From Judd Apatow's MasterClass


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.

Topics include: Introduction


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.

Topics include: Introduction

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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.

The class fostered courage and dedication while offering insights into the creation of what people find humorous

Mr. Judd, Sir - I know comedy is important in my life, but I forgot how important it is to the world. And how much work it takes to make the world laugh as easily as we laugh in our homes. Thank you for reminding me, teaching me, and most of all, for making me laugh - and wanting to make you laugh. Thank you, Sir Judd- you are truly a knight of comedy.

This is a wonderful class that covers everything you would want and so much that you didn't know you wanted. Very personable, thorough and practical. I'd highly recommend anyone interested in comedy take this course.

Judd’s perspective and anecdotes of the lessons learned over his career are at the same time encouraging and sobering. Really learned a lot absolutely it the practical cal side of the business.


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.

Gilberto T.

I am excited to see what comes from this course and how I can develop my talents!

Andrew G.

Sweet. Looking forward to getting started. Although I have had a lot of YouTube success – I made the #1 comedy production in the history of YouTube :) (brag brag) – I am super eager to get the thousands of disjointed ideas on my voice recorder turned into a screenplay. Thanks, Juddsy! Have my subscription money, you rock!

Kailin H.

Hopefully money has something to do with it because this is the only thing I will ever want to do with my life, there's nothing else. Help!

Alison F.

Good introduction! rest assured you are making lots of money!! I'm not in it for the money but to your point life right now forking sucks! I have to do a stand up routine tomorrow evening.People say I'm funny.This is a PG crowd but I get to introduce a real comedienne Jo Firestone which makes me the warm up act.I feel like this is going to be a cram course.Ready for Class 2