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This coming January 2013 is Vanity Fair‘s first ever comedy issue and it’s guest edited by Judd Apatow. For the issue, Apatow brought together his most talented friends and idols to contribute, write, and pose for a 19-page Mark Seliger portfolio. There are three different covers to this issue, with four different comedians looking fabulously funny on each. I’ve included all three of them below and you can vote for which one you like best.

This is only the third time since Graydon Carter became the editor of the magazine 20 years ago that someone has been a guest editor. The last guest editor was Bono when he guest-edited the Africa issue in July of 2007. Before that, Tom Ford guest-edited a Hollywood Portfolio in March of 2006. With the comedy genre booming these days, Carter felt like it was the perfect time for such an issue and that Judd Apatow was the perfect choice for the job.

In the first cover shown above, Jim Carrey is dressed up as Evel Knievel, Maya Rudolph is doing an ancient Egyptian like Steve Martin in his King Tut days, Will Ferrell is done up like a corny cowboy, and Amy Poehler as a 60s go-go girl. Check out the other two covers below, featuring comedians like Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and more.

Check out the other two covers & vote after the jump…

Well, if we can’t have a Bridesmaids sequel, I guess I can settle for another semi-sequel from one of my other favorite Judd Apatow films. I remember when I first saw “Knocked Up,” I was literally peeing my pants at the candidness of the comedy – as per many of Apatow’s films. Now, he’s bringing back the laughs with “This Is 40.”

Deemed as the almost-sequel to “Knocked Up,” the film stars Leslie Mann who I love along with Paul Rudd. I can’t help but mention that Jason Segel and Melissa McCarthy also appear in the film. Needless to say, we know it’s going to be hilarious.

The basic plot of the story follows Pete and Debbie a few years after the events that took place in “Knocked Up.” This time around, Debbie is a little stressed by the fact that they are turning 40. So, she decides that her and Pete should live their lives to the fullest by completing a few tasks. Why? Because if they don’t do them now, when will they ever? Check out the totally funny, newly released trailer below.

Watch the “This Is 40” trailer after the jump.

GO GIRLS! Adam’s Must-Watch Femedies

In: Adam, TV Shows

Female comedies… it kinda makes sense, right?! Oh well: as Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig explode into the 21st century as the it women of comedy, the big and small screen alike have taken notice as funny ladies like Amy Poehler and Christina Applegate star and write their own work and push age-accepted WASP male humour to the side. Realizing that my current top-rated funny shows are strongly led by female characters and writers, I knew it was time to at least dedicate an article to some double XX chromosomal amazing voices you might not have realized exist in this mid-season of TV amazingness. While the aforementioned talents are often associated with more slapstick, contemporary and physical comedy, there’s two shows I’m HUGELY and quickly falling in love with that offer a tremendously witty and cerebral edge to LOLing that you have to hear about: “Veep” and “Girls“.

Less than surprisingly, both the picks are brand new releases from the brill-balls programming of HBO. While “cutting edge” is a bit of a cliche when referring to the network, honestly, there’s no better way to describe both it and these two shows. While “Veep” tends towards the exaggerated absurd, “Girls” utilizes the harshest of reality: they both absolutely succeed at offering a new voice to not just women but the field of comedy itself. Two second synopsis to convince you to click through: “Veep” is a nonpartisan look at the oft-dismissed and seemingly unimportant role of the vice president from the point of view of “Seinfeld’s” Elalin- Julia Louis-Dreyfus- as the “veep” herself; “Girls” is a hispter/bohemian look at a collection of white 20-something girls in NY who demonstrate the plight of women trying to succeed as smart, independent and sexually free in today’s big apple without the shiny veneer of “Sex and the City” to make all their misadventures cute rather than pointedly real and pained.

Click through to see their trailers and read the rest of my review

Given that I co-own a men’s skin care & grooming product storefront and web store, this documentary is right up my alley: From the people that brought you the ‘Supersize Me‘ documentary and executive producers Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Ben Silverman, we get to see a hilarious look at men’s identity in the 21st century in this upcoming on ‘Mansome‘ film.

The synopsis reads, “In the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, fancy men’s day spas, and high-end grooming products galore, “Mansome” is a witty, provocative and highly-entertaining glimpse into what it means to be a man in a world where the definition of masculinity has become as diverse as a hipster’s facial hair in Williamsburg. With his signature humor and insight, Spurlock combs over the follicles of men’s idiosyncratic grooming habits, opening up a dialogue about men’s unique approach to self image.”

In addition to Will Arnett and Jason Bateman, the film also stars Morgan Spurlock, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Carolla, Judd Apatow, and John Waters. Various models, actors, experts and comedians also weigh in on what it is to be a man in today’s world. The film hits theaters for a limited release on May 18.

Watch the trailer after the jump…

Universal Studios is celebrating a big victory this weekend (besides the Fourth of July). The hilarious female driven comedy Bridesmaids has surpassed Sex & the City and become the top grossing female R-rated comedy ever. That’s an amazing feat for star Kirsten Wiig and producer Judd Apatow.

With this long weekend’s box office projections, Bridesmaids will domestically make an estimated $153.7 million. Sex & the City earned $152.6 million. And, it doesn’t look like Bridesmaids is giving an sign of slowing down.

Universal is also celebrating in the fact that this has now become the studios biggest romantic comedy success as well and the seventh most successful romantic comedy of all time. I know what you’re thinking… is Bridesmaids really a rom com? Well, Kristen Wiig’s character does get the boy in the end.

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Funny Or Die: Hungover With Bridesmaids

In: Patrick, Videos

I have to say I’m a fan of these Funny or Die and CollegeHumor funny faux interviews as a way to help promote upcoming movies. Remember the “You Again” one? I died.

This weekend, Bridesmaids opens up in theatres and today we share with you Funny or Die’s “Hungover With Bridesmaids”. The interview that chats with the cast is beyond hungover after having attended a wedding the night prior and slept with a guy named Kyle. The cast, which includes Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph among others, try to push through the interview as best they can with the trainwreck interviewer they’re stuck with. What advice do they have for her? Find out below.

I’m watching a screening of the film tonight so watch for my review this Friday. I have a feeling this movie is going to make me shed some tears…of laughter.

Video after the jump…

From the producer of Superbad, Knocked Up, and The 40-Year Old Virgin, Judd Apatow is bringing us another insanely funny film with a fantastic cast: “Bridesmaids”. Let me just say that it stars SNL‘s Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph and The Office‘s Ellie Kemper, among other funny ladies. Now that is a recipe for success.

Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.

This movie looks like the female version of The Hangover – so funny! Still not convinced? Watch the trailer below.

Check out the trailer after the jump…

Judd Apatow PSA: Laugh Your Tuches Off…

In: Patrick, Random Reads

In celebration of AJWS‘s 25th anniversary, (American Jewish World Service), a bunch of celebrities got together and made a hilarious PSA for them. The actual organization had a great laugh at the Funny or Die video and even had this to say:

It rocks. So by all means, laugh your tuches off. Enjoy some of the most celebrated names in entertainment (including Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Kiefer Sutherland, Susan Sarandon and, yes, Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog) roasting AJWS as we mark our 25th anniversary. We’re here to amuse.

But along the way we also alleviate poverty, hunger and disease in the developing world (sounds crazy, but it’s what we do.) And to make that happen, we rely on assistance from people like you. So when this achingly funny video ends please consider donating, taking action or signing up for one of our e-mail newsletters. Just click one of the bright, shiny buttons to right of the player. It takes about 13 seconds.

As Patrick Stewart says, “Individuals can change the world. “ And as a Starfleet captain, he should know (even though he’s not Jewish.)

Check out the video after the jump…

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