Can Judd Apatow go from The 40 Year Old Virgin to Broadway? And still be funny?

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Click to follow
The Independent Culture

Since his breakout hit, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Judd Apatow has barely been out of the multiplexes, writing, producing or directing some 18 movies since 2005. Now he has his eye on Broadway.

“I miss doing something where I’m interacting more with the audience. I like the idea of writing something and rewriting it every night based on how it’s playing”, he told GQ.

Apatow started out in stand-up, MC-ing at Improv, a comedy club in Hollywood before becoming a screenwriter. “I have a great idea. Maybe, like, the best idea I’ve ever had. It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience.”

He has already started writing the play which will have a “social conscience” and will deal with “the victims of the criminal-justice system and the challenges they face”.

Will it be as funny as his films? “I don’t know yet. I think it will. But it might stop being funny.”

Also in the Arts Diary

'Hackle-raising' play starring blacked-up actors to showcase at Suffolk theatre festival

100% Happy listening; Lee Child makes film cameo in Jack Reacher