March 14th, 2012
12:45 PM ET
Judd Apatow knows that women have always been funny.
But the filmmaker says that after producing “Bridesmaids," he still hears lots of chatter about this being the age of the funny ladies. The thought seems to amuse him.
“It is kind of silly, I thought this was the country of Lucille Ball,” Apatow told CNN at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. “To me, I’ve never understood why there is any question about are women as funny as men.”
Apatow pointed to what he believes is “a larger issue, which is that in entertainment a lot of men have been bred to be writers, directors and producers, and they tend to lean toward writing what they know about - which is other men."
He continued, "I think a lot of studios today are run by women, and we are entering a time when a lot of women have evolved in Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade and wanted to become writers and comedians. So we are seeing that come to fruition.”
Apatow, whose career also includes hits like "Superbad" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin," is once again entering the realm of female comedy with the new HBO series “Girls,” which premiered at SXSW. He's producing the show, which follows the lives of four 20-something women trying to make a life for themselves in New York City and the mistakes they make along the way.
Apatow said the show’s creator/star/director/executive producer Lena Dunham is “ a very original, unique voice and does speak to young people.”
“You know how hard it is to be in your early 20s right now in a tricky economy and a world that’s changing very fast,” Apatow said. “People seem to connect with [Dunham’s character] as the underdog.”
Apatow has been keeping busy on the big screen as well with the forthcoming comedy "The Five Year Engagement," starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. Apatow knows it's not the film some fans might want to hear him say is being released.
"It comes out at the end of April," he said. "We don't have a sequel to 'Bridesmaids' but we have another great wedding-themed movie."
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