The comedy director has established himself as one of the top comedy directors in Hollywood,
having directed such films and television series as “Spy,” “Ghostbusters” (2016), “The Heat,”
“The Office,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Freaks and Geeks,” and “Arrested Development.”
NYFA’s Director of Industry Lecture Series and Hollywood producer Tova Laiter moderated the
The opening topic of conversation began with Feig’s relationship with Judd Apatow, as they’ve
worked on a number of projects together. “I’ve known Judd since he was 17,” said Feig. “If he
produced something, I’d act in it.”
Back in 2007, Apatow called Feig in for a table read of an untitled female comedy about a
wedding, which obviously went on to become “Bridesmaids.”
“I remember thinking, ‘my gosh this is such a great vehicle for a bunch of funny women,’” Feig
recalled. “Now, of course, this was the early days and the script needed a lot of work, so I gave
a bunch of notes. I called Judd [several months later] and asked him what happened. He said it
was dead so that was the end of that.”
Three years later, Feig received a call from his agent saying they were trying to revive the “bride
movie.” Feig immediately thought of SNL’s Kristen Wiig, who he had cast in her first film role in
“Unaccompanied Minors” a few years prior.
Feig implemented a standup comedy trick — write a bunch of jokes and then test them on audiences.
The jokes with the best laughs stay in the film; everything else is left on the cutting room floor.
“I like doing action stuff. How can I make it physical and suspenseful so you’re scared and screaming
at the same time? To get that kind of reaction out of the audience is a good time,” Feig concluded.
Feig’s most recent film, “Ghostbusters” is now available on BluRay and VOD. His upcoming film “Song
of Back and Neck” will be released in 2017.
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