Judd Apatow Guest-Edits Vanity Fair, Steve Martin Recounts Meeting “The” Judd Apatow in 1980

Saturday, December 22, 2012
By Kevin Crossman

As promotional vehicle go, Judd Apatow’s recent guest-editor stint for Vanity Fair is a really good one. The This is 40 director edited the entire issue, a rare occurrence that has only happened three times for the magazine. Apatow’s January 2013 Vanity Fair issue features comedy-related articles including a rare joint interview with Mike Nichols and Elaine May, a Freaks and Geeks cast reunion, an essay by Albert Brooks (who also appears in This is 40), a profile of Martin Short, an article about the making of The Blues Brothers, and more.

One of the most endearing stories to come out of the project is an encounter between Steve Martin and a twelve-year old Apatow in 1980. Both Martin and Apatow have recounted the stories on talk shows recently and Vanity Fair has a nice video recreation of the event as well. Definitely worth watching!

There are three retro-inspired covers for the issue, featuring many of your (and our) favorite comedians including many that have worked repeatedly with Apatow. Also worth noting for those accuse Apatow of hating women: equal numbers of men and women on the covers.

The first features the cast of This is 40 paying tribute to Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in, with Leslie Mann channeling Goldie Hawn and Melissa McCarthy doing the same for Lily Tomlin. Paul Rudd is a slimy host and Megan Fox is a sexy bellhop.

Vanity Fair 2013 Comedy Issue Cover

Vanity Fair 2013 Comedy Issue Cover

The second cover features Jim Carrey as Evel Knievel, Amy Poehler as a 60’s go-go girl, Maya Rudolph as Cleopatra, and Will Ferrell as a cowboy.

Vanity Fair 2013 Comedy Issue Cover

Vanity Fair 2013 Comedy Issue Cover

The third cover features Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock in retro threads, with Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig as Sonny and Cher.

Vanity Fair 2013 Comedy Issue Cover

Vanity Fair 2013 Comedy Issue Cover

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