Apatow Inspired Me to Confront My Fear of the Mob

Article by Mandy Stadtmiller

Apatow Inspired Me to Confront My Fear of the Mob As I Plotted How I Could Get the Mob to Go After Him

I don’t think anything is without humor. Whenever there’s a movie that has no jokes in it at all, I always think, well that’s not even possible. In any situation somebody is making a heinous joke. At funeral or massacres, someone’s making a joke. Someone at a massacre is going, can you believe this is happening to us right now?”Judd Apatow, 2014

This hacky, unfunny, shallow routine is just a symptom of how people are afraid to feel empathy. It’s much easier to laugh at our most vulnerable than to look at their pain directly & show them love and concern. Louis CK is all fear and bitterness now. He can’t look inward.”Judd Apatow, 2018

Every Judd tweet reveals his terror that the woke mob will drag him next.” — Jon Gabriel

“‘Please don’t come after me, I’m still one of the good ones,” gasped the comedian’ ”.Jim Treacher

Scout is so involved and active. She is on all platforms, and rarely becomes aware of anything much later than, say, the three-hundredth person. By way of comparison, the earliest I’ve ever been aware of anything was that time I was the ten-million-two-hundred-and-sixth person to see that thing. There’s evidently a considerable gulf between Scout and me. But that’s why I am always so appreciative of her coming by and giving me news. Now, according to Scout, the news was (is?) that the past is now also the present. I invited her to pull up a stool at my mid-century-modern breakfast bar and unpack that a little for me.” — “Now More Than Ever” By Zadie Smith

Comedians, from a fellow comedian, please stop attacking other comedians. What are we doing? We need to circle the wagons here. Jesus fucking Christ.” — Bill Burr, 2019


I always think of that classic David Letterman moment in 2007 when Paris Hilton came on the late-night show to promote her new fragrance line or something. He kept returning to questions about her jail stay. She didn’t want to talk about it, and he responded: “See now this is where you and I are different. Because this is all I want to talk about.”

The spectrum of human depravity and heroics and redemption and failure and shame, and especially, oh especially the lies we tell ourselves to explain away why we are in fact immune from the checkered history of the human spirit while everyone else is not–see, that is all I want to talk about. There’s energizing, inspiring, soul-revitalizing honesty in discomfort and clash. I love to explore the Roshomon-like rubric of our millions of splintered and conflicting realities. I truly believe it is only through such uncensored exploration of the collectivity of endless dark truths in this world that we can ever reach something approaching light.