Judd Apatow Teaches Comedy

Get ready to laugh while you learn with our newest MasterClass, Judd Apatow Teaches Comedy.

Judd Apatow has spent his entire life in pursuit of comedy—starting with his first job washing dishes at a local comedy club, just so he could watch the acts. Since then, he has become the producer, director, and writer behind the movies “Knocked Up”, “This is 40”, “Funny People,” and “The 40-Year-Old-Virgin” (co-written with Steve Carell). In addition, Apatow has produced many of Hollywood’s most successful comedic movies and TV shows including “Anchorman,” “Freaks and Geeks,” Oscar-nominated films “Bridesmaids” and “The Big Sick,” HBO’s Emmy Award-winning “Girls,” HBO’s “Crashing,” and Netflix’s “Love.” Judd’s signature comedic tone, which combines gut-busting raunchiness and heartfelt emotion, has left a lasting impression on comedy across stand-up, TV, and film. Apatow returned to his stand-up roots with the 2017 Netflix special, “The Return.”

In his first-ever online class, directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers films, Meet the Parents), Apatow will share lessons on how to create hilarious storylines, write great stand-up, and direct comedies that leave audiences laughing. Apatow’s creative process is rooted in treating comedies like dramas—with well-developed characters and storylines that can stand on their own without humor—and inserting them into hilarious situations. Students will learn his process through case studies and scene deconstructions, and get Apatow’s practical advice on how to pitch ideas and navigate the industry.

His class is currently available for pre-enrollment at www.masterclass.com/ja.

“I have been mentored by many great comedians in my life. If someone out there watches this class and it’s helpful in their development as a comic mind, and they can create something that makes the world a happier place, then I did something that I can be proud of.”—Judd Apatow

“Part of Judd’s genius is figuring out how to take that moment in your life where you wanted to hide, shrivel up, yell, or cry, and transform it into a story that makes you laugh and feel a little better about the world—and then helps you heal. He’s taught a generation of comedians how to do this, and is now teaching all of us.”—David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass.

Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing

We are excited to announce our newest MasterClass, Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing!

Malcolm Gladwell, known for his non-fiction writing that captivates readers, has been a staff writer at The New Yorker for over two decades and has authored five New York Times Bestsellers: “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” “What the Dog Saw,” and “David and Goliath.” Gladwell’s unique style of making unexpected connections across ordinary ideas has compelled millions of readers to devour complex topics like behavioral economics and performance prediction.

In his MasterClass, Gladwell shares the research and writing techniques that have made him a prolific non-fiction writer and master storyteller. Students will learn his approach to finding ideas in unusual places, structuring compelling narratives, and keeping readers engaged through every detail—including the art of the title and the role of semicolons. He also shares career tips for writers amassed over years in the industry—dealing with bad reviews, differentiating yourself as a writer, and identifying your own strengths and weaknesses as a writer.

His class is currently available for pre-enrollment at www.masterclass.com/mg.

“Writing has a higher purpose. It’s part of the way in which we fulfill ourselves as human beings, both in the words that we write and the words that we read. This class is a chance for me to reflect on my career and share the insights I’ve gleaned in a form that my students can use.”—Malcolm Gladwell

“Malcolm isn’t a scientist. He’s a storyteller who has been more effective in popularizing the social sciences than almost anyone else. His mastery is in weaving together facts with dramatic narratives to make any subject not just compelling, but perspective-altering. He’s a masterful writer and storyteller—and simply a brilliant teacher.” —David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder

Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography

Annie Leibovitz’s MasterClass is officially live today! You can now enroll and begin her MasterClass on photography here.

Annie Leibovitz is one of the most influential photographers of our time. In a career spanning over 40 years, she has produced iconic, thought-provoking editorial work for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Vogue as well as creating award-winning advertising campaigns. Her numerous honors include the International Center of Photography Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Society of Magazine Editor’s first Creative Excellence Award, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London. She has been decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Exhibitions of her work have appeared in museums and galleries all over the world.

In Annie’s first-ever online class, students will learn what she looks for, what she sees, how to work with subjects, and how to use light. Annie takes her students on a photoshoot with Chef Alice Waters and then back into her studio to explore creating concepts and digital post production.


“I’m enamored with photography and its latitude—all the different possibilities of how to use photography. I’ll never tire of going out to take photographs. It’s always an adventure.”—Annie Leibovitz

“Annie is a rebel. She teaches you how to break the rules to take stunning photographs. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the latest technology, Annie shows us that what makes a picture stunning isn’t the gear — it’s the story.  If you want to learn how to use f-stops, this isn’t the class for you. If you want to learn how to take photos (no matter how technical you are) that make people cry, smile, laugh or get stopped in their tracks — this is your class. There isn’t another class like it.” —David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass.

Armin van Buuren Teaches Dance Music

We are excited to introduce our newest class, Armin van Buuren Teaches Dance Music.

Armin van Buuren, one of the most influential figures in the global dance scene, has topped the Billboard charts, attracted tens of millions of worldwide listeners to his weekly radioshow “A State of Trance,” and landed a record-setting five No. 1 DJ awards from DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs. The Grammy-nominated artist’s work has spanned major evolutions in dance music, from spinning with vinyl in small clubs to headlining global dance festivals.

In his 20th year as an artist, van Buuren will share insights about what it takes to get established in the competitive and ever-changing business of dance music. Students will get an intimate look into the artist’s creative process as van Buuren creates a track from scratch specifically for his MasterClass. Aspiring producers will learn his pillars for becoming a world-class DJ—production, performance, and promotion. The class dives into the more technical aspects of producing, including mixing, arranging, and building dance-worthy drops.

His class is currently available for pre-enrollment at www.masterclass.com/avb.

“Nowadays, to be a successful artist and DJ, it’s not enough to just know how to spin records. If you want to stand out, you need to make your own records, write music, and make remixes and mashups for your DJ sets. I’m truly excited to share my passion for producing music and DJing in my MasterClass. It’s the first time I get to show you my secrets and tips, and everything I’ve learned in my twenty years in this business.” —Armin van Buuren

“Armin is an international icon of dance music. Despite his musical genius, he has stayed humble, hard-working, earnestly connected to his fans, and has never lost sight of the joy in his work. His passion for teaching is infectious. There really is an art and science to making people dance — it has to do with sculpting sound, mixing, and arranging songs for maximum impact — that’s Armin’s mastery, and he’s certainly one of the best to ever do it,” —David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass

Mr. Puddles—deadmau5’s New Artist Competition Winner

After listening to thousands of submissions, deadmau5 and mau5trap selected Mr. Puddles from Miami, Florida as the grand prize winner of the New Artist Competition!

His winning track—Here to Play—will be featured on the upcoming volume of We Are Friends, dropping December 8th. He will also meet with deadmau5, get career guidance from mau5trap, receive Komplete 11 Ultimate and Kontrol S61 control suites from Native Instruments, and $10,000.

Thanks to all the students who submitted entries for the deadmau5 New Artist competition. And a special congratulations to Mr. Puddles. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Visit www.masterclass.com/dm for more details on deadmau5’s MasterClass on Electronic Music Production.



Meet the deadmau5 New Artist Competition Finalists

Last week, we announced the top 10 semifinalists from the deadmau5 New Artist Competition. Today, we are excited to introduce you to the top three finalists, who are one step closer to seeing their song on a mau5trap album.

We had the opportunity to speak to our three finalists and learn more about their creative process. Check out selections from their written interviews (listed in alphabetical order):

“Silence” by KVIII — British Columbia, Canada

Links: Facebook | SoundCloud | Twitter

What first drew you to producing? I first started producing when I discovered Ableton quite by accident. I had been looking for ways to make sounds for my YouTube videos, and discovered the software. After that, I downloaded a demo and never looked back!

What have you learned from deadmau5’s MasterClass? Joel’s techniques for getting started on a track have been invaluable. From building a kit of loops/sounds to his advice about how to turn off the judgemental part of yourself while creating, it has improved my workflow immensely.


“Here to Play” by Mr. Puddles — Miami, Florida

Links: Instagram | SoundCloud

What first drew you to producing? Producing was a very organic progression from playing with pianos and computers to goofing around in Garageband, experimenting in Logic and eventually really getting into Ableton.

What inspired the track that you submitted? Mischief, mountains and a bit of madness….and a very special shout out to the Beatlab community in Los Angeles for their inspiration and support


“Haunt Me” by Okoren — Denver, Colorado

Links: Instagram | SoundCloud | Spotify

What first drew you to producing? Producing is the hardest, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. When I started out, it was overwhelming but so exciting to realize that the tools were right there and I just needed to learn them. I see why astronauts/space are related to electronic music in some way because producers are always discovering new frontiers in the space between our headphones, and that excites me!

What have you learned from deadmau5’s MasterClass? This class has changed my life. For almost 3 years I have been nearly homeless, living with siblings or my parents to desperately grow and understand how to make the music I dream of. I have been hungry to get real instruction on how to make compelling tracks. Being around Joel [deadmau5] in this MasterClass somehow bridged the gap in my brain between dreaming and creating… it helps that Joel’s attitude towards making music resonates deeply with what I believe, and who I am.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the deadmau5 New Artist Competition and congratulations to our three finalists!

Visit www.masterclass.com/dm for more details on deadmau5’s MasterClass on Electronic Music Production.

Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism

Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of 18 national nonfiction bestsellers, will teach his first-ever online class on Investigative Journalism. 

As a global spotlight has surfaced on trust in news and truth in reporting, there has never been a more important time to examine the fundamentals of reporting, the role of journalism, and the critical checks and balances it provides. In his MasterClass, Woodward, one of the greatest reporters of all time, will teach the lessons he’s learned during his 45-year career and the impact journalism can have. 

Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971, and an adjunct professor at Yale where he teaches a journalism seminar in the Spring term. He earned two of the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1973 for uncovering the  Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and the second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored 18 books, and twelve of them have been #1 national bestsellers.  All the President’s Men – Woodward’s first book, coauthored with Carl Bernstein – was a 1976 movie with Robert Redford starring as Woodward.

In his MasterClass, Woodward will tap into his personal experiences to teach students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it. In the process, he’ll teach students how to be more engaged citizens, journalists, and writers. His lessons will focus on how to interact and interview, along with strategies and techniques for building confidence and trust. Through case studies, he will show how he has built trust with people at all levels, including presidents, CIA directors, intelligence operatives, FBI officials, senior and lower-level national security officials, top White House advisers, prosecutors, Supreme Court justices and their clerks, business leaders and members of the House and Senate and their aides. He will use transcripts of interviews he conducted with both Trump and Obama to demonstrate the power of listening and aggressive, patient, all-source inquiry.

“Everyone is a journalist. Every person is a gatherer of facts –  testing and verifying them, assessing their quality and rendering judgements on truth and meaning, then communicating them to others. This is not just the life of reporters and writers but of everyone – scientists, business people, laborers, lawyers, public officials, consumers, and parents. It is the community in which we all live and fundamental to the checks and balances in society… Everyone is a secret sharer in the First Amendment…this is the final exam for democracy.” — Bob Woodward

“Bob Woodward is the best investigative journalist of our time. He helped uncover stories that changed our country’s history, forever,” said David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder. “He’s brilliant, fair, aggressively non-partisan, and an amazing storyteller. There has never been a more important time for us to learn how to uncover the truth and a build a case — to learn from his mastery.” 

deadmau5 New Artist Competition Semifinalists

We could hear the countless hours, late nights, and effort that went into your tracks, which impressed deadmau5, mau5trap and us beyond belief. After a lot of listening and a lot of anticipation in the community, we’re ready to announce our semifinalists for the deadmau5 New Artist Competition.

To listen to the semifinalists’ tracks, check out our SoundCloud playlist below.

Visit www.masterclass.com/dm for more details on deadmau5’s MasterClass on Electronic Music Production.

Thank you to everyone who submitted. You made incredible music. After some difficult decisions, deadmau5 and mau5trap selected the top songs based on their originality, quality, and fit with the mau5trap label.

Each of these semifinalists will receive $1,000 and a Komplete 11 Select production suite from Native Instruments. Next week the top three will be selected to move on to the final round, where they will receive an additional $2,500, along with a Komplete 11 production suite from Native Instruments. The final winner will have the chance to be on a mau5trap album, get career guidance from mau5trap as well as a meeting with deadmau5, and receive Komplete 11 Ultimate and Kontrol S61 production suites from Native Instruments.


Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting

Meet your new acting coach: Academy Award Nominee, Samuel L. Jackson.

Jackson broke out as a critically-acclaimed actor when the Cannes Film Festival awarded the “Best Supporting Actor” award to honor his performance in 1991’s Jungle Fever. Soon after, he was contacted by director Quentin Tarantino for perhaps his most legendary role: Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction. Since then, Jackson starred in another five Tarantino films and has left his indelible mark on Hollywood with roles in films such as Shaft, A Time to Kill, Unbreakable, Die Hard: With A Vengeance, and The Avengers. His colorful and truly iconic 45-year film roster has established him as one of this generation’s most distinguished actors.

In his MasterClass, Samuel L. Jackson will share lessons from his experience playing 100+ characters in some of the biggest franchises in history. Students will learn how to break down a script, leverage their voice, embody their characters, improve their auditioning skills, and collaborate within the industry. Jackson will break down his unique process to deliver an acting class that is unlike any other.

His class is currently available for pre-enrollment at www.masterclass.com/slj .

“In my MasterClass, I hope students learn that there’s no limit to what they can make-believe. By the end, they’ll be able to walk into a room, present their best self, and be happy with the result.” –Samuel L. Jackson

“As one of the most successful actors of all time, Samuel L. Jackson has a tremendous amount to teach not only about the craft of acting, but also the practical side of building your acting career.” –David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder