Judd Apatow is the first to admit that he makes "dick movies with heart," and his latest project is no exception. It's a relationship saga set in the world of stand-up comedy, and as he explains, "It's not a big high-concept movie. It's hopefully going to be a very, very funny drama."
"But wait," you say. "I've already seen Punchline." Never mind that, jerky. This one stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen as the stand-ups, and they're preparing for their roles by anonymously performing in the comedy clubs of Los Angeles throughout the summer.
And, what's it like for two huge thespians to have to take the mike after all these years? Adam Sandler is not too thrilled. "I've got to write an act again. It's been a long time. I haven't done stand-up in, like, 10 years. Even more.... That's why I want to kill Judd Apatow right now. I was so much happier doing nothing!" Seth Rogen is a little more upbeat about the prospect. "I haven't done [stand-up] in almost eight or nine years.... I've been writing some jokes. They're varying degrees of hilarious, [and the best stuff] is some 'Hills' jokes. I'm just writing on premises — I haven't really flushed it out yet."
So, has anyone been lucky enough to see one of these dudes perform yet? We figure it goes something like this: The host brings them out, the audience goes nuts, they tell some half-baked jokes, the audience laughs pretty hard at the first few and then once the celebrity good will wears off, they only get a few mercy chuckles. Then they make self-deprecating jokes about how tough stand-up is, leave the stage, and take limos back to their multi-million dollar mansions. You know, just like regular comedians. How close are we to the truth? If anyone catches Sandler or Rogen doing a tight five this summer please let us know ASAP.