Los Angeles has no shortage of celebrity-studded charity events. But in only three years, comedian Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller have created one of the funniest and most memorable benefits around.
Making it their mission to bring awareness about Alzheimer’s to a younger generation, the couple will host their third annual Hilarity for Charity variety show this Friday (October 17) at the Palladium.
After struggling for years since her mother was diagnosed at age 50 with the disease, Miller became an active member in the Alzheimer’s community. In 2011 she founded Hilarity for Charity.
“I was twenty-five when my mom was diagnosed, and I felt very alone and very powerless. But at the same time I really wanted to do something. I wanted to have some sort of effect, some sort of change on something that I didn’t think I could have any control over,” says Miller, now 31.
The event has so far raised nearly $1.5 million for the Alzheimer’s Association, which supports families struggling with Alzheimer’s care and funds research.
At this year’s prom night-themed variety show, patrons will be treated to sets by comedians Sarah Silverman, Kumail Nanjiani, and Bill Burr, music by Mayer Hawthorne, and some sort of performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
“We wanted to create something that would make people excited about doing something for Alzheimer’s,” Miller says. “It’s really about finding some hope and finding some happiness in what is normally a very sad situation.”