- Interviewed comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, John Candy and Jay Leno while hosting the "Club Comedy" radio show at Syosset High School.
- Started his professional career as a stand-up comic in the late 1980s, making his TV debut on Fox's short-lived Comic Strip Live.
- Shared an apartment with Adam Sandler after dropping out of USC's screenwriting program.
- Worked as a joke writer for Roseanne Barr, Jim Carrey and Tom Arnold in the early '90s.
- Met his wife, actor Leslie Mann, when he produced dark comedy The Cable Guy (1996), in which she co-starred with Jim Carrey.
- Created the cult NBC shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared; wrote and produced for several other acclaimed comedy series, including The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show.
- Made his feature directing debut in 2005 with the surprise hit comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
- 2018, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
- 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Directing For A Nonfiction Program: Nominee
- 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — LOUIS XIII Critics' Choice Genius Award: Winner
- 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
- 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2012, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
- 2008, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
- 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: Nominee
- 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: Winner
- 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming: Nominee
- 2008, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2006, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
- 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- Robert Apatow — Brother
- Mia Apatow — Sister
- Leslie Mann — Wife
- Maude Apatow — Daughter
- Iris Apatow — Daughter
- Attended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States
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