101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far)

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg started writing Superbad when they were still living it—as 13-year-old 12th graders at Pointy Grey Secondary School in Vancouver, Canada in the ‘90s. Years later, under the tutelage of comedy-Yoda Judd Apatow, Rogen learned how to make their script actually work. Rogen told the WGAW website how Apatow explained his philosophy for writing a story, which was to start first, “from an emotional thing that you’ve experienced, not even worrying about if it’s funny, and building the whole story on that.”