In the ever-increasing trend of mainstream entertainment and arts magazines publishing an annual “comedy issue,” heavyweight Vanity Fair has entered the mix, enlisting Judd Apatow to guest edit their offering, which will hit New York City and Los Angeles on Dec. 5 and the rest of the country on Dec. 12.
“Judd Apatow has revolutionized filmed comedy by creating scripts and cultivating a stable of actors in much the manner that Preston Sturges and Woody Allen have done in the past,” Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter says. “I’m thrilled that he will be bringing his singular comic sensibility and players to our pages.” The issue will contain more than 20 pages of comedy content, including a series of photos by celebrated entertainment photographer Mark Seliger.
Vanity Fair joins the likes of Spin (Patton Oswalt guest edited for them), Rolling Stone (Aziz Ansari graced the cover in 2011), GQ (remember a nearly naked Mila Kunis on the cover last year?), Blackbook (cover subject last year was Anna Faris), Entertainment Weekly and Under the Radar who have already entered the world of comedy issues.
“I proposed the idea of editing a comedy issue,” says Apatow, who’s next flick This is 40 starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann hits theaters Dec. 21. “I didn’t think Graydon would say yes, and then I didn’t think it would be that much work. And then I found out I don’t get paid. I’m a gigantic fan of Vanity Fair and having the opportunity to collaborate on an issue that focuses on comedy has been fantastic.”
I have all the faith in the world that Apatow will make the comedy world proud.