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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.