Oral Histories

Judd Apatow's Oral History of His Funniest Movie Scenes

The director of The King of Staten Island spills on some of his movies' biggest laughs, from Melissa McCarthy's foul-mouthed visit to the principal's office to almost tearing of Steve Carell's nipples.

by | June 12, 2020 | Comments

For almost two decades, Judd Apatow has been the king of a certain kind of American movie comedy – as he described it to Rotten Tomatoes, films about people who are stuck and whose lives are falling apart… because “life falling apart is usually funny.” In movies like Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Trainwreck, the writer and director has given us some of recent cinema’s funniest moments, from a chest-waxing scene that almost cost Steve Carell his nipple to an epic breakdown in the principal’s office courtesy of a foul-mouthed Melissa McCarthy in This Is 40. His latest comedy, The King of Staten Island, is a semi-autobiographical feature starring and co-written by Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, and it packs in Apatow’s signature mix of big laughs and big feels.

Ahead of the movie’s release, Apatow sat down with us to break down the mechanics and stories behind some of the funniest scenes he’s put on the screen – including an messy pool fight that’s getting the biggest laughs from audiences who’ve seen his newest film.

Adjusted Score: 87.126%
Critics Consensus: The King of Staten Island's uncertain tone and indulgent length blunt this coming-of-age dramedy's ability to find itself, but Pete Davidson's soulful performance holds it together.
Synopsis: Scott (Pete Davidson) has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven.... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

Tag Cloud

Crunchyroll teaser BBC One dark Infographic Paramount Plus toy story heist movie adventure satire Hallmark Christmas movies YouTube Red finale SDCC Reality Competition Musical FXX Mystery films Year in Review high school blaxploitation batman Fall TV Netflix Nat Geo First Look unscripted rom-coms psychological thriller Television Critics Association Discovery Channel 2016 Tarantino comics Kids & Family Tumblr video on demand talk show Podcast TLC New York Comic Con Sundance OneApp cancelled television discovery Biopics psycho nature Ghostbusters Music football Red Carpet remakes Adult Swim Polls and Games kong 72 Emmy Awards nfl halloween tv Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comiccon hidden camera BET Sundance Now VOD Star Trek crime thriller Women's History Month Legendary IFC Best and Worst Britbox ABC japanese TCA 2017 FX Masterpiece TCM cancelled Black Mirror crime drama cancelled TV series dogs CBS Calendar classics south america Freeform Country versus Food Network screen actors guild Superheroe Photos telelvision canceled TV shows Chernobyl jurassic park TruTV emmy awards Disney mockumentary History docuseries fast and furious OWN Hallmark christmas movies series concert Logo child's play The Purge crime Syfy Animation war stoner foreign IFC Films USA Emmys cancelled TV shows tv talk A&E Film Festival Spike game show miniseries Binge Guide Cosplay SXSW Tomatazos Sundance TV Trivia true crime AMC cats dceu Hulu Sony Pictures CW Seed revenge italian PlayStation Fantasy Mary poppins casting Shudder Holiday 24 frames SundanceTV golden globes Star Wars GoT GLAAD rotten movies we love franchise criterion scorecard Baby Yoda king kong superman hist spy thriller 4/20 Fox Searchlight Pet Sematary boxing rt archives TCA Winter 2020 dragons Comics on TV dramedy cars Rom-Com Tubi aliens Academy Awards 2020 archives Mary Tyler Moore independent strong female leads Warner Bros. universal monsters historical drama Pop Opinion Lucasfilm 2019 Sci-Fi USA Network Anna Paquin Awards Tour comedies venice PaleyFest television Nickelodeon Mary Poppins Returns 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards streaming best Crackle Turner Classic Movies 20th Century Fox ESPN golden globe awards Apple TV+ canceled Trailer Epix YouTube facebook festival Lifetime Christmas movies Amazon Prime diversity YouTube Premium Avengers TV Pirates joker space YA latino Premiere Dates Election free movies scary movies spain Character Guide cops children's TV Netflix Christmas movies RT21 FOX deadpool Hear Us Out reviews natural history Pop TV popular book adaptation rotten kids slashers Lifetime asian-american award winner critics TCA Super Bowl Schedule Winners VICE E! saw A24 singing competition godzilla MTV Acorn TV The Witch Oscars Song of Ice and Fire Pixar Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt dc kaiju Writers Guild of America Universal Endgame Cartoon Network worst NYCC Marvel Studios American Society of Cinematographers Rocketman CBS All Access festivals Stephen King disaster news 71st Emmy Awards Columbia Pictures Box Office anthology indiana jones supernatural docudrama Toys binge breaking bad stand-up comedy The Arrangement Superheroes MSNBC romance Paramount Network Video Games El Rey die hard Winter TV Grammys 2018 E3 Holidays comic books 93rd Oscars President Broadway Turner Cannes australia Pride Month Set visit quibi TNT worst movies Funimation romantic comedy social media period drama APB mutant Esquire fresh First Reviews travel 21st Century Fox Travel Channel Marathons Fox News Creative Arts Emmys Television Academy Musicals Alien 007 ViacomCBS Amazon Walt Disney Pictures TV Land sports stop motion adaptation DC Comics chucky zombies video Extras Western Classic Film Rocky game of thrones crossover TBS Lionsgate transformers sag awards Family Mudbound National Geographic trailers Bravo directors indie Rock razzies Comedy cartoon pirates of the caribbean BET Awards sequels FX on Hulu HBO Go screenings Disney streaming service DirecTV technology Christmas San Diego Comic-Con Summer reboot boxoffice Awards doctor who ABC Family Apple TV Plus Brie Larson Showtime a nightmare on elm street Ellie Kemper ITV LGBT Quiz The Walt Disney Company elevated horror black ID LGBTQ CMT superhero cooking Marvel Television toronto HBO Max Amazon Prime Video movies composers Certified Fresh robots ghosts X-Men theme song parents blockbusters 2021 Paramount Dark Horse Comics anime Comedy Central laika Teen cinemax prank documentaries documentary Comic Book Disney+ Disney Plus GIFs Reality thriller Watching Series justice league politics 45 2017 science fiction hispanic zombie Thanksgiving blockbuster political drama witnail werewolf Disney Channel jamie lee curtis See It Skip It vampires renewed TV shows BBC America Horror all-time Black History Month twilight The CW green book mission: impossible zero dark thirty Starz book sequel serial killer MCU DGA spider-man monster movies BAFTA 99% james bond 2015 WGN Mindy Kaling based on movie The Walking Dead Disney Plus NBC PBS spanish language Heroines new star wars movies spinoff Valentine's Day TV One ratings VH1 richard e. Grant RT History Ovation DC streaming service Amazon Studios women The Academy Martial Arts Emmy Nominations Captain marvel Film hollywood WarnerMedia comic Interview Nominations medical drama TCA Awards what to watch cults CNN name the review Countdown Spectrum Originals DC Universe Exclusive Video Sneak Peek Drama obituary sitcom nbcuniversal french Peacock spanish Trophy Talk Action movie Vudu animated Elton John Spring TV HBO Arrowverse biography Apple harry potter ABC Signature Marvel halloween TV renewals TIFF police drama Shondaland BBC