“I love when people have a great story,” Judd Apatow tells me over the phone in mid-May. For the past three decades, Apatow has dedicated his career to helping turn his collaborators’ (and his own) lived experiences into comedy. Much of his work, including Freaks and Geeks, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This Is 40, and Trainwreck, is biographical, sometimes autobiographical. It often feels as if a surgeon (played by Ken Jeong, of course) has sliced open his chest and laid his heart bare. “Maybe in a parallel universe I should be writing these things from scratch,” he says. “But I just don’t seem to work that way most of the time.
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