MONTREAL - Judd Apatow, the man behind such hit films as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up," will be honoured as the Comedy Person of the Year at this summer's Just For Laughs comedy festival.

Apatow will be given the award July 18 at the inaugural Just For Laughs industry conference Just Comedy.

"We are very proud to honour someone who started his career in stand-up and has become one of the most important and dynamic forces in comedy," said Bruce Hills, chief operating officer of Just For Laughs.

"This is the first time we have given out this award and Judd is the ideal choice because he embodies the many talents that have made him one of the most successful comedy filmmakers."

The comedy conference is aimed at creating business opportunities in the comedy industry and provides a forum for networking and face-to-face encounters with decision-makers.

A New York native, Apatow has written numerous screenplays for TV and film and was behind such critically acclaimed shows as "Undeclared" and "Freaks and Geeks." He was also a writer and producer on "The Larry Sanders Show."

Just For Laughs runs this year from July 10 to 20.

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