Writer, director and producer Judd Apatow will be the second person ever to receive the Just for Laughs Generation Award this year at the prestigious Montreal comedy festival.
An excellent choice for the award- Apatow is a fixture in all things comedy and a long time friend of the festival. He’s being honored for being one of the most important comedic minds of his generation in a career that began in his teens when he started interviewing legendary comedians while still in high school. He has a long string of successful and beloved comedy films to his credit, as well as great comedy television series, and a re-emerging career in stand up as a performer. He’s also an inspiration in the industry, and a passionate advocate of great comedic voices, which you can see not only in his film and television resume, but also in his recent book, Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy, a must read for anyone who loves comedy, and an incredibly moving tribute to his friend Garry Shandling at Bonnaroo.
This year has been a particularly productive year for Apatow- while still riding the media wave created by the movie Trainwreck (which he directed), he also produced the Netflix original series Love, the Netflix original movie Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, the Lonely Island feature film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and he’s currently producing and directing the highly anticipated HBO series Crashing which will star Pete Holmes and a slew of great working stand up comedians. This year also saw Judd’s return to the stage, performing stand up at clubs around the country, at Carnegie Hall for the New York Comedy Festival, on a national tour, and on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. His legacy so far also includes writing and directing The 40-Year-Old Virgin (co-written with Steve Carell), Knocked Up, Funny People, and This is 40. Apatow also was the executive producer of the critically beloved and cult phenomenon series Freaks and Geeks.
Apatow will receive the 2016 Generation Award at this year’s Just For Laughs Awards presented by Air Canada along with the previously announced award recipients Aziz Ansari (Comedy Person of the Year), Sebastian Maniscalco (Stand-Up Comedian of the Year), Maria Bamford (Breakout Comedy Star of the Year), and Mike Judge and Alec Berg (Comedy Writers of the Year).
Last year, Just for Laughs presented the first ever Generations award to Dave Chappelle for his outstanding contributions to comedy.
Awards will be handed out on Friday, July 29 at 4:30 pm at the Grand Salon Opera, Hyatt Regency Montreal.