If you haven’t noticed, most of the characters in Judd Apatow movies are nerdy white guys. Some of them are your classic D&D nerds, while others are nerdy about weed or comedy. Regardless of what their nerd qualifications are, they’re all dorks. When you look all of the Judd Apatow characters in a row, you don’t just see a mixed bag of Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill staring back at you, but a mélange of various interests that, when obsessed over in the way that the characters from Apatow’s films themselves would, can make someone extremely nerdy. It doesn’t matter if the characters are massive sports fans or potheads, their singular focus is what lifts them up to the rarified air of dork status. Your task, should you accept it, is to rank all of Judd Apatow’s nerdy white guys.
It’s obvious even from Apatow’s earliest endeavors that he has a soft spot for nerds. This fact is most evident when you watch Freaks and Geeks. But even in his most recent Netflix series, Love, he takes great pains to paint the lovable nerds that pepper the show in fine brush strokes, showing the viewer that no nerd is exactly the same. Do you have a favorite nerd from Judd Apatow’s stable of loveable losers? If you’re not sure, reconnect with all of the nerdy sweethearts on this list of every nerdy white guy in a Judd Apatow movie.Vote up the nerdiest of Apatow’s nerdy white guys, then leave a comment about why the characters on this list are actually cool and not nerdy at all!
Movie: This Is 40Not only does Pete own a record label, but he's obsessed with Graham Parker, which is basically like music nerdom to the nth degree.
Nerd Street Cred: He owns a record label.
Movie: SuperbadNo one should ever give themselves a nickname, no matter how cool they think it sounds.
Nerd Street Cred: He gave himself a nickname.
TV Show: Freaks and GeeksHe's not great, but if you need a drummer with a 25 piece kit, Nick is your man.
Nerd Street Cred: This dude LOVES playing drums.
Movie: The 40-Year-Old VirginAside from working at an electronics store, Andy's life basically revolves around reading comics and watching Survivor with an elderly couple in his apartment complex. So you know, normal stuff.
Nerd Street Cred: His huge action figure and comic book collection.
TV Show: Freaks and GeeksBill goes so far as to prank call his gym teacher/mom's boyfriend to try to get himself picked somewhere closer to the middle in gym.
Nerd Street Cred: Consistently picked last in gym.
Movie: SuperbadAnyone who has multiple posters for The Goon in their bedroom is either super cool or super nerdy.
Nerd Street Cred: He reads The Goon.
TV Show: Freaks and GeeksNeal will take any chance he gets to work on his creepy ventriloquism act, even his parent's dinner party.
Nerd Street Cred: He wants to be a ventriloquist.
Movie: TrainwreckHe loves getting lunch with LeBron James and talking about his love life. Also, he performs surgery to "Uptown Girl."
Nerd Street Cred: He's a sports doctor.
TV Show: Freaks and GeeksHe can quote the best Steve Martin movie at the drop of a hat and he even broke up with a girl over her dislike of the movie.
Nerd Street Cred: His favorite movie is The Jerk.
Movie: SuperbadThere's not a man alive who can draw a more interesting wiener.
Nerd Street Cred: He's obsessed with drawing penises.
Movie: Forgetting Sarah MarshallAnd not just any puppet show, a puppet show about Dracula called A Taste of Love.
Nerd Street Cred: He wrote a puppet show.
TV Show: UndeclaredNesbitt isn't just your basic college nerd, he's a college nerd who's considered the best worker in the cafeteria.
Nerd Street Cred: Nesbitt is just a straight up dork from Iowa.
TV Show: The CriticIf you need an opinion on a movie Jay's the guy you want to ask, unless you're worried that it stinks.
Nerd Street Cred: He knows everything there is to know about film.
TV Show: UndeclaredSteven starts out Undeclared as your standard college dork, but when his dad shows up and outcools him, Steven is cemented as a real dork.
Nerd Street Cred: Steven looOOooOoOooOOoOOoves The X-Files.
TV Show: UndeclaredIf you ever need anything copied, Eric's your guy. Just don't hurt his feelings.
Nerd Street Cred: He makes his girlfriend a pillow case with his face on it that says "Dreaming of You..."
TV Show: UndeclaredWhen Sandler plays a concert at his university, Ron can barely speak even though the comedian hangs out in is dorm room.
Nerd Street Cred: Ron is a HUGE Adam Sandler fan.
Movie: Get Him to the GreekHis depth of music knowledge goes beyond that of any normal fan, which is why he's tasked with trying to get his favorite singer to Los Angeles.
Nerd Street Cred: He's an Aldous Snow super fan.
TV Show: LoveNot only did he find at least 10 different rhymes for Carlito's Way, but he'll play the bass anywhere, anytime.
Nerd Street Cred: He plays bass in a band that writes theme songs for movies that don't have theme songs.
Movie: Pineapple ExpressHe may seem like a lackadaisical stoner, but he's basically a card catalog of information about marijuana.
Nerd Street Cred: He's a weed know it all.
Movie: Knocked UpSpecifically, Stone is a fan of celebrity porn and he's working on a site dedicated to his passion. That is, when he's not smoking ALL the weed.
Nerd Street Cred: He lOOooOoOoOOoOoOoOves porn.
Movie: Funny PeopleIra spends his nights hanging out at open mics and dissecting jokes, it doesn't get much nerdier than that.
Nerd Street Cred: He's a comedy nerd.
Movie: Boston PrideHe's such a fan of Boston basketball that he almost goes to prison to help them win the playoffs.
Nerd Street Cred: Mike is so obsessed with the Celtics that his wife divorces him.