Sunday, October 4, 2009

The (New) Kings Of Comedy (Part 2)

Seth Rogen (Actor, Writer & Producer)

Rogen, 27, falls next in line as he is known for his deadpan humour. He started out very early (age 13) signing up for a comedy class and co-wrote his first screenplay ‘Superbad’ the following year, with Evan Goldberg, reflecting pieces of their childhood.

Rogen moved to Los Angeles (from Vancouver) two years later after Judd Apatow had discovered him earlier, as a writer. Upon getting to Hollywood to pursue an acting and writing career; Rogen starred on the Apatow – produced Freaks and Geeks, and then Undeclared which was also an Apatow production, although short lived; where he was also a writer. Soon after this, Rogen and Evan Goldberg joined the writing staff of Da Ali G Show for its final season, for which they were both nominated for an Emmy.

Like his deadpan humouring, Rogen is also known for his improvisational skills, which he applies in his movies. Rogen then received a minor in the movie Donnie Darko, 2001, (starring Jake & Maggie Gyllenhaal) was his first. Judd Apatow was very impressed with his skills that he rewarded Rogen with a major supporting role in his Directorial debut, in 2005 The 40-Year-Old-Virgin (and Co-Producer) which was a box office hit; 2007, he then cast Rogen as a lead role in Knocked Up (Executive Producer). Rogen was also involved in the 2007 hit Superbad as an actor, executive producer and co-writer with his childhood friend Evan Goldberg. He then re-united with his Freaks and Geeks co-star James Franco in Pineapple Express, which he teamed up (once again) with Evan Goldberg to write and produce. He has since made movies like Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Observe and Report and Funny People. Rogen has animated roles to his credit such as The Spiderwick Chronicles, Horton Hears a Who!, Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens. He has also worked in television writing an episode with (Goldberg) for The Simpsons, as well as hosting Saturday Night Live twice (October 6, 2007 and April 4, 2009).

Currently, Rogen is working on The Green Hornet as a lead character and writer as well with Evan Goldberg; and Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse (also with Goldberg), Cancer which is based on an autobiographical comedy script by screenwriter by Will Reiser and Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom.

Evan Goldberg (Writer & Producer)
Goldberg, 27, is a Canadian television and movie writer and producer, who has partnered with childhood friend Seth Rogen in writing and producing movies. He started out with Rogen on Da Ali G Show; he then co-wrote Superbad (earlier) and Pineapple Express; and he has produced movies like Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express and Funny People.

Goldberg is currently working with Rogen on The Green Hornet and Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse (a movie which they both created a pre-pre-production trailer for).