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Email trouble: Judd Apatow vs. That 70s Guy

Posted by Asmaa / January 18, 2006

topher.jpg As I was getting ready to clear my schedule for the next ten days to watch the entire ill-fated season of Undeclared on DVD, a friend sent me a link to a bizarre email correspondence between series creator Judd Apatow and the "brains" behind That 70s Show, Mark Brazill. What starts as a seemingly innocuous note about Topher Grace's guest appearance on Undeclared quickly escalates into a series of ever-nastier missives that deal with everything from 15-year-old grudges about a Ben Stiller Show sketch to the real estate vanity of Apatow's wife. The emails, which were posted on the Harper's website a few years ago, offer a glimpse into the scary, neurotic world of the TV comedy writer. If they weren't so psychotic, they'd be fucking hilarious ... I mean, because they're so psychotic, they're fucking hilarious.

To wit, from Brazill (arguably the insane one):

Personally, I feel you've made a career out of being a sycophant to Carrey or Shandling or Roseanne, and when you weren't kissing ass you were stealing from lesser-known comics or leeching off other people's ideas. I noticed how outraged you were to not get a writing credit on "Cable Guy" until it came out and was panned. You dropped that cause like the showbiz weasel you are ... Get cancer.




j mac / January 18, 2006 at 02:18 pm
OK, this is awesome. I really like Judd Apatow, so I'm trying really hard to see some kind of hilarious subtext to his emails, but I kind of get the feeling he really is kind of a suck-up. Could this be?
Asmaa / January 18, 2006 at 07:48 pm
to be sure, apatow seems to have lost a bit of his edge these days ... i mean, was it just me or was The 40-Year-Old Virgin pretty regressive? it had its funny moments, but its politics were questionable ... that said, this guy brazill sounds like a talentless whackjob ... remember, they actually did make That 80s Show.

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