By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2012 at 2:45PM
Writer/producer/director/talent scout Judd Apatow is a seriously funny multi-tasker who takes his time between directorial efforts. His latest, "This is 40," is a spin-off of "Knocked Up" that follows married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they navigate the treacherous terrain of marriage, career and family. Rudd basically plays a music producer version of Apatow opposite the multi-hyphenate's very funny wife of 15 years and two daughters, Maude and Iris, who have grown up a bit since their last outing.
Below, Apatow talks about writing--he likes juggling several projects at once-- working with Lena Dunham on "Girls"--he promises surprises next season-- and deadbeat dads, played in the film by John Lithgow and Albert Brooks. And he talks about editing the must-read Vanity Fair comedy issue.