Yep, that's Jim Carrey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Will Ferrell.

Yep, that's Jim Carrey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Will Ferrell.

Vanity Fair let Judd Apatow take the wheel for its first ever comedy issue this month, allowing the mega-successful writer-producer-director to guest edit the entire portfolio, which of course included hand-picking all of his friends to be the cover stars.

The covers, each a dizzying tribute to 1960-70s pop culture, feature such comedy greats as Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Poehler and Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann, hamming it up for the camera and Lena Dunham, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman and Mel Brooks talking about their 'craft' across a 19 page portfolio inside.

According to Vanity Fair:

The stars of Apatow’s This Is 40, [are] dressed as famous figures of 60s- and 70s-era variety shows like Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, with Leslie Mann in a bikini and body paint à la Goldie Hawn and Melissa McCarthy dressed as Lily Tomlin’s Edith Ann; Paul Rudd plays your oily show host, and Megan Fox is an alluring bellhop.

A second cover features Jim Carrey dressed up as Evel Knievel, Maya Rudolph doing an ancient Egyptian like Steve Martin in his King Tut days, Will Ferrell as a corny cowboy, and Amy Poehler as a 60s go-go girl. Finally, Kristen Wiig plays Cher to Ben Stiller’s Sonny on a final cover alongside Chris Rock, doing a Nipsey Russell thing, and Jerry Seinfeld, decked out in a Nehru jacket. 

Notably absent: Tina Fey. Maybe we missed her, maybe she's somewhere inside. Like, not to stir up drama or anything guys, but is this a snub?

Apatow, whose latest effort, This is 40, a sequel of sorts to Knocked Up, is undoubtedly the king of comedy right now - that which he hasn't produced, (Girls, Bridesmaids, 40 Year Old Virgin) he's directed, (Knocked Up) or written, (Walk Hard - the Dewey Cox Story, which we loved). But we have to say, because, well, we're a feminist website and we can't really help ourselves, that apart from Girls and Bridesmaids, we're a little less-than-impressed by a lot of his work. This is 40 for example looks a little too much like an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond with better-looking actors.

Also? The idea that women are high-maintenance bitches who will nag you until they have all your money has formed the bedrock of Chris Rock's stand-up for the last twenty odd years. Even Louis CK, (who answers the Proust questionnaire in the issue, bless) has called Rock out for his sexism, labelling his act 'misogynist shit'. And, you know, they're friends. So we can't say we approve of Rock's appearance on the cover either. But hey, that's us, and as Apatow, (who now has two daughters) might say: ladies, huh? you can't please 'em all'.

Below, two of the other covers.

For the full story go to Vanityfair.com

 

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