Judd Apatow Working on a Documentary About Legendary Comedian George Carlin

Judd Apatow is best known for directing R-rated comedies like The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Trainwreck. But his passion for comedy also extends into the world of stand-up. Not only has he taken the stage himself plenty of times throughout his career, but he shined a light on the late Garry Shandling with an extensive two-part HBO documentary called The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. Now, Apatow will return to the documentary world with a film looking at the life and career of George Carlin, the legendary comedian who recorded no less than 14 comedy specials for HBO.

In an interview with The Boston Globe (via Collider) in support of his upcoming movie The King of Staten Island (read our review), Judd Apatow revealed that he’s getting started on a documentary about George Carlin. Apatow said:

“[I’m] aboutto start work with my partner Michael Bonfiglio on a documentary about George Carlin. So I’m looking forward to watching a lot of Carlin interviews and specials. I think his work turned out to be very prophetic.”

Michael Bonfiglio previously worked with Judd Apatow on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Doc & Darryl, a chronicle of New York Mets players Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, who were beloved athletes who unfortunately went down a destructive path. He also executive produced The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling for Apatow, and recently came off directing another documentary about a late stand-up comedian, Patrice O’Neal.

George Carlin is considered to be one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all-time. Not only did he make sharp, hilarious observations, but he offered brilliant social criticism, making provocative and insightful observations about American culture that weren’t always politically correct. Carlin was such a riveting orator that his stand-up specials simultaneously felt like comedic brilliance and philosophy lectures. Here’s one of his most famous bits, about the seven words you can’t say on television:

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