Judd Apatow started out as a comedian and hosted many "Comedy Night" events before being hired as a writer for the 1991 Grammy Awards. Around the same time, he became a part of the stand-up special ‘Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth,’ as a writer and co-producer. In 1992, he came together with Ben Stiller to create the sketch comedy series ‘The Ben Stiller Show.’ The show ran for 13 episodes before it was canceled due to low ratings in 1993. He next joined the American television sitcom ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ as a writer and director. He earned 5 Emmy Award nominations and remained part of the show until it went off-air in 1998.
Apatow made his big-screen debut in the 1995 American family comedy film ‘Heavyweights’ where he played the role of ‘Homer Schulz.’ He was also the writer of the film. ‘Heavyweights’ received negative reviews from critics and was not a successful box office venture. In 1996, he became a part of the comedy film ‘Celtic Pride’ as a writer. The film was panned by critics and was not a commercial success.
In 2005, he marked his directorial debut with the romantic comedy film ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin.’ The film opened to critical acclaim and was a massive box office success, managing to gross over $177.4 million against a budget of $26 million. He went on to write films like ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story’ (2007), ‘You Don't Mess with the Zohan’ (2008), and ‘Pineapple Express’ (2008). In 2012, the comedy film ‘This Is 40,’ which was written and directed by Apatow, was released. The film received a mixed response from critics and was a moderate success at the box office. In 2020, he wrote and directed the comedy-drama film ‘The King of Staten Island.’ The film garnered praise from critics who appreciated Apatow’s writing and direction.
He will return to the director’s chair in the upcoming comedy film ‘The Bubble.’ He is also the writer of the film.