Judd Apatow and Jay Leno reminisce about their first interview together in 1983

Judd Apatow appeared on Thursday’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote Anchorman 2, but host and guest also took a couple of minutes to make it a Throwback Thursday. Way back 30 years, to 1983. When Apatow was in high school and interviewing dozens of comedians for his self-produced school radio show in Long Island, and he made the trip to New Jersey to catch up with Leno before/after a gig at Rascals Comedy Club.

You see the photo. Now hear here a snippet of audio (Apatow also has shared archived clips in recent years with podcasts such as WTF), in which Apatow asks Leno to describe his stand-up philosophy, but not before boiling it down to two words himself: “Sarcastic and observational.”

Leno’s reply then? “Yeah. That about sums it up, I guess. Sarcastic and observational.”

Roll the clip!

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