Judd Apatow contributes to writing, producing and directing things like “Girls,” “Trainwreck,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” For his 50th birthday Wednesday, instead of blowing out a candle, he’ll probably cash in a check.
Also Dec. 12 he’s at the 92nd Street Y. Why? He’s interviewing himself. Talking up his Netflix special. It’s on that same night. It’s called “The Return.”
“I do stand-up on it after 25 years. Look, I worshipped Seinfeld and Leno. I was on a special in ’92. At the Improv, I did all my own writing. Then I stopped. My writing career was doing better than my joking career. But I did one-liners and funny stuff for seven years, and it’s all I ever wanted to do.
“For this special, I’m back to my original trade. Talking about all our current topics — politics, family, my work. It’s illustrated with clips, like from my Garry Shandling documentary. We shot in Montreal, where they have great comedy clubs. I’ve been putting this together for three years. I figure doing a routine is a great way to keep in touch with the crowd.
“As a kid, I was a dishwasher in an East Side comedy club, but working in the kitchen I couldn’t see names like Rosie O’Donnell and Eddie Murphy. I even did radio shows in high school with guys like Howard Stern.”
So is he still a semi-great comedian?
“My wife finds me funny.”
Doing this at Santa time, is it because he’s spiritual and Christmassy?
“No. I’m Jewish. What I like are the presents.”
Rubbing elbows with GOPers
There are three kinds of parties: Republican Party, Democratic Party and the %$#@*&ing cocktail party. Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie’s new book “Let Trump Be Trump” had one.
Lewandowski: “I brought Trump a signed copy. He mostly wanted to know how he looked in it.” Bossie, formerly DJT’s deputy campaign manager, kept a football in that office. To relieve stress, he’d punch it.
The party was 6-to-8 p.m. The announced VIP guest Steve Bannon in fatigues — he dresses like an unmade bed — showed promptly 7:15 and gravitated to journalist Elaine Lafferty, who always knows everyone. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton BS’d with omnipresent contributor Ed Rollins. In a loo with only two stalls, Kimberly Guilfoyle stayed on her phone on her one throne 20 minutes while a conga line of bad bladders wanted to throw her into it.
It was lots of faces. Sean Hannity: “Call. I always answer my cell.” Socialite GOP fund-raiser…