How to Rehearse for Apatow’s “Funny People”

Filed Under Movies, Stand-Up Comedy

A while back I wondered how Adam Sandler would be constructing an act for “Funny People”, Judd Apatow’s upcoming film about stand-ups. Specifically, I wondered if his stand-up would be based in a character different from himself and how he could workshop that material. This quick summation in Entertainment Weekly gives an answer:

Adam Sandler’s ran longest and came with a disclaimer: Jokes about being single were based on his character and not Sandler’s real life (though the distinction was less clear with later rants about fame, the paparazzi, and living large).

So it was: Just tell people. Of course, this is at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles - a venue full of comedy nerds, making is pretty performer friendly. You can say to folks like that: “Hey, I’m not me, I’m somebody else and the jokes are from that vantage point.” And they’ll follow that flow. I’m a little curious if Sandler did (or would do) this if/when he did a drop by at the Improv or the Laugh Factory.

Of course, that doesn’t matter much now as they’re starting to shoot soon. In fact, they’ve begun looking for paid extras to be audience members. If you’re in Los Angeles and are curious, the info is after the jump.

Directed by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin), starring Adam Sandler,
Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman, to name a few.
This major motion picture by Universal is taken place in the world of standup comedy.
We are looking for real Improv/comedy club Go-ers who like to laugh,
to come join us by working as Extras on our film in Los Angeles, CA.

 

***PAID EXTRAS ages 21 and older are needed to work on the film “FUNNY PEOPLE”.
This film is being made from October 2008 through January 2009.
If you are interested in possibly working as a paid Extra in our film,
please mail your submission as soon as possible.

MAKE SURE TO SEND THE FOLLOWING: a current photo (snapshot or Polaroid is fine)
of yourself dressed and made up (hair and make up done for the ladies)
in clothing you think appropriate to wear when you go to the Improv for a night out.
Make sure the photo shows your clothing as well as your face.
Also make sure your submission includes your Name, Email, Phone, HT., WT., Sizes, Car Info.
(if you have one and are willing to use your car in the movie)
- Make, Model, Color & Year. And, if you are in SAG (Screen Actors Guild), please let us know.

 

EMAIL:
WENDY WASHBROOK - wendy.central@gmail.com
RE: “FUNNY PEOPLE”

OR

 

MAIL TO:
WENDY WASHBROOK / CENTRAL CASTING
“FUNNY PEOPLE”
c/o Central Casting
220 South Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
__________________________________________________ __________________________

NOTE: NO PHONE CALLS. PHOTOS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
PLEASE BE PATIENT. WE WILL BE CONTACTING YOU VERY SOON.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST IN “FUNNY PEOPLE”.

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU.
Wendy Washbrook, Extras Casting

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