Vanity Fair Rings in the New Year with First-Ever Comedy Issue

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Vanity Fair's ringing in the new year with three covers worth of epic comedy, all guest edited by writer, director, and producer Judd Apatow.

This is the first time the magazine has devoted an entire issue to comedy, and they pulled out all the stops with three 60s' and 70s' inspired covers featuring stars from Apatow's This is 40.

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The first cover features Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd, and Megan Fox (we're scratching our heads at the last one).

The second cover stars Jim Carrey, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Will Ferrell; and the third cover is graced by Kristen Wiig, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld.

"It can reasonably be said that the comedy industry is booming these days, in movies, on television, and onstage," Vanity Fair's EIC, Graydon Carter said. "And who better to oversee an entire issue on the subject than one of the great impresarios of the business? . . . Judd was a terrific collaborator, brimming with suggestions, and infectious energy—precisely the sort of high-wattage, Hollywood-style enthusiasm that can alternately excite you and drive you a bit crazy."

The editorial includes a 19-page spread photographed by Mark Seliger and stars other comedic figures (and Apatow favorites) including Steve Martin, Lena Dunham, Zach Galifianakis, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Mel Brooks, and more.