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Mr. Rogen Goes To Washington, Makes Senators Laugh (And Delivers A Moving Speech On Alzheimer’s)
February 27, 2014
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If you haven't seen this speech by Seth Rogen yet, it's worth a watch.

The 31-year-old Canadian actor visited Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. yesterday to voice his support for increased funding for Alzheimer's research (his mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease when she was only 55).

It's probably fair to say the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services has never heard testimony quite like this before.

"Thank you for the opportunity to testify today and for the opportunity for me to be called an expert at something, because that's cool," Rogen started, before chiding the committee's chairman, Democrat Tom Harkin, for not having seen Knocked Up. "That's a little insulting," he quipped.

The rest of his speech was peppered with references to House of Cards and marijuana, although Rogen said that Alzheimer's funding was an issue that was even more important to him than legalizing the drug.

He went on to talk about the difficulty of watching his mother-in-law's deterioration over the years. "After forgetting who she and her loved ones were, my mother-in-law, a teacher for 35 years, then forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself and go to the bathroom herself, all by the age of 60."

Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller have founded an organization called Hilarity for Charity to raise funds and awareness for the disease.

Funny as Rogen's speech was, the actor spoke to an almost empty room, as this tweet from yesterday shows:

Still, the actor can take comfort in the fact that his speech is now going viral — it's reached 800,000 views on YouTube already, and it's still climbing.

A couple of years ago, Rogen came on the show to talk about his roles in the films 50-50 and Take This Waltz:


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