August 3, 2005

Lousy with virginity


If you can't wait 16 days (or 16 years) for The 40 Year-Old Virgin, you can always seek out a 2003 8-minute short called The 24 Year-Old Virgin, which features "Hayden Elizabeth" before she did The Amazing Race and realized that there might be an advantage using her clunkier real name.

Or you could read Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin (finally, a stickler for proper hyphenation!) by Paul Feig, who created Freaks and Geeks for executive producer Judd Apatow — the writer and director of The 40 Year-Old Virgin.

Still following? I read Feig's first book, and found it to be funny but not F&B brilliant — much my same reaction to Apatow's post-F&G project Undeclared. From what I've seen, 40YOV doesn't look like anything special either, which makes me think that Feig and Apatow need each other for that magic to happen. C'mon guys, surely you can sell some network on Freekier & Geekier: The 90s!

Until then, you'll probably want to check out the hilariously lo-fi personal web site Feig created in 1996, updated once in 1999, and then completely forgot about. The Public Domain Comedy Guide alone is worth the price of admission — free! (You can use that).

What you may not want to read is my 2001 interview with Apatow which reveals very little except that I shouldn't do celebrity interviews. (Fortunately you may not be able to read it, as modernhumorist.com seems to be down frequently these days).

Posted by Daniel Radosh

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