Why is Megan Fox featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s ‘Comedy Issue’?!

The January issue of Vanity Fair is a theme issue, and thankfully, the cover isn’t featuring some dead celebrity or politician. The covers – there are three in all – feature current comedians and comedic actors dressed up as (some) dead celebrities. HUZZAH. Vanity Fair’s Comedy Issue was guest-edited by Judd Apatow, the writer-director-super-producer of such films as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and the soon-to-be-released This is 40. Meaning that one of the covers is devoted to the stars of This is 40, which is how Megan Fox landed her first Vanity Fair cover (she’s in This is 40). Yes, one of these things is not like the others. You can read Judd’s “Note from the Guest Editor” here, and here are some highlights from the issue:

In Vanity Fair’s first-ever comedy issue, writer, director, and producer Judd Apatow convened his most talented friends and idols to contribute, write, and pose for a 19-page Mark Seliger portfolio—as well as act incredibly dignified and businesslike in costume for three different covers. Included are the stars of Apatow’s This Is 40, dressed as famous figures of 60s- and 70s-era variety shows like Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, with Leslie Mann in a bikini and body paint à la Goldie Hawn and Melissa McCarthy dressed as Lily Tomlin’s Edith Ann; Paul Rudd plays your oily show host, and Megan Fox is an alluring bellhop.

A second cover features Jim Carrey dressed up as Evel Knievel, Maya Rudolph doing an ancient Egyptian like Steve Martin in his King Tut days, Will Ferrell as a corny cowboy, and Amy Poehler as a 60s go-go girl. Finally, Kristen Wiig plays Cher to Ben Stiller’s Sonny on a final cover alongside Chris Rock, doing a Nipsey Russell thing, and Jerry Seinfeld, decked out in a Nehru jacket.

Apatow is only the third guest editor—after Bono, who guest-edited the Africa issue in July 2007, and Tom Ford, who guest-edited the Hollywood Portfolio in March 2006—since Graydon Carter became editor of the magazine 20 years ago. Says Carter in his editor’s letter this month, “It can reasonably be said that the comedy industry is booming these days, in movies, on television, and onstage. And who better to oversee an entire issue on the subject than one of the great impresarios of the business? . . . Judd was a terrific collaborator, brimming with suggestions and infectious energy—precisely the sort of high-wattage, Hollywood-style enthusiasm that can alternately excite you and drive you a bit crazy.”

Conan O’Brien, Lena Dunham, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner are just some of the legends past, present, and future that Apatow corralled for the Comedy Portfolio. Louis C.K. answers the Proust Questionnaire, and Jimmy Fallon stars in our Out to Lunch column.

[From Vanity Fair]

I can’t wait to read Louis CK’s Proust Questionnaire. You know that’s going to be good. And I am a big Steve Martin fan too (although I’d be willing to be he’s a bastard in real life). So… this will probably be a good issue. I think it was also a good choice by Judd to include so many funny women on the covers – but seriously, Megan Fox?

Covers courtesy of Vanity Fair.

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  1. Erinn says:

    I like that it LOOKS like she’s raised an eyebrow at first… but if you look closer it’s just that she’s got her head tilted slightly.

    Her face looks frozen. I ACTUALLY think KimK looks better… did she get some post baby tweaking?

  2. Izzy says:

    It might have something to do with the fact that you want to laugh at her lack of acting talent every time she is onscreen.

  3. orange says:

    It’s a joke on the readers of Vanity Fair…one of these things is not like the other! And of course she’s posing with her mouth open, wide eyed, in a “sexy” way. What a one trick pony, yes Megan we get it, you’re “sexy” and I’m sure everyone is really turned on and not at all bored.

  4. XOGAMI says:

    Maybe because she had so much surgery done and hopes we won’t notice which is so funny!

  5. lola says:

    megan was so gorgeous in the beginning and now she looks like a middle aged RHOBH. Stay away from fillers and botox, kids!

  6. jinni says:

    Why do all the women comedians appear to be doing some form of sexy posing/clothing (except for Melissa) while guys are posed and dressed to look funny?

    • Mew says:

      Exactly. Why indeed? Would acting like being ridiculous make women less sexy and somehow actually ridiculous? Hardly.

      And on the side note, Will Ferrel looks in the last pic just like Ron Perlman.

      • Esmom says:

        Another side note, I think Jerry Seinfeld looks like Sasha Baron Cohen.

      • jinni says:

        It sucks. It seems as if whatever you do as a woman you must also do it sexily (ex.motherhood, any profession etc). You can’t just be anything without also being sexy (intelligent, strong, etc.)

        It’s not that I have a problem with women wanting to be sexy in their everyday lives if that’s what they want, it’s just that the kind of sexy we’re told to be/considered acceptable by society is very narrow-minded and doesn’t really allow or take into consideration what women as individuals consider sexy for themselves or if a woman doesn’t in anyway want to present herself as sexy at all.

      • Samigirl says:

        Esmom, I was thinking he looked like Walowitz from Big Bang. Simon something? I know that’s kind of racist on my part, but I really do think they look JUST alike!

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        Thank you! I had exactly the same thought. Couldn’t we mix it up a little and have one or two who are not in a sexy dress with a sexy pose? All the guys are completely covered…

      • Skipper says:

        @jenni I agree. It sucks but on the other hand, women are better looking. I wouldn’t want to see any of those men in less than a full suit except maybe Paul Rudd. I do think they went out of their way to desexualize Melissa though which is demeaning in a way.

    • Sarah says:

      And why is Melissa the one who is hidden behind everyone else?

      • jinni says:

        I was wondering that too, because you would think an actual comedienne would be in the foreground instead of an actress (Megan) that’s not known for being funny. I know she in the movie, but for an issue supposedly about comedy you’d think she would be one of the main focus, especially when Melissa was in a comedic smash hit like Bridesmaids.

      • Kim says:

        Carnie Wilson says they used to hide her behind the other women in Wilson Philips

    • lucy2 says:

      Isn’t that sad? Most of them women on that cover are smart, accomplished comedy actors AND writers. And they get bikinis and miniskirts while the guys get full suits. Ugh.

    • megs283 says:

      I have a BIG problem with this. Melissa is beautiful but they made her unrecognizable.

      I felt the same way about her Good Housekeeping cover and the inside photos. I believe all of them were “goofy” – with her making a face. The editor was even feeding her on the letter from the editor page.

      Hollywood needs to realize that what they’re doing is insulting…

      • jinni says:

        The sad thing is that people in Hollywood are probably patting themselves on the back and think that they are so opened minded for actually allowing someone that looks like Melissa to even be on the cover of magazines at all and are completely unaware of how insulting it is to treat her the way they are treating her.

  7. Lindsey says:

    12 actors, 11 comedians/comedic actors and that chick from Transformers. Which one of these things is not like the other???

  8. bea says:

    Chris Rock! Love him.

    I’m sure MF is going to try to be to be funny since she was replaced by Rosie whatever’therestis as the super hot chick . I hope it works bc she gotta feed her
    Kid and that loser she married.

  9. V4Real says:

    Why is Megan Fox featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s ‘Comedy Issue’?

    Because her career’s a joke.

  10. KellyinSeattle says:

    She’s about as funny as spoiled fish. Why is she on the cover of ANYTHING?
    Speaking of comedy, why isn’t Tina Fey on the cover?
    As long as I’m ranting, raise your hand if you hate the show, “2 Broke Girls”…stupidly childish (sorry, if you watch it).

    • Marmy says:

      Hand raised.

    • LeslieM says:

      Yes! I hate that show! It’s crass and not funny at all. In one episode the dark hair character said she used to solve her problems with booze and a needle in her arm. There was a big laugh track, but it was just not funny. Tim Allen’s got a comedy now that is current but okay to watch with your kids IMO.

  11. lem says:

    when did jerry seinfeld morph into adam sandler? seriously i had to read the cover to figure out which one it was.

  12. Marianne says:

    Megan Fox is in This is 40. Thats why.

  13. Joy says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Kristen Wiig looks gorgeous here?

  14. andy says:

    We know why Leslie Mann is on the cover.

  15. Adrien says:

    Ans.:”This is 40″ (Guest edited by Judd Apatow).

  16. La Calabaza says:

    Truly I don’t get all the hate towards Megan. It’s shame she messed up her beautiful face but she seems a nice girl. I would take her anyday over Kristen Stewart and her pissed off attitude, for example.

  17. bns says:

    Megan is such a terrible actress. She’s not even convincing in the photo. Sad.

  18. Rhea says:

    I like this cover. The photo shoot seems like fun.

  19. Lou says:

    Leslie mann is really hot, but a twopiece on a major magazine cover- cant she say no to that? Or was it her husband and his ego that encouraged that?! Whevs, Amy poehlers is my favourite cover cos she is my QUEEN.

  20. D says:

    It’s quite simple: Melissa McCarthy is not “Hollywood hot”. Therefore, her presence on a magazine cover is apparently so disturbing that it must be cancelled out by not one, but two, sexily-dressed, thin, conventionally hot women.

    But…that’s still not quite enough. So to avoid further offending readers by forcing them to look upon the horrifying spectacle that is a non-thin comedic actress, Melissa must be literally shoved so far behind all the other people on the cover that she looks more like a random photobomber than a part of the photoshoot.

  21. LeslieM says:

    Megan Fox is a terrible actress and just plain trashy. I can’t imagine her in a comedy. Doubt she could pull it of.

  22. bar world land says:

    Because her face is funny?

  23. Nev says:

    Maya Rudolph is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Mouse says:

    If they wanted to reach out to the female demographic, they should have put plastic Megan in the background and Melissa the true comedian up front. To be a good comedian, you need a certain level of intelligence and self awareness, both obviously lacking in this person whose expression never changes. Can’t stand her (Megan’s) nasty dumbass attitude, but I’m loving those Mary Janes. And love love LOVE Paul!

  25. Alexis says:

    No women of color on their past photo compilations, but Megan Fox as a cover featured comedian? Come on.

  26. Chicagogurl17 says:

    Where’s Mindy? Also, Stewart and Colbert better be represented inside the cover.

  27. Amy says:

    Why is she on the cover? Because Judd Apatow has finally tired of trying to make his wife and daughters “happen,” so he’s moved on to Megan Fox.

    • Marmy says:

      His daughter Maude is going to happen, she’s 100% awesome. I think his wife is kind of one-note, plus she reminds me of someone I know personally and don’t like.

  28. lucy2 says:

    Mew, you’re right, Will does look like Ron Perlman! Weird.

    Speaking of weird…what the heck happened to Jerry Seinfeld’s head? He looks freakish, but I don’t mind so much – loved his show, don’t like him.

    Other than that, and the ridiculous inclusion of Megan Fox, I like most of the people they have on there.

  29. phlyfiremama says:

    Because her career is one big joke?!

  30. Stubbylove says:

    OMG I am LOVING these covers – except for Megan Fox – she has no right being there!

  31. Michele says:

    I didn’t know Megan Fox was in This Is 40. I wish she would stop ruining her face with botox and fillers. She was such a beautiful, fresh-faced girl in The Transformer movies. Now her face looks like it’s made of wax and plastic.

    • jinni says:

      I think it might be too late to save her face and from here on out she’ll have to constantly maintain the surgeries, so that it won’t completely fall apart. I was on Lainey’s site and saw some recent pics of her and if some told me that it was the blow up doll from Lars and the Real Girl, I would have believed them because that’s how far from naturally human she looked in those pictures. It’s really sad because she was pretty since her Hope and Faith days.

  32. bcgirl says:

    Thank GOD Handler is no where to be seen.

  33. db says:

    WHERE IS TINA FEY??????????????????????

  34. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    I was shocked when I saw Megan’s face. She has reached a new low with her fillers and surgery.

  35. Susan says:

    Is she trying to act surprised? I’m confused.

  36. judyjudy says:

    I can’t stand Will Ferrell. I don’t think he’s funny AT ALL. He’s just a big, dopey looking bully. Seriously, all his comedy revolves around bully/victim scenarios. And shouting isn’t funny, either.

    Kristen Wiig FTW on these covers. Gorgeous.

  37. TheOneAndOnly says:

    Agree kellyinseattle Remember when she was all over the media during T 2 summer of 2009; Hosted the opening season of SNL and bombed big time; couldn’t sing, act, dance, tell jokes or even read off cue cards.
    People despise her (not “hate” that’s juvenile), because she thought she was the bomb, but she was just another talentless uneducated hollywood t and a,
    and her career is done. Before her pr team cleaned her up she came off as vapid and ungrateful, and that’s not liked if you have no talent. just sayin

  38. silver says:

    I like how they used the red & white manicure tips to make Megan Fox’s stub thumbs look more normal, then photoshopped them on top of that. she’s so perfect & beautiful everywhere else, it’s refreshing to know she has flaws too.


  39. LeslieM says:

    When my boys fell in love with Megan Fox in the Transformer’s movies all I could think was-Please God, don’t let them fall in love with a girl like that. She is trashy and her eyes are dead and soulless.

  40. Shelly says:

    Eh, I somehow like Megan. I think she’s funny, although it may be unintentional. I may be the only person who liked Jennifer’s Body. I thought it was hysterical and campy.

  41. Annie says:

    Bofox looks so random and out of place.

  42. natalina says:

    kristen wigg looks awesome. yeah meg fox totally doesnt belong there

  43. Alana Fajina says:

    This post just goes to show there is no pleasing everyone all the time. I think they all look great here and I’m sure they had a blast on set. Kristen looks HAWWWWT, I srsly thought Jerry was Sascha Baron Cohen for a min [LOL!!]
    btw, I really do hope Megan is funny and it comes across in this movie. I’m gunnin for her. She can’t be all that bad..

  44. HotPockets says:

    You know, I don’t hate Megan Fox as an actress. I thought she was good in Jennifer’s Body and I actually liked the movie. I think people thought it was a horror movie, but it is actually more of a dark comedy, like Heather’s.

    To answer your question, probably because magazines sell well when she is on the cover, hence why so many put her face on them. Did she go over board with everything? yes, but she is still relevant in her own right.

    • Tasha says:

      Megan Fox dose not sell magazines nor dose she sell movies, so your going to have to come with something else.

      • HotPockets says:

        I never said she sold movies, she doesn’t. I said I liked her in Jennifer’s Body, huge difference. I said she sold magazine covers.

  45. Janet says:

    Maybe because she’s a joke?

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Because her husband bought her a role in his new series, which is supposedly a comedy.

  46. katie says:

    doesnt she do little theater rolls with comedy? she did something like that in the last few years. apparently she’s kind of funny, or trying to be in more comedy

  47. Amy625 says:

    The headline doesn’t make sense to me. The cast of the movie is on the cover. Megan is part of the cast. So why shouldn’t she be there? Also she has name value. Although she’s definately not as popular now as she was just a couple of years ago. It’s funny how popularity changes so quickly.

  48. Bodhi says:

    Why the hell do you think that Steve Martin is a bastard in real life? Have you ever actually seen or read any of his interviews? He is extremely talented & not just for his comedy & the only reason that I can come up with that might give that idea was his appearance at the 92nd St Y, which was massively misconstrued.


  49. Travis says:

    This world is becoming more & more sexist.
    The fact that women were included at all is shocking…

  50. kim says:

    one. ONE black comedian. you’ve got to be kidding. oh, wait.