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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.”

Would you be interested in attending Hilarity for Charity in the future? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.