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Superbad: The Illustrated Moviebook (With: Evan Goldberg) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yearbook (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, filmmaker, and author. He made his debut in the world of writing in 2021 with Yearbook, a collection of funny personal essays. The book was named as one of the best books of the year by multiple publications, including NPR, the New York Post, and BookRiot.

Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1982. His father was American so he was granted dual citizenship at his birth. He had a love of comedy at a young age and didn’t want to pursue any other job. He’s said that once he realized that he could be funny as a job that it was the job that he wanted. He got his start at the age of twelve in show business and performed stand-up comedy throughout this teenage years.

He met Evan Goldberg in his youth and the two would work together co-writing the screenplay for Superbad at the age of thirteen. It would be many years before it would be made into a film, but it eventually was. The two have since become a hot screenwriting duo as they’ve worked on everything from Superbad to Pineapple Express to Preacher.

When Rogen was sixteen years old he landed a role on Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks television show. Thhat show became a cult hit and Rogen became the main wage earner in his family. The series was a cult hit, but not a commercial one and it was canceled after just one season. However, Apatow then case Rogen in his next television show, Undeclared. In addition to working as an actor on the show, he was also a writer. Unfortunately, this show was also canceled after only one season.

After this Rogen didn’t have many roles, but he was taken under the wing of Judd Apatow who taught him and Goldberg a lot about writing. He took a job writing for Da Ali G Show in 2004 for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Rogen would return to the screen in The 40-Year-Old Virgin which was his breakout role. The movie was well-received and his character was one of the funniest parts which ultimately lead to him getting a chance to lead his own film.

That film became Knocked Up, written and directed by Judd Apatow. The movie was a major hit and got great reviews. The success of this film ultimately lead to Superbad getting made into a film, the same Superbad that he wrote when he was just 13 with Evan Goldberg. The two updated the screenplay for the modern day and had Michael Cera and Jonah Hill play the lead roles.

His team with Goldberg would lead to many more writing gigs over the years. The two co-wrote Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet, and The Watch (with Jared Stern). From there, the two would begin writing and directing, including This Is the End, and The Interview. The two would also get into television where they served as directors and/or executive producers on Preacher, Future Man, Black Monday, and The Boys.

One of his best received acting jobs was in Aaron Sorkins’ 2005 film, Steve Jobs. He played the co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak and was even praised by the actual Steve Wozniak for his role in the film.

Rogen is married to writer/actress Lauren Miller. The two met while Rogen was working on Da Ali G Show and they married in 2011. Together, the two founded Hilarity for Charity (HFC), a national nonprofit organization which funds research and provides care for families coping with Alzheimer’s. The organization hosts an annual fundraising comedy event which has aired on Netflix in the pat.

In addition to his work as an actor, writer, and filmmaker, he has also created a cannabis brand called Houseplant with Evan Goldberg. Each release of the product has been met with a large demand. Seth is known for his use of cannabis and is an open marijuana user. He is a member of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and believes that it should be legalized.

Rogen has said that he identifies as left-wing politically and has been a past supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. One famous story of his features him being asked by Republican, then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to take a picture in 2018, but he refused because of what he believed that his party was doing to the country.

He made his debut as an author with his first collection of essays, Yearbook, in 2021. The book is a collection of true stories which he wanted to be funny at worst and life-changing at best. He covers a lot of topics in his book from his own life, including his grandparents, doing stand-up when he was only a teenager, bar mitzvahs, and the Jewish summer camp that he attended. Rogen also tells stories about doing drugs as well as his adventures in Los Angeles with other famous people. His meetings with major Hollywood players such as Nicolas Cage, George Lucas and Eddie Griffin are particularly enjoyable.

Rogen has proven to be a gifted storyteller throughout his career so it should be no surprise that he is in this book as well. The book is somewhat of an autobiography, but instead of being told in long form it is told through short, insightful essays. Each of the chapters has a piece of dialogue from his life that Rogen remembers and he manages to tell self-deprecating, amusing stories.

The style of comedy that Rogen brings might not be for everybody, especially as he is not shy about sharing his own politics in this book, but if you have followed his career or watched any of his movies then you should know what to expect here. His experience as a writer comes through and you can almost picture his essays as short films or scenes from a movie.

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