Mike Judge has propelled himself into pop-culture history as a filmmaker, television showrunner, voice actor, and producer. Since developing the animated cult comedy series Beavis and Butthead for MTV at the age of 30, Judge has gone on to direct several engaging features including Office Space and Idiocracy. His latest project, Extract, which he wrote, directed and performed in, is a workplace comedy focused on a crabby factory owner’s inevitable mid-life boredom and sudden need for new companionship with a beautiful con artist. The work plays on the themes that so define the filmmaker’s oeuvre: ethics and values in rural America, humor in the mundane and droll, middle-class struggles to ascend the social ladder. Judge, who continues to oversee, produce, and perform in the critically adored series King of the Hill, discusses his approach to making successful films without sacrificing the sharp, satirical pitch for which his work is known.