When Judd Apatow was 12, he was denied an autograph from Steve Martin in front of Martin's house. And the kid was peeved. "Dear Mr. Martin," he promptly wrote in a letter to Martin. "I think you are the funniest man on earth, but you treat your fans like crap. If I didn't buy all your albums and go to all your movies, you wouldn't live in that house. If you don't send me an apology, I am going to send your address to 'Homes of the Stars,' and you will have tour buses passing by 24 hours a day." Six months later, a gift of the book, "Cruel Shoes" arrived at Judd's home. Inside, Martin had written, "Dear Judd, I'm sorry. I didn't realize I was speaking to the Judd Apatow!"
Fast forward to 2012, when Apatow promises in the pages of Vanity Fair to quit telling that story -- if only because the magazine invited him to curate a three-cover special comedy issue featuring Apatow's funniest BFF's. The issue, which hits newsstands this week, features a slew of funny folks, including Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler. Megan Fox, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig and Chris Rock also appear in Mark Seliger's 19-page portfolio spread. (VF)