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Read This: Gross Prophets by Barbecue Bros
July 14, 2010, 11:46 am
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An extended version of the comedy directors roundtable with Todd Phillips, John Landis, Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, and Edgar Wright from a recent GQ.

Now, more than ever, the world is full of funny boys: Amusing themselves, as they have since time immemorial, in the backs of the classrooms across the land, disrupting office meetings with far-fetched anecdotes, cracking wise in church or temple (okay, probably temple). They’re on your TV, on your YouTube, in your podcasts—hell, there may be one in your house right now.

But even in this over-tickled universe, the top of the funny-boy pyramid, measured by either cultural or financial impact, still belongs to those giants who make funny movies. Earlier this year, in Los Angeles, GQ convened five of the biggest for a summit: The oldest, John Landis, was a 60-year-old icon with comedic Borscht Belt roots; the youngest, Edgar Wright, a 36-year-old Brit who grew up worshipping Landis’s An American Werewolf in London. The other three—Judd Apatow, Todd Phillips and Adam McKay—are only responsible for more or less defining the comic sensibility of a generation. Oh, and some two billion dollars in box office sales.

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