Judd Apatow (born December 6, 1967) is an American screenwriter turned TV writer turned screenwriter turned director turned "mayor of comedy."

Prior to his film career, he was responsible for shows like ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'' and ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'', as well as a notorious FlameWar with former friend and fellow ''Series/TheBenStillerShow'' alumnus Mark Brazill (creator of ''Series/That70sShow''). His career really exploded, however, after the runaway success of ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'', to the point where it's hard to find a recent mainstream comedy that isn't in some way associated with him or influenced by his brand of comedy. As Creator/JohnHughes was to TheEighties, Apatow is to present day comedy.

Apatow is inordinately fond of {{improv}} (full scenes are often entirely improvised by the cast), [[ClusterFBomb profanity]], [[StonerFlick stoner humor]], sex jokes, and gratuitous nudity ([[MaleFrontalNudity male nudity]], more often than not). His characters are usually average Joes who learn to connect with either women or their male buddies, leading some people to call these films [[RomanticComedy romantic comedies]] for men -- "bromances," if you will. He has occasionally been accused of sexism, towards both women (as shown by Katherine Heigl's complaints regarding the portrayal of her character in ''Film/KnockedUp'') and men. Often for the same film.

[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJv-rG_jeGY This video]] parodies the tropes employed by Apatow's films. Genres: RomanticComedy, SexComedy, {{Dramedy}}, BromanticComedy.
Directed and Written:
* ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin''
* ''Film/KnockedUp''
* ''Film/FunnyPeople''
* ''Film/ThisIs40''

Directed and produced Only
* ''Film/{{Trainwreck}}''

Produced/Co-Produced Only:
* ''Film/TheCableGuy''
* ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy''
* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby''
* ''Film/{{Superbad}}''
* ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory''
* ''Film/DrillbitTaylor''
* ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall''
* ''Film/StepBrothers''
* ''Film/PineappleExpress''
* ''Film/YearOne''
* ''Film/GetHimToTheGreek''
* ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}''
* ''Film/TheFiveYearEngagement''
* ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues''
* ''Film/BeginAgain''

* ''Film/{{Heavyweights}}''
* ''Film/FunWithDickAndJane''
* ''Film/YouDontMessWithTheZohan''
* ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS26E11BartsNewFriend Bart's New Friend]]" (an AscendedFanFic)

TV Series
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks''
* ''Series/{{Undeclared}}''
* ''Series/{{Girls}}''
* ''Love''

He [[ProductionPosse tends to work with many of the same actors]] many of whom starred in his earlier shows, a who's who of comedy that includes:
* Creator/JasonSegel
* Creator/JamesFranco
* Creator/PaulRudd
* Creator/SethRogen
* Creator/JonahHill
* Creator/JaneLynch
* Martin Starr
* Bill Hader
* Creator/SteveCarell
* Creator/LeslieMann (his wife)
* Loudon Wainwright III
* Creator/JayBaruchel
* Creator/JohnCReilly
* Creator/AdamSandler (wrote some of his most popular ''LiveActionTelevision/SaturdayNightLive'' skits and produced some of his comedy albums).
!! Tropes Associated With Apatow's Films
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Many characters can have flaws or show some selfish sides but nobody is without any level of decency or humanity.
* SignatureStyle: Judd Apatow makes comedies with drama, heart, relatable characters... and a ton of vulgar, sex, and stoner jokes.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: It arguably could rely somewhat on the cynical end but it still has a lot of heart, making his films somewhere in the middle.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: His movies are often about believable characters in relatable circumstances.