Judd Apatow Takes Aim at Weinstein, Cosby and Trump at Largo Show
The comedy event also featured Adam Sandler and served as a benefit for the Las Vegas shooting victims.
Judd Apatow did not hold back with his thoughts about Harvey Weinstein and the sexual assault allegations roiling Hollywood at his comedy show Judd & Adam for Vegas on Friday night at Largo in Los Angeles.
He opened the event, which also featured Adam Sandler and served as a benefit for the Las Vegas shooting victims through the National Compassion Fund, by letting the audience know he spent the “whole day on Twitter and writing Harvey Weinstein jokes.”
Apatow joked that he doesn’t understand guys who "masturbate in front of women."
“Isn’t the best thing about masturbating is, no one is there and you don’t have to be worried about anyone judging you?” he joked.
Over 70 women have come forward with harassment and rape claims against Weinstein, who is being investigated by the LAPD, the Beverly Hills Police Department, the NYPD and London police. As the topic of harassment continues to pervade Hollywood, several other actors and media power players have also been accused of alleged sexual misconduct, including Amazon's Roy Price, WME's Adam Venit, James Toback, Brett Ratner, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven and more.
Apatow also didn't pull any punches when it came to other bold-faced names who've been accused of sexual misconduct, such as Bill Cosby and Michael Jackson. He cracked that he didn't understand how Jackson settled with a child who accused him of molestation in 1993 for $25 million if he didn’t do anything wrong.
Pointing to a guy in the front row, Apatow joked, "If you called tomorrow and said, 'Judd Apatow touched my balls,' I’d give you maybe $8,000.”
As for Cosby, who is currently due back in court in April for a retrial on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago, Apatow said he's "not surprised" the comedian hasn't been convicted yet: "There will always be one person on the jury that is such a huge Cosby Show fan. They’re like, 'Yeah, there’s a lot of evidence, but I love that episode with Theo and his earring.’”
He also blasted President Donald Trump for his infamous comments to Billy Bush about grabbing women "by the pussy," which the then-presidential nominee dismissed as "locker room talk." Apatow joked, “The only thing I’m thinking about in the locker room is how to take my underwear off so my shirt is hanging low enough to cover my dick.”
Sandler's set didn't address harassment in Hollywood but had the crowd roaring with songs about pimples, astronauts having sex in space, getting massages, anti-Semites and more. He closed the show on guitar, singing an emotional song about late fellow comedian Chris Farley, who died in 1997.
The event raised $40,000 for the National Compassion Fund.