• Judd Apatow, Billy Eichner team up for gay rom-com

    Judd Apatow will produce a new same-sex romantic comedy starring Billy Eichner. Nick Stoller, who worked with Eichner on Friends From College, will direct. The Billy on the Street star wrote the film, which is based around two men with commitment issues that are “attempting a relationship.”

    The rom-com announcement comes just in time for Valentine’s Day. With last year’s Love, Simon as the first major Hollywood studio film to tackle gay teen romance, many are excited to have another same-sex comedy coming to the big screen.

    Eichner, who is gay, exclaimed on Twitter on Tuesday that he is, “excited, terrified, completely in shock and PROUD as hell to announce this movie.” He tweeted that he is, “getting emotional reading all your messages about this, especially from my LGBTQ friends. I will do my best not to let you down!!!”

    The loud comedian has been quite busy. He voices Timon in the upcoming Lion King remake and will star in Noelle with Bill Hader. He also stars in Netflix’s Friends from College.

    Judd Apatow continues to team up with younger comics

    Apatow continues to partner with other big names in comedy. He co-executive produces Crashing on HBO, now in its third season. It was announced last week that he will direct an upcoming movie partially based on Pete Davidson’s life. Previously, he partnered with Hannibal Buress on a comedy documentary Hannibal Takes Edinburgh. Last year, the comedy nerd put together an epic two-part documentary for HBO, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.

    If Apatow is not a natural romantic, he sure comes across as one. His productions include date-night fare such as The Big Sick, Trainwreck, Knocked Up, This is 40, Bridesmaids, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He even casts his wife Leslie Mann in many of his projects.

    Mary Stevens

    Mary Stevens is a stand-up comedy enthusiast. She is a huge fan of live stand-up comedy and produces a show in her backyard in Hermosa Beach, CA. Her show has featured comics from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and SNL, as well as up-and-coming comics. She is active on Twitter and Instagram @hermosabchmary.

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