Film & TV


Judd Apatow

Lesson time 5:28 min

Meet your new instructor: writer, director, producer, and stand-up extraordinaire Judd Apatow. In your first lesson, Judd tells you what you’ll learn, why he’s teaching, and why we need comedy now more than ever.

Judd Apatow
Teaches Comedy
Judd Apatow teaches you how to write, direct, produce, and perform comedy for film and television.
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MAN: Marriage is like an unfunny, tense version of "Everybody Loves Raymond," but it doesn't last 22 minutes, it lasts forever. WOMAN 1: I slept at the doctor's place last night. WOMAN 2: Oh my god, because you were like blackout drunk? WOMAN 1: No, that's the thing. I was dead sober. I had like two drinks. Three, max. Four, now that I'm tallying. MAN: So what do you think, should we have sex tonight? WOMAN: Ugh. I'm just really constipated. MAN 1: What? You can get pinkeye from farting in a pillow? MAN 2: Totally. MAN 1: That's awesome. - Alright, how's it look? How's the James Perse shirt looking? Can you see the gut? Is it hiding the gut? Do I have breasts? No breasts? I got this shirt just so you don't think I have breasts. All right, let's do it. Hi, I'm Judd Apatow, and welcome to my MasterClass. You've already watched Martin Scorsese. You've seen Christina Aguilera. Has she done one? I think she did. She may not have. But now it's time to learn lessons from me. Why are you here? You're here because you want to learn something about comedy, how to make it, how to direct it, how to write it, how to perform it. And I'm going to tell you everything I know. I shouldn't. I should hold some of it back so that I'm always better at it than you are. But I am not. I'm going to give you everything because I'm too lazy, and my memory is too bad to try to figure out what not to tell you. So pay attention. Don't be lazy. Put in the real effort. Take notes. Download all of my movies and pay for them. And maybe I'm about to change your life. What are we going to learn in this MasterClass, you're asking? Well, we're going to learn about many aspects of comedy. We're going to learn about my history. How I got into it. My story. We're going to talk about different projects that I've worked on, and I'll try to explain what I did and how I did it. We'll discuss stand-up comedy, writing, acting, directing, performing, producing. And I will also explain to you how not to act like an asshole so no one wants to work with you. So this is part comedy lecture, part Tony Robbins-inspirational life coaching. And I'm hoping that all the comedy nerds out there will watch this and instead of just being a nerd viewer, they will become a nerd creator. We need you to make comedy because life fucking sucks right now. You know it does. You can feel it in your bones. And every day you say, please, take me away, take me to my happy place. What is your happy place? It might be your favorite movie. Maybe it's "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Maybe it's "Porky's." So maybe it would be great if you made that "Porky's" or "Four Weddings and a Funeral" for someone else so they can get a break from this horrid existence. Why am I teaching this MasterClass? On one level you might say cash. Money to buy stuff, to buy stuff I don't need. To park wherever I want to park. Get a ticket, not care. To order that extra appetizer that ...

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 comedy class, the Emmy Award winner teaches you how to create hilarious storylines, write great stand-up, and direct movies that leave audiences laughing.


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

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

Really learning a lot about comedy production.

So much great information, so many great experiences shared. I enjoyed every minute.

I feel very inspired, and I really appreciate Judd's laidback approach and honesty. I feel like I could certainly relate to growing up being the weirdo without having the same interests as everyone around me. That was a lot of information he threw at us, and I loved every minute of it!



I don’t understand many of the comments because I have English dislexia, not Spanish dislexia... -.- ...

Joel R.

He used unapologetic about brining up the perks of being rich famous, I can dig it.

Joel Kirk R.

Nice to have APATOW juxtaposed with Steve Martin... How did that happen? ... and what will happen now?


Ok, I have typed up my final comedy routine and just need to shoot it. Getting over a cold and am at the tail end plus beau arriving later today but soon, Mr. Apatow I will upload my video!

Amadeus M.

I think about that constantly. Making someone's happy place... It just seems like good campfire etiquette, you know? Leave the world a happier place than where you found it. Very, very excited for the class!

James M.

Did anyone else burn their nipples in the hot bath and then wonder where their genitals went after the cold shower? Did anyone do that bit or was that a funny not to be taken literally joke? I love this guy and am so excited about being the comedy genius of my generation, or at least my house. "This is 40" is my favourite film and got me and my wife through turning 40. Sorry for the shameless plug to my utube channel below but I'm 42 now so don't really care and anway people who brush pass me accidently in the street get told about it and I consider anyone doing this course a friend, so it feels totally justified. Hope you are all having an epic Saturday Love (too much?) James

A fellow student

Hopefully the comments section'll get funnier as the lessons progress, that's how this class works right?

A fellow student

A great intro, got my comedic senses jiggling, get ready for me Hollywood, just, don't Juddge me too much.

Desiree L.

You Sir, Rock! All the worksheets in one place too. Thank you for this MasterClass.

Marc W.

I noticed you didn't mention which appetizers you would order and leave unfinished, I think this crucial detail would have made this first episode more valuable, for myself, I would order the snails, because eww, who would finish a whole order of snails.