Jonah Hill (Actor & Writer)
Hill, I will regard as the last of these kings, began writing and performing his own plays while was still in college, in New York. Through his plays, he got to meet Dustin Hoffman, who later got him his first movie role in I Heart Huckabees (2004). He later starred in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin (2005), where he played a minor role, this was followed by a larger supporting role in Apatow’s next feature, Knocked Up. Hill, 25, lead role eventually in Superbad (2005), he has also starred in Evan Almighty, Horton Hears a Who!, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Recently he has starred in Night at the Museum; Battle of the Smithsonian, Funny People and the newly released The Invention of Lying.
Hill is currently writing two screenplays, both of which are scheduled to be produced by Apatow. First is ‘The Middle Child’, which he would also star in, with Seth Rogen rumoured to play his older brother; and Pure Imagination, which is about a comedy about a man who develops an imaginary friend after a traumatic experience. He is also filming ‘Get Him to the Greek’ with Russell Brand and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, which is a spin-off from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
These set of actors, writers and director have already captured Hollywood by surprise, and they have brought in new ways of making comedies like penis related jokes to the rise of the Bromance. Now that they’ve set the pace of comedies, by casting veterans such as Adam Sandler & Will Ferrell, they have also helped with the rise of new sets of actors like Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and recently Year One).
One thing these new crop of comedians can assure you is a REALLY funny movie.