Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity special is coming to Netflix. The 6th annual variety show will feature some of comedy’s most popular acts, along with musical performances.
In 2012, Rogen and his wife Lauren established HFC to help the millennial generation fully understand Alzheimer’s disease. The official website states that HFC has awarded over 211,000 hours of in-home respite in both the United States and Canada through a grant program with Home Instead Senior Care. The first variety show, “Concert in the Park”, was held on January 13, 2012 in downtown Los Angeles, featuring performances by Master of None's Aziz Ansari, musician Bruno Mars and director Judd Apatow. The 2013 event, “House Party”, was held at the Avalon Hollywood and later relocated to the Hollywood Palladium. In recent years, HFC has featured themes such as “Prom Night”, “James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah”, and “Halloween".
Today, Netflix unveiled a trailer for the 2018 event, which will premiere this April. While the black and white clip doesn’t show the all-star lineup, it does feature a solo Rogen who casually announces the HFC guests while adding a personal commentary for each (along with a meta-take on the trailer production itself). It’s a light-hearted promo for an event that supports a serious issue, and Rogen adopts his usual brand of humor, but without any R-rated material. The scheduled performers include John Mulaney, Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll, Michael Che, The Muppets, Tiffany Haddish, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kumail Nanjiani, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Michelle Wolf, Post Malone, James Corden and Jeff Goldblum.
According to Variety, the Netflix special will be taped in front of a live audience on March 24, and both Rogen and co-founder Lauren Miller Rogen are excited about their new partnership and larger platform to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. On Twitter, Rogen has been using his personal account to promote the upcoming event, and also changed his profile avatar to match the official HFC poster. In addition, Rogen has offered an inside look at pre-production by posting images. The official event hashtag is #HFC2018, and those interested can follow the HFC movement on Twitter @Hilar4Charity.
Given that Rogen and company now have Netflix’s backing, supporters can expect a bigger and better production in 2018. In fact, the official HFC website references elevated production changes. Furthermore, Seth and Lauren have not only gathered some of their funniest friends, but some of the most relevant names of the past year. Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick, while Haddish delivered a breakout performance in the 2017 comedy Girls Trip. It’s a diverse all-star lineup, full of progressive thinkers and performers that continue to innovate their craft.
Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity special premieres on Netflix in April.