspiring class. You have been one of the clearest, easy-to-understand instructors that I've taken a class from - live or on the internet. Thanks again!

John Connell

Thanks for a wonderful experience. This is one of the best classes I've taken. Your down-to-earth, commonsense lectures (AND your conversational delivery) have uncovered the behind-the-scenes building blocks needed to construct a successful comedy writing career. I no longer feel afraid to try.

Holly P.

Thank you Judd for your amazing class. I loved every inch of it. It is the gift that keeps on giving. But I will make one note that might deserve a correction, and that is that sometimes no matter how good you are, no matter how hard you've worked, or how many people you know, or how many successful indie films or web series you make, Hollywood will not "find you" as you mentioned in your parting advice. Sometimes, particularly if you're a woman in comedy like me, you will get told by reps that although they genuinely love your pilot script, your show likely won't get picked up because you haven't been staffed, and although your script is a killer sample, you likely won't be able to get staffed either because you are not a diversity hire. Which will force you to choke on your tea and say "I'm sorry, did I hear you correctly? Did you just tell me that a woman in comedy is not a diversity hire?" And then they will say, quite unapologetically, "I know. It's not fair. It just is what it is." So I think in order to properly prep your female students for what lies ahead, it might help to give them a little bit different piece of advice. I would tell them they should absolutely go for it. No question. We need them. They should never give up. And a life dedicated to comedy doesn't exactly suck even if it never goes where you want it to. But if they want to get to play in the big leagues with their favorite comedy people, than they should start building a tall ass ladder now, because nobody is coming to find them. They are going to need to put on their battle gear and prepare to storm the gates. And hopefully bring a few other deserving folks with them.

Gretchen B.

Great class. Hoping it sticks & I actually write something cause I'd like to avoid a Gordon Ramsay masterclass.


In this day and age, in this internet era, there really is no reason to not make things, because you can afford to make things. There's also a way for people to see things. And it used to be that if you had a short you made, there wasn't really a way to get it in front of people, or it was a huge pain in the ass to get people to watch it. So, for instance, when Ben Stiller was young, he did a Broadway show. And he was working with John Mahoney. And he made a funny comedy short with his own money, and it was a parody of Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, and instead of being about pool it was about bowling hustlers. Now, nobody knew who Ben was at the time, so he had no way to really get it to people. So what he did is he waited in the lobby at NBC for anyone who worked Saturday Night Live to walk by. And then one day, Jon Lovitz was walking by. And he walked up to Jon Lovitz, and he said, hey, I made this short film. Would you show this to Lorne? And he said, OK. You know what I would have said? No. I don't want to get sued. I don't know who you are. There could be anthrax on this. But Jon Levitz, he did. He brought it upstairs, and showed people, and it got to Lorne. And they called Ben, and they said, OK, we're going to air it this Saturday. You need to come here and trim a little time out of it. And Ben trimmed some time out. They aired it on Saturday Night Live. And at some point later, they asked him to join the cast. And-- and that's how he got his foot in that particular door. These days, you could make a short, put it on Funny or Die, who I work with, or on YouTube, or Vimeo, and send somebody a link. So now it's much easier. You don't have to get them to open the mail, and look at the tape, and you know, it's all very simple. And making a short doesn't cost that much money. You can find a way to make it cost money, but it doesn't have to cost money. And all you really need do get someone to do is click on a link to see it. There's a few things I've done that I think have been helpful. You know, one is, I worked very hard, and I cared a lot, and I-- I love comedy more than anything, and-- and so I have a great passion for it. And I think that is one of the reasons why my career has gone reasonably well, is because I want to challenge myself. I want to grow. I'd like to figure out what else I can do that I haven't done before. So I certainly encourage people to take that risk, and find the courage to sit down and express yourself fully, and believe in your ability to pull something like that off. Because if you don't have the courage to do it, you're never going to just make Swingers with your friends, or Clerks, or Tiny Furniture. It does require a massive leap into the unknown. And there will never be a logical reason to do it, other than madness. All right. You've done it. You've finished my MasterClass. Now go sit your ass down and write a goddamn joke. Nothing happens if you don't write that ...