University of Southern California
Syosset High School
University of Southern California
Executive produced the comedy series "Love"
Published Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy, a collection of interviews and conversations with famous comedians, including several he conducted for his high school radio station in the 1980s.
Directed the romantic comedy "Trainwreck," written by and starring Amy Schumer.
Wrote and directed "This Is 40," a comedy that followed the married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from "Knocked Up" (2007)
Produced the Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd comedy vehicle "Wanderlust"
Produced romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt
Executive produced the HBO series "Girls," created by and starring Lena Dunham
Produced the Paul Feig-directed comedy "Bridesmaids," starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph
Took a serious turn with the dramedy "Funny People"; wrote, directed and produced the film starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and wife Leslie Mann
Co-wrote and co-produced the comedy "Pineapple Express"
Co-wrote the music and lyrics for "Walk Hard" from the film, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture and a Grammy nomination for Best Song
Helmed the comedy "Knocked Up" about an insensitive slacker who impregnates a girl after a one-night stand
Produced the film "Superbad," which was co-penned by frequent collaborator Seth Rogen
Made directorial debut with the comedy "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" starring Steve Carell; also co-wrote the film with Steve Carell
Produced "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" starring Will Ferrell; also cast in a small role
With Feig, created the Fox series "Undeclared," about freshmen college students; also served as executive producer
Served as executive producer of the NBC drama "Freaks and Geeks"; initial collaboration with Paul Feig
Sued Writers Guild of America for writing credit on "The Cable Guy"; also served as a producer; suit later withdrawn
First solo screenwriting credit, "Celtic Pride"; also executive produced
First film as executive producer and co-screenwriter, "Heavyweights"; also played bit part
Wrote for the annual telecast of the Grammy Awards
Produced and wrote for the animated series "The Critic" (Fox)
First film as associate producer, "Crossing the Bridge"
Created, produced, wrote for and appeared in "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox); won Emmy for writing
Series debut as writer and consulting producer, "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO)
TV debut as writer, "Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth" (HBO)
TV debut as performer, "Comic Strip Live" (Fox)
Made debut as stand-up comic in Long Island
Hosted own radio show at his high school; interviewed such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Martin Short
Formed Apatow Productions; signed two-year, first look deal with New Line
Worked as a joke writer for both Roseanne, Tom Arnold, and Jim Carrey
In the early '80s, Apatow hosted his own radio show at his high school, at which he interviewed such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Martin Short.
Apatow roomed with Adam Sandler in the late 1980s while working as a joke writer for Roseanne and Tom Arnold.
Apatow on his attempts to get revenge for his cancelled TV shows "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC) and "Undeclared" (Fox): "I go so far as to attempt to turn every single person who ever acted on any show I've ever been involved with into a feature-film star just so I can prove I was right about the TV show. Sometimes the actors will say to me, 'Wow, you must really think I'm good.' No, I don't think you're good at all. I just have to prove to that goddamn TV executive that he made a mistake. It's not a sign of my support; it's a sign of how insane I am. I'm the most arrogant man on earth, and I always need to be right." – Apatow to Playboy magazine, July 2009
Paul Rudd's role as a music executive in "This Is 40," was inspired by Apatow's grandfather Bob Shad, a jazz and rock label owner who produced records by Dinah Washington and Janis Joplin's band Big Brother and the Holding Company.