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Stars come out for a good cause at Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity

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Seth Rogen might be prepping to host the upcoming Spirit Awards and direct his first film, “The Apocalypse,” but he put both those projects on hold Friday for a cause close to his heart. The “Green Hornet” star has been working hard with his wife Lauren Miller over the past few months to put on their first charity benefit. Called Hilarity for Charity, the event was created to raise money to promote Alzheimer’s awareness in the younger generation.

It’s a cause both Rogen and Miller care passionately about, as Miller’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 55. They enlisted the help of some of their friends to bring together a fun night of comedy and music, and kicked off the first annual Hilarity for Charity event at Vibiana in Los Angeles on January 13.

“It’s been a long time in the making and it’s exciting to do it, to see how it all turns out. I’ve actually hosted [charity events] before but this our first time putting one on ourselves,” Rogen told IFC on the green carpet before the benefit kicked off. “Definitely it was a lot of work, but we did it, and I think it’s going to be really fun. It seems like it’s going to be really fun.”

Everyone from Paul Rudd and Judd Apatow to DJ Pauly D and Bryan Cranston showed up to participate. Musical guests including Bruno Mars, Tenacious D and Wavves took part in the night, while Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, Brian Posehn and Ty Burell all shared their particular brands of comedy.

“Everyone just was like, who would it be cool to hear? And people just kind of randomly threw out ideas and it gives you a very eclectic night, but to me that’s cool,” Rogen said. Miller added, “We called in every favor we could.”

Many of those in attendance have experienced the affects of Alzheimer’s personally. “Jersey Shore” star Pauly D was there to DJ the night, but also said that this was a cause that he thinks it’s important more people are aware of.

“It feels good to be able to do something like this, to do what I love to do for a good cause,” he said. “I want to bring awareness. Sometimes people don’t know it’s not only for elderly, it’s for everyone. It affects not only the people that are affected by it, but it also affects their friends and family.”

His grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 73, and has since passed away.

NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens has been an advocate for Alzheimer’s awareness since 1996. He showed up to the event not because he was a friend of Rogen’s but because he felt that this is a cause that deserves to reach a wider audience. Owens found out Rogen was hosting the benefit soon after he suffered a loss of a family member due to Alzheimer’s and then decided to come give his support.

“My grandmother just passed last Tuesday because of that, and I’ve just come back from the funeral on Monday, so this is definitely somewhat of an emotional time for me,” Owens said, adding that he’d never before met Rogen. “I’ve always told the people that I’ve met and associated myself with with Alzheimer’s that I’m going to be supportive from here on out.”

Anyone who knows the slightest bit about “One Tree Hill” star Sophia Bush is aware that she’s an avid supporter of a variety of charities. In fact, she recently beat out Rogen in a Firefox-hosted CrowdRise contest to see who could raise the most money for their charity of choice. Bush won an additional $25,000 towards her selection, F Cancer, while another $5,000 went to the rest of the competitors. To Bush, everyone involved in the contest was a winner.

“I think it’s really wonderful to have had the opportunity and we owe Firefox a big thank you, but also it’s a really nice thing when you can get a bunch of people together to do something really good for the world,” she said. “I think Hollywood could use more of it.”

For Miller, Hilarity for Charity was an attempt to reach an audience that might not be as knowledgeable about Azheimer’s as they should be.

“Alzheimer’s is kind of viewed as an old person’s disease and really, we can’t think of it that way. It’s a huge disease; an epidemic that we’re facing and we have to do something about it now in order to not worry about it later,” Miller said. “So we just feel like it was a great way to sort of bring attention to people among our generation.”

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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