This originally appeared on The Lab NYC

Tom Shadyac became one of Hollywood’s biggest hitmakers, having directed some of our generation’s biggest blockbuster comedies. As the youngest writer to work for comedy legend Bob Hope, Tom Shadyac’s writing/directing career was launched in 1994 with the Jim Carrey smash hit Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. In the years that followed, Shadyac would establish himself as one of the most prolific comedy directors in Hollywood while working with some of the biggest names in the business. Huge hits such as Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams, Accepted , and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, have helped establish Shadyac as one of Hollywood’s most successful writer/director/producers. A Virginia native, Shadyac has received four people’s choice awards, including three for best comedy (Liar, Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty) and one for best new Television Comedy, with 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. With Patch Adams, Shadyac earned his first Golden Globe nomination, also for best comedy. With his new projects, a documentary entitled I AM and the accompanying book titled “Life’s Operating Manual”, Shadyac asks some of today’s most profound thinkers, two questions – What’s wrong with our world, and what can we do about it?

Here “The King Of Kamelot” chats #InTheLab via Spreecast with one of Hollywood’s great comedy hitmakers Tom Shadyac about his spiritual awakening, the near death accident that helped him change his life for the more humble, walking away from mainstream Hollywood to search for answers, giving away much of his money and his 17,000 sq. foot house to move into a 1,000 sq. ft trailer, and so much more!

Here are some of Tom Shadyac’s recent TV appearances right before chatting with me #InTheLab:

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