Hilarity for Charity

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Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen

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Laughter really is worth its weight in gold! Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, managed to raise almost $1 million in the name of comedy at their third annual Hilarity for Charity HFC Variety Show, presented by Genworth.

The couple managed to raise more than $900,000 in support of the Alzheimer’s Association and their sold-out prom themed comedy bash, which was held at the historic Hollywood Palladium.

Joseph Gordon Levitt
Joseph Gordon Levitt

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The Hollywood Palladium became a blast from the past as the venue was transformed into a high school auditorium. Guests entered the halls which were adorned with lockers, banners and posters before finding their way into the party. Prom-goers dined on nostalgic treats like beer nuts, caramel and white cheddar popcorn, soft pretzel bites and homemade twinkies underneath an oversized disco ball and festive streamers cascading from the ceiling.

The comedian served as master of ceremonies, introducing Craig Robinson and his band, The Nasty Delicious, as well as comedic skits from Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, Weird Al, David and Leeman, and Kumail Nanjiani, before things turned a bit more serious as Miller Rogen took the stage.

Rob Lowe + Sheryl Berkoff
Rob Lowe + Sheryl Berkoff

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“My experience with prom was fine. I spent most of the night avoiding my date’s attempts to make out with me,” she joked. “And while that was fun, it certainly wasn’t the prom night I’d always dreamed of. But tonight, tonight is the prom night of my dreams! And that’s because of you [the audience]. So, thank you! And to my incredible husband – for the powerful speech you gave to the absent Senate to the support you give me and my family every day – I never thought I’d be so lucky.” She added, “My mom, Adele, would have loved tonight. She and I would have gone shopping for a dress together. But, unfortunately she’s not here tonight. She’s at home, 63-years-old and 8 years into her diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer’s. I know that tonight is a night for laughter, but just for a moment, I’d like to remind you why we are here.”

Hilarity for Charity
Hilarity for Charity

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After her heartfelt speech, the comedy started right back up again. Judd Apatow joined the antics by acting as the co-auctioneer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt wowed guests with his energetic rendition of No Doubt’s infamous anthem “Just a Girl,” moments before the audience needed a warning when renowned music group Bell Biv DeVoe closed the night with a throwback set singing hits like “Poison.” Additional guests included the evening’s house DJ Mayer Hawthorne as well as Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen, Rob Lowe, Maria Shriver, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Marcia Gay Harden, Camryn Manheim, Ben Feldman, Randall Park and Josh Peck.

Lauren Miller-Rogen and Maria Shriver
Lauren Miller-Rogen and Maria Shriver

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