It seems like a less-than-happy Father’s Day is in store for Judd Apatow because his kids are kind of jerks, but hey, what teenage girls aren’t, amirite?
In their defense, Iris and Maude are at that really special teenage age where they know everything and their parents suck (I remember those days). But 14-year-old Iris and 19-year-old Maude, whom Judd shares with his wife, Leslie Mann, sound especially brutal.
During an appearance on Conan, Apatow shared what his daughters really think of his jokes. He’s the writer behind comedies like Knocked Up, Trainwreck, Bridesmaids, Superbad, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Pineapple Express. By pretty much all accounts, he’s a funny dude. But not as far as his daughters are concerned — especially Iris.
“She doesn’t think I’m funny, but, like, to such an extent that it’s deeply hurtful,” Apatow said, adding that she recently told him, “Dad, I hate your jokes so much that sometimes my friends make jokes which are funny, but I don’t laugh, because you make jokes.”
O’Brien summed it up by asking, “She’s saying your comedy is so horrible to her, it has ruined all comedy?”
It doesn’t even end there. Apatow said his daughter’s hate for his comedy extends automatically to people who like his comedy, even complete strangers.
“If anyone likes me, that bugs her too,” he told Conan. “So, on the rare moment that someone walks up to me and is like, ‘Hey, I liked Knocked Up, it made me happy,’ the second they walk away, she mocks them.”
Teenagers are generally terrible, but these two sound like real pieces of work. The kicker? They regularly call Apatow a “Hollywood dick.”
How we imagine a conversation might go between Apatow and his girls:
Apatow: “Hey, that family selfie is totally lit, fam!”
Iris and Maude: *aggressive eye roll*
Iris: “That’s not even how you use ‘fam,’ fam.”
Maude: “I can’t even.”
Iris: “We’re going to [friend’s] house.”
Apatow: “Hey, she said she loved Knocked Up!”
Maude: “Dad! We told you not to talk to our friends!”
Iris: “Unfollowing her on Instagram rn.”
Hang in there, Judd. Almost all teenagers suck. They’ll probably grow out of it. We hope.