Judd's grandfather was Bob Shad, a famous music producer and record label owner in the 1940s - 1960s.
Some of his favorite movies are The Last Detail (1973), Harold and Maude (1971), Being There (1979), Terms of Endearment (1983), Broadcast News (1987), Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Tootsie (1982), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Punch-Drunk Love (2002).
His favorite comedy film is Young Frankenstein (1974).
While in high school, he started a radio show on the campus station. The show gave him an excuse to seek out and interview comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling. Several years later, Shandling would hire him to write for "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992).
Stated on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) that he and actor Adam Sandler were roommates during Sandler's stint on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
When he won an award for The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) at the 10th Broadcast Film Critic Awards he stated Garry Shandling taught him how to write.
Brokeback Mountain (2005) is amongst his favorite films.
2007 - Ranked #1 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.