08/31/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Judd Apatow Lobbies For Time Magazine Cover

Judd Apatow is working much harder on this article than I am. He wants to meet at 8 a.m., suggests six different events I can accompany him to and sends me more e-mails checking on my progress than my editor does. The two-minute video interview that I promised turns into Apatow taking my camera, directing me for 15 minutes and editing it himself. It's not entirely surprising -- after all, I'm lazy -- but it helps explain how Apatow has become the most influential person making comedy in Hollywood

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