Judd Apatow on ‘The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling’ and Speaking Out Against Industry Abusers [Interview]
Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2018 by Fred Topel
Garry Shandling may be best known for The Larry Sanders Show, his landmark comedy about the world of late night talk shows. It was his second TV series, after the meta, fourth wall-breaking It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. Shandling was also a successful standup comic, guest host of The Tonight Show, and actor. To a younger generation, he was Senator Stern in Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Judd Apatow got his start on The Larry Sanders Show. Shandling picked him up from the short-lived The Ben Stiller Show, giving Apatow his first chance to direct television. After preparing Shandling’s memorial service following his death, Apatow decided to make a documentary about his mentor. The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is a two-part HBO film covering Shandling’s life and career. Shandling kept personal diaries, which appear in the film.
Apatow spoke with /Film by phone this week and our conversation begins with Garry Shandling and branches outward, eventually touching on Apatow’s outspoken support of the #MeToo movement and his condemnation of Hollywood abusers. The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling premieres Monday, March 26 on HBO.