SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The premier online education platform MasterClass announced today that filmmaker and comedian Judd Apatow will offer his first ever online class exclusively with MasterClass. Pre-enrollment for the class begins today at www.masterclass.com/ja. Students can enroll in the class for $90, or $180 per year for unlimited access to all new and existing MasterClasses with the All-Access Pass.
Judd Apatow has spent his entire life in pursuit of comedy—starting with his first job washing dishes at a local comedy club, just so he could watch the acts. Since then, he has become the producer, director, and writer behind the movies "Knocked Up", "This is 40", "Funny People," and "The 40-Year-Old-Virgin" (co-written with Steve Carell). In addition, Apatow has produced many of Hollywood's most successful comedic movies and TV shows including "Anchorman," "Freaks and Geeks," Oscar-nominated films "Bridesmaids" and "The Big Sick," HBO's Emmy Award-winning "Girls," HBO's "Crashing," and Netflix's "Love." Judd's signature comedic tone, which combines gut-busting raunchiness and heartfelt emotion, has left a lasting impression on comedy across stand-up, TV, and film. Apatow returned to his stand-up roots with the 2017 Netflix special, "The Return."
In his first-ever online class, directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers films, Meet the Parents), Apatow will share lessons on how to create hilarious storylines, write great stand-up, and direct comedies that leave audiences laughing. Apatow's creative process is rooted in treating comedies like dramas—with well-developed characters and storylines that can stand on their own without humor—and inserting them into hilarious situations. Students will learn his process through case studies and scene deconstructions, and get Apatow's practical advice on how to pitch ideas and navigate the industry.
"I have been mentored by many great comedians in my life. If someone out there watches this class and it's helpful in their development as a comic mind, and they can create something that makes the world a happier place, then I did something that I can be proud of," said Apatow.
"Part of Judd's genius is figuring out how to take that moment in your life where you wanted to hide, shrivel up, yell, or cry, and transform it into a story that makes you laugh and feel a little better about the world—and then helps you heal. He's taught a generation of comedians how to do this, and is now teaching all of us," said David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass.
MasterClass is an online education company which provides classes from world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more. Students can enroll for $180 per year for unlimited access to all new and existing MasterClasses with the All-Access Pass (or $90 for just one class). All classes are available online at www.masterclass.com.
Established in 2015, the San Francisco-based company was founded on the idea that everyone should have "access to genius." The premier online education platform provides affordable, engaging, and inspirational online classes taught by world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons, interactive exercises, a series of course materials, peer interaction, and more.
MasterClass' current roster of courses includes:
Culinary Arts: Gordon Ramsay (cooking), Alice Waters (home cooking), Thomas Keller (cooking technique), Wolfgang Puck (cooking)
Film and Television: Werner Herzog (filmmaking), Martin Scorsese (filmmaking), Ron Howard (directing), Helen Mirren (acting), Samuel L. Jackson (acting)
Music & Entertainment: Armin van Buuren (dance music), Christina Aguilera (singing), Usher (performance), Reba McEntire (country music), Herbie Hancock (jazz), Deadmau5 (music production), Hans Zimmer (film scoring), Steve Martin (comedy)
Writing: James Patterson (writing), Aaron Sorkin (screenwriting), Shonda Rhimes (writing for television), David Mamet (dramatic writing), Bob Woodward (investigative journalism), Judy Blume (writing), Malcolm Gladwell (writing)
Design, Photography, and Fashion: Annie Leibovitz (photography), Frank Gehry (design and architecture), Diane von Furstenberg (how to build a fashion brand), Marc Jacobs (fashion design)
Sports and Games: Serena Williams (tennis), Stephen Curry (shooting, ball-handling, and scoring), Garry Kasparov (chess)
Politics & Society: Jane Goodall (conservation)
For more information, please visit www.masterclass.com.
Download & view the trailer for Judd Apatow's MasterClass below: