Writer, director and producer Judd Apatow is best known as the man behind TV shows like “Freaks and Geeks,” “Girls,” and “The Larry Sanders Show” and movies like “Anchorman” and “Knocked Up.” But before all that, it was just a man, a mic and an audience.

After years behind the scenes, Apatow is returning to where it all began, performing standup shows across the country, including two appearances at the Wilbur Theatre on July 24. The proceeds will go to support the Greater Boston After School Arts Fund.

Apatow joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on “Boston Public Radio” to chat about returning to the stage, politics in comedy, and his latest movie, “The Big Sick.”

To hear Apatow’s full interview with Boston Public Radio, click on the audio player above.