Ten Things you didn’t know about Seth Rogen

January 8, 2014

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1. He’s been doing standup comedy since he was a kid

They say practice makes perfect, so it makes plenty of sense why Seth Rogen is one of the best in the business. He won the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest at 16, and used to get rides to the local comedy club from his mother.  

2. His parents actually encouraged him to pursue comedy

It’s pretty unusual for an aspiring comedian to get support from their parents, since every parent wants their children to go on to be successful, and being in show business, especially comedy, can be a hard life at times, but even before Rogen was wildly successful, his mother was behind him all the way. 

3. He’s Canadian

Yep, you read that right, Seth Rogen is a member of the select fraternity of Canadian entertainers, a list that also includes Ryan Reynolds, Nathan Fillion, and Captain Kirk himself, the one and only William Shatner. The comedian was born in Vancouver, and has one older sister. 

4. His parents are “radical Jewish socialists”

According to Rogen, his parents met in a Kibbutz, a Jewish socialist commune. Regardless of their political views, it’s obvious that they were great parents to Seth and his siblings. 

5. He wrote the script for Superbad when he was 13

Along with childhood friend Evan Goldberg, Rogen started on the script during middle school, and spent the next several years through high school polishing it up, until it eventually became the blockbuster that everyone knows today. 

6. He’s a big critic of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

Rogen has been an outspoken critic of censorship, especially when dealing with the MPAA. When shooting Zach and Miri Make a Porno, he complained that “It’s really crazy to me that Hostel is fine, with people gouging their eyes out and shit like that… But you can’t show two people having sex – that’s too much.” 

7. He is an advocate for Alzheimer’s awareness

Though no one in his biological family is afflicted with the illness, Rogen’s wife Lauren Miller has several family members who have suffered from it, including her mother. 

8. He had a short appearance in a 2003 episode of Dawson’s Creek

Not very notable, the credit simply named his character as “Bob.” He probably won’t be listing that among the greatest roles in his career. 

9. He wrote and guest-starred in an episode of The Simpsons

The Simpsons episode “Homer the Whopper” debuted in 2009 as part of the twenty first season of the show.

Rogen played Lyle McCarthy, a celebrity fitness trainer who is in charge of getting Homer in shape for a movie role. The episode debuted to mostly positive critic and fan reviews. 

10. He appeared in a Beastie Boys music video

In 2011, Rogen appeared in the video for “Make Some Noise” along with his This is the End co-star Danny McBride and Elijah Wood and portrayed a fictionalized version of the band as they go through town and party.