JUDD APATOW is considered one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business. He has been closely associated with many of the biggest comedy films and hit television shows over the last decade and a half.
Most recently, Apatow directed The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling which chronicled the life and spirituality of the late comedian Garry Shandling. Prior to that, he and co-director Mike Bonfiglio followed folk rock icons The Avett Brothers through the making of their latest album in May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers. Both documentaries premiered on HBO to glowing reviews.
Last summer, Apatow produced the romantic comedy, The Big Sick, starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano. The dark horse box office success earned a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, made AFI’s Top 10 list, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
In television, Apatow is the executive producer of the highly acclaimed Crashing on HBO, which recently is currently shooting its third season. He served as the co-creator of Netflix’s Love which is streaming the complete series on Netflix. Apatow also executive produced the multi-award-winning HBO series Girls, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, The Ben Stiller Show, and co-executive produced The Larry Sanders Show.
This past December, Judd released his Netflix comedy special Judd Apatow: The Return, marking his comeback to the stage after a 25-year hiatus.
Apatow has written and directed such films as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People. He directed Trainwreck and has produced Superbad, Bridesmaids, Pineapple Express, and both Anchorman films.
Wayne Federman is a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, and musician. He is best known for his stand-up comedy appearances, his recurring role on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and his many film and television roles.
Wayne grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and Plantation, Florida. His first musical instrument was drums and, at age 14, began performing in a band at local weddings. He also taught himself ventriloquism and performed at various school (South Plantation High School) functions as well as local churches and service organizations. While in Florida Federman made his film debut as an extra in John Frankenheimer’s Black Sunday, shot at the Miami Orange Bowl.
In the fall of 1977, Wayne was accepted to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. There he studied with legendary acting coaches from the Group Theater: Stella Adler and Harold Clurman. Wayne also began developing his stand-up at various New York comedy clubs. It was during these years that he first incorporated music into his act. He closed his sets by playing Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix on an electric ukulele.
Federman made his national television debut on the syndicated stand-up program Comedy Tonight in 1986. He also appeared in two home videos: New Wave Comedy and the Dodge Comedy Showcase.
In LA, Federman began booking television commercials and appeared in dozens of national spots for clients, including Eureka Vacuums, Holiday Inn, U.S. Navy, Wendy’s, Taboo, Jeep-Eagle, McDonald’s, Glad Bags, Sprite, Total Raisin Bran, Ford, U.S. Olympic Team, Suzuki Samurai, Sizzler, Del Monte, U.S. Cellular, Coors, and 7-11.
Federman also began landing small television parts which led him to roles in high profile films such as Legally Blonde, Jack Frost, 50 First Dates, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Step Brothers, Funny People, and The House.
Wayne co-wrote and starred in Max and Josh, a short film that premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Volkswagen Relentless Drive Award.
Wayne co-authored (with Marshall Terrill) an authorized biography of NBA basketball legend Pete Maravich. It became an Amazon Sports Bestseller.
Federman was a founding member of the musical group Truck Stop Harrys, along with Tudor Sherrard and Matthew Porretta. Federman co-wrote several songs for the film Dill Scallion and was the music director and keyboardist for Maria Bamford’s critically acclaimed The Special Special Special.
For two years Wayne Federman relocated to New York to help launch NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He was the show’s head monologue writer over its first season, and left in January 2010 and returned to Los Angeles..
He hosts the annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival, which features comedians screening the movies they love.
His debut stand-up comedy album, The Chronicles of Federman, was a 30-year retrospect of his career. Laugh Button called it, “A must buy for anyone who considers themselves a comedy nerd.”
Federman also co-produced the Don Rickles’ series web series Dinner with Don, Judd Apatow’s Netflix stand-up special entitled The Return, and the two-part HBO documentary, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.
Federman also wrote on the Independent Spirit Awards where he received three WGA Award nominations and one Emmy Award nomination for his work.
Originally from Ecuador, Esteban Touma is a teacher, comedian, writer, and a conditional permanent resident of the United States who is considering applying for citizenship, so everything he says or writes might be monitored by the Department of Homeland Security.
A regular emcee at The Comedy Club on State, Esteban is the host of The Moth in Madison, has been featured on NPR and Wisconsin Public Radio, and has opened for nationally recognized comedians such as Chris Redd, Rory Scovel, Michelle Wolf, Nick Thune, and Wyatt Cenac, among others. Esteban is a certified writer for Comedywire.com and was invited to perform at NBC Second City Break Out Festival, in Chicago. He supports American pie in 3 different formats: song, movie, and dessert.
Some of his comedy comes from the perspective of a part Palestinian/part Latino living in the United States. However, he would never dare to openly criticize or otherwise engage in political activities that may compromise the values of his host country, and thus risk delays, processing fees, or even deportation.
The U.S. Government has officially declared him an “authorized legal alien with a reentry permit.”