Judd Apatow is one of the few “behind-the-scenes” Hollywood people recently to cross in front of the camera, as evidenced by his recent appearance on The Tonight Show. Thanks to his successful films, 40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, he is in demand as a talk show guest, and he did have a good rapport with Jay Leno. Apatow came dressed in a respectful suit, which he also did on a recent visit to The Daily Show with John Stuart. A nice touch for the movie business today, where some of stars have given new meaning to the term “dressing down.” (Yes, Mr. Sandler, we mean you.) And being primarily a writer and not a performer, he wisely didn’t try too hard to be funny. He was, however, funny… in a natural, intelligent way. He joked about being roommates with the aforementioned Adam Sandler in college and how, even though he was pretty sure he was better looking than Adam (he brought a photo of the two of them to prove it), he had to admit he couldn’t even get Sandler’s overflow of girls at parties.
There to promote his new film, co-written with Sandler, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, which he calls an Israeli James Bond, Apatow offered his theory on the Middle East conflict. “Many Jews and Arabs worked on the film and got along great. So, it’s possible to have peace if you’re paid to work on an Adam Sandler movie.”
Not screamingly funny, but certainly thoughtful and quick. Being one of Hollywood’s newly minted moguls, Apatow has found his niche primarily behind the camera, but he has the presence to pull off an occasional sit down stint as a star guest as well.