Good Laughs: Seth Rogen Hosts 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show

Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller
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It was prom night in Hollywood at Hilarity for Charity’s 3rd Annual Los Angeles Variety Show. At the Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser, the Hollywood Palladium was transformed into a high school gymnasium complete with a locker hall, bleachers and walls lined with homemade banners. “I sadly never got to my prom,” said Rob Lowe (in Valentino). “I was shooting ‘The Outsiders.’ This is a big moment for me.”

Host Seth Rogen, in a ruffled tux borrowed from the wardrobe department, organized the event with his wife Lauren Miller (above). The benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association raised awareness about the disease with the help of music, magic and humor. They kicked the night off with music by Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious and Weird Al Yankovic, as well as a few surprise performances. Judd Apatow delivered on a promise to sing “Spinning Wheel,” while Joseph Gordon-Levitt covered Gwen Stefani’s “Just a Girl.” “This room is really special for me,” said Gordon-Levitt, sharing memories of the Palladium. “I saw Rage Against the Machine here.”

The entertainment didn't stop there. While snacking on high school hits like baskets of soft pretzel bites, white cheddar popcorn, and Twinkies, the crowd watched a magic show by David and Leeman and standup performances by Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr, and Kumail Nanjiani. “All my new material is about the women’s movement and women’s rights and not really appropriate,” Silverman told the audience.

After a live auction with items like a private Jimmy Buffet concert, Bell Biv DeVoe closed down the night. The crowd, Seth and Lauren included, joined the musicians onstage to dance to “Poison.” “Thank you for being the best prom dates a girl could ever ask for,” Lauren told the audience, who helped raise more than $850,000 to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s care. “If we were slow dancing, I would definitely let you all make out with me!”

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