COMEDY CENTRAL Takes Two Inside Looks At The New Judd Apatow Film ‘Funny People’ Monday, July 20 And Friday July 24

Sit down for stand-up! COMEDY CENTRAL presents two original specials from acclaimed director Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up” and “40 Year Old Virgin”) timed to coincide with the release of his new film “Funny People,” which opens in theaters nationwide July 31. The one-hour, behind-the-scenes special, “Inside Funny People,” world premieres on COMEDY CENTRAL Monday, July 20 at midnight. Then, on Friday, July 24 at 11:00 p.m. Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler host “Funny People: Live,” an up-close-and-personal look at the instrumental role stand-up comedy played in their new film.

In “Funny People,” George Simmons (played by Adam Sandler) is at the top of his game as an international stand-up comedy superstar, but decides to get a new grip on life after a startling brush with death. On Monday, July 20, “Inside Funny People” follows director Apatow’s video diaries on the set of the movie, taking an in-depth look at exclusive writer meetings, cast rehearsals with stars Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Leslie Mann, Aziz Ansari and more, as well as special stand-up performances by the actors and their friends in preparation for the shoot.

On Friday, July 24, get ready for “Funny People: Live,” hosted by Apatow, Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler. Not only does this special take another detailed look at the making of “Funny People,” it focuses closely on the pursuit of stand-up comedy and how actors such as Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler got in touch with their stand-up roots in order to prepare for the film. In addition, “Funny People: Live” showcases live stand-up sets from “real life funny people” Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Russell Brand, Brian Posehn, Greg Giraldo and Maria Bamford as well as sets from the film’s cast members. Fans of comedy, get ready to learn and laugh at the fear and fun that comes with performing stand-up!

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