Monday on the NewsHour: Judd Apatow

BY Tom LeGro  October 25, 2010 at 2:49 PM EDT

If there’s a king of comedy right now in Hollywood, you could argue it’s Judd Apatow. The 42-year-old writer, director and producer of megahits is the force behind films including “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up” that combined have earned $1.5 billion dollars in recent years.

Apatow’s latest pursuit is actually quite high-minded: a book called “I Found This Funny,” a collection of his favorite works by writers from past masters F. Scott Fitzgerald and Flannery O’Connor to contemporary humorists David Sedaris and Steve Martin. The proceeds benefit a non-profit writing and tutoring program called 826 National.

AFTER THE JUMP: an extended interview in which Apatow describes his childhood, which would become the basis for his later work, especially the TV series, “Freaks and Geeks.”