Apatow recalls working with Shaiman

Director, composer teamed for 'Oscars' song

(Writer-director Judd Apatow collaborated with Marc Shaiman on the number “A Comedian at the Oscars” — in which Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly lamented Oscar’s failure to recognize the contributions of comics — for this year’s kudocast. Apatow recounts the process, of which the finale — “Helen Mirren and an Oscar will be coming home with me!” — brought down the house.)

Marc, Adam McKay and I wrote the song “A Comedian at the Oscars” for this year’s ceremony in two hours. We had never met before that day.

Adam and I don’t know anything about music or music composition. We don’t understand how to use music to support comedy. We have no familiarity with the politics of writing comedy for the Oscars, or the needs and demands of a major set piece for Hollywood’s biggest night.

In short, Marc did most all of the work.

We all spouted jokes and fragments of thoughts for two hours as Marc punched and shaped the lyrics while creating the music. It was astounding to watch him in action. He did all this during a short break from writing the music for the film version of “Hairspray.”

Imagine what he could have done if we had three hours.

More Film

  • Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie

    Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie to Reunite in 'Point Blank' Remake

    (Writer-director Judd Apatow collaborated with Marc Shaiman on the number “A Comedian at the Oscars” — in which Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly lamented Oscar’s failure to recognize the contributions of comics — for this year’s kudocast. Apatow recounts the process, of which the finale — “Helen Mirren and an Oscar will […]

  • Universal Music Restoration

    Universal Launches Music Restoration Program, New Soundtrack Imprint (EXCLUSIVE)

    (Writer-director Judd Apatow collaborated with Marc Shaiman on the number “A Comedian at the Oscars” — in which Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly lamented Oscar’s failure to recognize the contributions of comics — for this year’s kudocast. Apatow recounts the process, of which the finale — “Helen Mirren and an Oscar will […]

  • Ingmar Bergman 100th Birthday Anniversary.

    Ingmar Bergman's Centennial: A Time to Celebrate Joy of Filmmaking

    (Writer-director Judd Apatow collaborated with Marc Shaiman on the number “A Comedian at the Oscars” — in which Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly lamented Oscar’s failure to recognize the contributions of comics — for this year’s kudocast. Apatow recounts the process, of which the finale — “Helen Mirren and an Oscar will […]

  • CAA Promotes Eric Schonberg to Agent

    CAA Promotes Eric Schonberg to Agent

    (Writer-director Judd Apatow collaborated with Marc Shaiman on the number “A Comedian at the Oscars” — in which Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly lamented Oscar’s failure to recognize the contributions of comics — for this year’s kudocast. Apatow recounts the process, of which the finale — “Helen Mirren and an Oscar will […]

  • The Indoraptor prepares to strike in

    Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Stomps to $15.3 Million on Thursday Night

    (Writer-director Judd Apatow collaborated with Marc Shaiman on the number “A Comedian at the Oscars” — in which Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly lamented Oscar’s failure to recognize the contributions of comics — for this year’s kudocast. Apatow recounts the process, of which the finale — “Helen Mirren and an Oscar will […]

  • Sinemia Introduces Family Plans, Challenging MoviePass

    Movie Ticketing Service Sinemia Introduces Family Plans

    (Writer-director Judd Apatow collaborated with Marc Shaiman on the number “A Comedian at the Oscars” — in which Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly lamented Oscar’s failure to recognize the contributions of comics — for this year’s kudocast. Apatow recounts the process, of which the finale — “Helen Mirren and an Oscar will […]

  • Longtime Disney Executive Mark Endemano Steps

    Longtime Disney Executive Mark Endemano Steps Down

    (Writer-director Judd Apatow collaborated with Marc Shaiman on the number “A Comedian at the Oscars” — in which Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly lamented Oscar’s failure to recognize the contributions of comics — for this year’s kudocast. Apatow recounts the process, of which the finale — “Helen Mirren and an Oscar will […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content