Judd Apatow is the latest guest to sit down with Conan O'Brien on "Serious Jibber-Jabber," his hour-long online chat show, but perhaps the most interesting moment came just five minutes into the interview.
A few weeks ago, Apatow revealed that that his first attempt at professional writing was a spec script for "The Simpsons," submitted just five episodes after the show had premiered. Now, over twenty years later, Apatow tells Conan that his episode of "The Simpsons" will actually be made.
In the video above, Apatow confirms at (around 5:20) that "The Simpsons" called him after the story of his spec script went viral and said they will shoot the episode next year.
"And not pay you," Conan joked, to which Apatow replies, "$2,200 dollars."
The Apatow-written episode revolves around Homer being hypnotized to think he's Bart's age before the hypnotist has a heart attack, resulting in Homer becoming Bart's best friend and reverting back to childhood (which Conan and Apatow note is very reminiscent of Apatow's films). But no matter the plot, the "This Is 40" creator seems to be pleased with his earliest career dream finally coming true.
"So now I can retire," Apatow joked. "I'm going to get a 'Simpsons' episode."
If you have about an hour to spare, you should really watch the full episode of "Serious Jibber-Jabber" above, wherein Judd and Conan discuss all of the following (and more):
- How comedy has evolved into a legitimate profession since their careers started
- Judd's fear that he puts his family through "worldwide humiliation" by putting them in his movies
- How Judd thinks he's emotionally smart but not SMART smart
- How Obama is probably a lot funnier than he seems (which is already pretty funny)
- How Al Franken has to try to NOT be funny now that he's a Senator
- Judd discovering and nurturing the careers of people like Jonah Hill in "The 40 Year Old Virgin," Lena Dunham with "Girls," and Jim Carrey in "The Cable Guy"
- Funny tales from "The Simpsons" writers' room
- How comedy is like nuclear fission
- How "This Is 40" is just a little too close to Conan's life for his comfort
- Their mutual "neediness" to make people laugh
- Why Comedies never win Oscars
- Two fantastic "The first time I met Albert Brooks" stories