Judd Apatow Blasts Donald Trump as ‘The Psycho Girl on ‘The Bachelor’’

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During a stand-up comedy set at South by Southwest, director Judd Apatow delivered a blistering attack on Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner for president.

“Is the Trump thing scaring you?” asked the director of such hits as “Trainwreck” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” before continuing on. “He’s kind of like the psycho girl on ‘The Bachelor’ that you don’t want to get kicked out too soon, because she might have sex with somebody in the ocean,” Apatow said. “But it’s time he doesn’t get the rose.” The sentiment was met with roars of laughter at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.

The Apatow comedy show came after the world premiere of the latest project he’s produced: “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” the Netflix original movie that arrives on the streaming service on March 18, just hours after its SXSW screening.

After the movie’s credits rolled, Apatow took the stage armed with biting political material. He revealed that he contributed to Obama’s 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech that included a series of one-liners about Trump. “The president humiliated him, and I wrote those jokes,” Apatow said. “I was very proud of it. And I found out later that the night he did those jokes, he also killed (Osama) bin Laden.” Apatow took a moment to reflect on what that meant: “I kind of felt like I killed bin Laden,” he said. “What if my jokes bombed? He might have said, ‘I’m not feeling it tonight.’”

Apatow also didn’t shy away from going after Bill Cosby, who has faced rape allegations from more than 50 women. “Can you believe that Bill Cosby is still out there?” he asked, before launching into a caustic impersonation. In Apatow’s retelling, Cosby informs his wife that he’d hid the newspaper from her, so that she wouldn’t know about the allegations. “I forgot the paper was on the Internet,” Apatow said as Cosby.


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Not all of his jokes were ripped from the headlines. Apatow also offered gags about his daughters, marriage, sex and his reputation for telling stories where doughy-looking guys always land the hot girl. “Seth Rogen used to get mad when people said he couldn’t get Katherine Heigl,” he said about “Knocked Up.”

Apatow confessed that he’d missed the life of a stand-up comedian, which he took a break from for 22 years after his directing career took off. He said that he preferred the stage to working with sweaty editors. “I’d like to get rid of this whole movie part,” he said.

But he might not want to retire from his day job just yet. “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” was met with spontaneous eruptions of laughter and applause, including a standing ovation for director Paul Lee and Paul Reubens, who plays the bow-tie wearing character. Reubens, who previously headlined the 1985 Tim Burton film “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” said that he and Apatow had trouble initially getting the sequel off the ground.

“I felt like the biggest challenge we faced was nobody wanted to make it,” Reubens said. “The project languished and then we had a meeting at Netflix,” Reubens said, adding that Apatow’s involvement convinced Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, to back the film.

“And they really allowed us to make a big Pee-wee Herman movie,” explained Apatow. “They gave us enough money to get a flying car.”

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  1. Beth CP says:

    Fine. Whatever Mr. Apatow. There are those of us out here in “fly over country” that don’t think too much of you and the films you’ve written, starred in and/or produced. You may be “rich” in material goods but it’s pretty easy to see you’re bankrupt when it comes to being a decent human being.

  2. AtillaThehun says:

    The white man’s Lee Daniels

  3. Lisa says:

    ‘The psycho girl from the Bachelor’??? What is this – Junior High? What an embarrassing offensive thing to say about anyone! He really does not like women does he? It’s much like ‘You throw like a girl’. I find it funny that someone posted here he actually wrote that for Obama! So, really, he’s sexist and racist. He’s also unoriginal since he has to recycle things. One would think he would have gotten with the times and cut out remarks that insult and diminish women. And who the eff was laughing in that theatre? Typical.

    • thesteelgeneral says:

      That’s hilarious Lisa, to be all up in arms for the Insulter-in-Chief!

      How did that work in your skull?
      “OMG, he insulted don Drumpf, how DARE he!?!?! Drumpf is such a nice man who hardly insults anyone!”

      And remember: Its always that bunch of thugs that wanna get their government hands on your wombs that pretend to “stand up” for women.

  4. GKN says:

    Apatow wrote those jokes for Obama? The 5 mn extract I saw was entirely lifted from Bill Maher. In fact, a friend and I theorized that Obama must watch “Real Time,” even though he refuses to appear on the show, despite countless invitations (and the fact that he’s been on nearly every other show!)

    • thesteelgeneral says:

      Why would Obama go on a show that says virtually the same things about Muslims as Drumpf? Maher, in his quest against christianity, basically says that all muslims are terrorists and that it’s their religion which makes them evil people.

  5. Greeny says:

    Does anyone else find it odd that there are always all these liberal-hating, anti-Hollywood folk reading and posting on, of all things, Variety? Aside from the annoying “spoiler alert” articles I get emails about daily (Can you guys please stop? Please????), I thought this was still basically a source for the trade.

    • thesteelgeneral says:

      yes, you are right WTF are they doing here??? Let them sod off to their hatesites where they belong.

    • AtillaThehun says:

      So you believe that Variety and HR can take political positions and that’s that? Both the rags and the people they report on make it political. If someone ripped on the beloved HRC, it’d never make either pub.

    • GKN says:

      Yes. They hang out here to stimulate their bile, apparently. Which is always raging, as we know, so who knows why they feel a need to whip themselves into further frenzies.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Apatow’s performances are embarrassing.

  7. Brandon says:

    Conservatives are still alive? All they do is stop things, say no to things, do nothing. That’s a sure sign of no life what so ever. But you do usually have lots of money to do that nothing.

  8. Nanny Mo says:

    This is the same genius who brought us such brilliant writing as Knocked Up and I Only Can Write About Sex because I have no other ideas other than sex? I’d listen to what he has to say about politics, for sure. I’d be sure to write a big article on all his brilliant insights into real life and government. It might even sway a national election, a man as important as this, with sex on the brain.

  9. Arthur Mooney says:

    The writer/producer of ‘Girls’ doesn’t like Trump? I’m shocked!!! Clearly you make good choices Judd, do tell us writer of ‘Don’t Mess with the Zohan’ who we should vote for.

  10. Alexander says:

    I “love” how Variety only reports on Republicans if they’re being made fun of, but fawn all over everybody on the left any time one of them makes a big boy tinkle in the pottie. Stick to actual entertainment, Variety, and leave the politics to the liars who fill that unsavory world.

  11. Judd Apatow is still alive?

    • lucky day says:

      Yep, he directed one of the more successful and acclaimed films of last year, and is behind 2 big Netflix projects that just came out that also have great reviews. Alive & kickin.

  12. jen says:

    Judd Apatow is a depraved festering puss-filled cyst on the ass of a whore who lives rancid cesspool. Fawk you Apa-ho’, maggots await their King.

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