Judd Apatow is among the many hilarious attendees at this year’s Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, where the man behind such projects as beloved TV comedy “Freaks and Geeks” and big-screen hits including “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” was on hand to present Jim Carrey with the Generation Award.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, during his presentation Apatow recalled being blown away by Carrey’s onstage energy when they were both struggling standup comics in Los Angeles.
“He would go on stage every night and improvise his entire set. His goal was not to repeat one line from any other night. It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Apatow said of Carrey’s standup performances.
Carrey befriended Apatow, who was then a relative unknown, and even hired him to co-write comedy sketches with him. The $5,000 Carrey paid him, said Apatow, “paid my rent for about a year.”
Accepting the award, Carrey reminisced about meeting a “fresh-faced” young Apatow when he introduced himself backstage at The Improv. “He said to me, ‘Hi Mr. Carrey, I’m a young comedian. My name is Judd Apatow,” Carrey said.
Carrey’s response, he recalled: “F**k off narc!”
As Carrey recalls, Apatow came across as “one of those ’21 Jump Street’ dudes — he looked 18, but was really 35 — looking to make a bust.”
Joked Carrey: “So I said, OK. And I made him do heroin with me. I’m not into drugs, but I had to make sure I knew who I was dealing with.”