Rogen fights Alzheimer’s with comedy

Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller are using hilarity to raise funds for a cause.

Seth Rogen is using comedy to “do something” for Alzheimer’s.

The 32-year-old comedian and his wife of three years, Lauren Miller, were both touched by Alzheimer’s when her mother was diagnosed with the disease.

Lauren’s grandfather as well as her grandmother also suffered the debilitating neurodegenerative illness and over two years ago the couple decided to “do something for the cause”.

“We quickly realised there was nothing to help the situation, so out of a sense of desperation and wanting to feel like we were doing something for the cause, we, along with some friends, started Hilarity For Charity in the form of a comedy variety show,” Seth explained to People magazine.

“We started the charity because there was really nothing else we could do,” the Pineapple Express actor-and-writer added.

Hilarity for Charity was founded to raise awareness as well as funds for Alzheimer’s disease and care. The charity holds an annual HFC Variety Show to entertain “young, hip professionals through evenings filled with music and comedy while creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates”, according to the organisation’s website.

The third annual show will be held in Los Angeles, California, on October 17.

“Comedy is ‘the something’ we’re actually capable of doing,” Seth told People. “Because it’s such a bummer, we thought it might be nice to, in some way, make it fun for people.”

While Seth says it would be great to “ultimately to discover a cure”, the project focuses on capturing the attention of “more young people” and raising funds.

Earlier this year HFC launched a new programme aimed at university-aged individuals called HFC U, which “encourages and supports” campus groups to host HFC events. The programme’s first “semester” raised over $130,000 through the participation of over 120 universities, according to the HFC website.
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Tuesday, 07. October 2014