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Judd Apatow's Next Project Gets Funny People

Judd Apatow's Next Project Gets Funny People

News and rumors have been trickling in surrounding Judd Apatow's next directorial venture, a dramedy about stand-up comedy which now has the title Funny People. Like You Don't Mess With the Zohan, this will be a collaboration between Apatow and Adam Sandler, with both guys' production companies backing the project.

About the plot, Apatow has been "deliberately vague. . . allowing only that the movie takes place in the world of standup comedy and the focus is on a comedian who has a near-death experience." The cast includes such funny folks as Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill. So, same old Apatow faces (Mann, Rogen, Hill) with some nice new peeps (Schwartzman, Bana).

I'm especially excited about Eric Bana, who is a funny, funny guy. As Variety explains, "Bana began his career as a comic on the standup circuit in Australia and starred in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal and The Eric Bana Show before remaking himself as a dramatic actor." If you haven't seen his impression of Tom Cruise, you should probably click here.

I just hope they get some other notable stand-ups to make appearances somehow, like Bill Cosby or Seinfeld. I'm also curious about which peripheral character Paul Rudd will be playing, since Apatow always includes him somehow.

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couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
I'm totally excited about this! I'm such an Apatow junkie! I saw Eric Bana on a late night talk show (can't remember who - Leno or Letterman), but he was downright hilarious! I was so surprised. So I'm excited to see him in this. & can't wait to see what Paul Rudd will be getting into!
raieven raieven 9 years
hell yes.
chasingjamie chasingjamie 9 years
eee! i love jason schwartzman!
hadassah hadassah 9 years
the part with the Beatles in walk hard (where schwarzmann played ringo starr) made me laugh for DAYS. And i'm still waiting for paul rudd's lead role (besides 'over her dead body'...). I think he's the funniest of all of them
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 9 years
I just checked out his other celeb impressions (schwarzenegger) and he's bloody hilarious! I had no idea and this sort of gets me very excited about this movie.
mariellynelly mariellynelly 9 years
That's really cool about Eric Bana, I love seeing new faces in different genres. Schwartzman is not a stranger to Apatow productions, he was in an episode of 'Freaks and Geeks' and played Ringo Starr in 'Walk Hard'.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
At first I was like, "WTF Eric Bana in a comedy?" Then I remembered hearing something about him being a stand-up comic...I totally don't picture as a stand-up comic but I could watch Bana in just about any movie.
nancita nancita 9 years
Eric Bana started as a standup comic?!? I had no idea. So he's hot and funny. I'm moving him up higher on my list.
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