Friday's intriguing people
Judd Apatow is challenging Twitter followers to come up with better jokes than Ricky Gervais.
January 21st, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Judd Apatow

Call it a gesture from one funnyman to another - whether you think he's taking a jab at him or not.  Apatow, the host of January 22′s Producers Guild of America Awards, seems to be piggybacking off the controversy of Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes hosting gig by calling out to his Twitter followers.

"If anyone has any jokes that they think are better than Ricky Gervais’ post here and I will read the winners and say your name at PGA Awards," he tweeted.

Apatow, who is known as the current king of comedic movies - his hits include "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Anchorman," "Superbad" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" - knows he's fanning the flames of the debate and admits it won't be a great moment for his followers, since the PGA awards aren't televised.

Apatow appeared to be amused at some of Gervais' work ... but not at all of it.

"I thought Joan Rivers did a wonderful job hosting the Golden Globes tonight," one tweet said.

“Some excellent. Many insane. Most hateful of celebrities. Hard to be funny and not vicious," another said.

So, think you're funnier than Ricky Gervais or Judd Apatow? Have at it. Tweet him at @JuddApatow.

Kim Tennant

With her husband on active duty in Korea, Kim Tennant wanted to do something to make sure he wouldn't miss the birth of their baby.

Enter Skype.

Tennant told Hudson Valley's YNN that she asked the hospital whether it might be able to accommodate her by letting her have a laptop near her head so her husband could be with her - even if he couldn't be there physically.

"It was a little awkward having a laptop right next to you, but you know, for the fact that we was able to be a part of it and to experience it and to see his son being born was really wonderful," Tennant said.

Tennant told YNN the hospital said they had never had such a request, but it was one the family said they would cherish.

"I was surprised that it actually worked out," PC specialist Thomas Coleman told YNN. "She was really happy."

The moment was even more special because Tennant's husband just began an assignment without any internet access. He won't get to see his son until he returns in April.

"I feel like the whole world's going to meet his son before (he gets) that experience," the new mom said.

Nathan Harrington

We've all heard stories from the sports world of people who overcame adversity to emerge as champions. This is one of those, but it's a little different.

Harrington, 33, of Salem, Massachusetts, took the crown in ESPN's season-long fantasy football challenge, beating out 3 million competitors.

He doesn't have a computer.

He can't work because of back surgery and nerve damage, and he and his family had to move out of their apartment when the building was condemned, ESPN's Rick Reilly wrote.

To keep tabs on his players and make the 26 transactions that gave his team the best statistics in the competition, Harrington borrowed computer time in neighbors' rooms, his mother's house, public libraries and even the nursing home where his father lives, the Salem News reported.

"My fantasy football was the one thing that kind of seemed to be going right at the time," Harrington told the News. "There was a lot to be upset about, but the one thing that was steady and heading in a positive direction was the fantasy football. So I thought I might as well stick with it and ride it out. Thank God I did."

For his trouble, ESPN awarded Harrington a $3,500 gift card - which, according to the News, he sold to his mother for $2,500.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Tony

    At least he did not tweet the baby 😉

    January 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LES2251

    Anything for our troops! This is special. Having a son in Afghanistan, I know it meant alot to this Dad!

    January 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Heather

    I had to skype with my husband for our son, awkward but amazing experience. It was so good to have him there even when he wasnt. Technology is a life-saver.!!

    January 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Yes Heather, it is. Technology is headed toward 3D w/o glasses. Your jr is gonna love that. GO JETS! GO BEARS!

    January 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |

    My pick? That's easy. Ronald McDonald.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. waldo

    ***Ronald McDonald is a nice clown I like him.

    January 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |