A few years ago, when Judd Apatow came out with The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling documentary, it sort of showed us all what a really great documentary about a comedian could be. Thanks to his journal entries and audio recordings, the film got even deeper into Shandling’s brain than we might have seen even if he was alive to tell his own story. It was unguarded and received nearly universal acclaim.
Now, Apatow is talking about doing his next deep dive into the comic brain with George Carlin serving as the subject. While our doing press for The King of Staten Island, Apatow revealed to the Boston Globe his plans for the film. “I’m about to start work with my partner Michael Bonfiglio on a documentary about George Carlin,” Apatow stated. “So I’m looking forward to watching a lot of Carlin interviews and specials. I think his work turned out to be very prophetic.”
Bonfiglio has worked with Apatow on two other documentaries, including Doc & Darryl for ESPN and The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling for HBO. Separately, Apatow has also did a documentary on the Avett Brothers titled May it Last, while Bonfiglio worked on the upcoming Patrice O’Neal documentary.
As far as stand-up pioneers, nobody will argue that Carlin isn’t on the Mount Rushmore of comedy. His unique point of view continues to be just as relevant today as it ever was. So we definitely are looking forward to seeing him get his due.