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Yearbook

A memoir by Seth Rogen.

Seth Rogen

Hi! I'm Seth! I was asked to describe my book, Yearbook, for the inside flap (which is a gross phrase) and for websites and s--t like that, so… here it goes!!!

Yearbook is a collection of true stories that I desperately hope are just funny at worst, and life-changingly amazing at best. (I understand that it's likely the former, which is a fancy "book" way of saying "the first one.") 

I talk about my grandparents, doing stand-up comedy as a teenager, bar mitzvahs and Jewish summer camp, and tell way more stories about doing drugs than my mother would like. I also talk about some of my adventures in Los Angeles, and surely say things about other famous people that will create a wildly awkward conversation for me at a party one day.

I hope you enjoy the book should you buy it, and if you don't enjoy it, I'm sorry. If you ever see me on the street and explain the situation, I'll do my best to make it up to you. (From Viking's website)

Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, producer and screenwriter now based on Los Angeles. In addition to being the executive producer of The Boys and Invicible, Rogen starred in Neighbors, Knocked Up and This Is the End, and wrote the screenplay for Superbad.

From the book

I wanted to try stand-up comedy. I imagine if most 12-year-olds told their parents something like that, they'd be met with a healthy dose of skepticism. F--k, if a 30-year-old told me they wanted to try stand-up comedy, I'd probably do my best to talk them out of it.

Which makes it even more incredible is that not only did my parents not scoff at the notion of it, they looked in the local paper and found a stand-up comedy workshop to enroll me in.

I loved comedy growing up, I think, because my parents loved comedy. They would watch SCTV; Billy Crystal's stand-up; Ghostbusters; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Uncle Buck; Home Alone; Coming to America; Big; Who Framed Roger Rabbit; Back to the Future; The Breakfast Club; When Harry Met Sally; What About Bob?; and they would just laugh their f---ing asses off, and I would laugh my f---ing ass off, and if people were doing this for a living, then I was gonna try to be one of those people.


From Yearbook by Seth Rogen ©2021. Published by Viking.
 

Interviews with Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen is known as a comedy titan with a penchant for smoking pot. Now, he’s also an author. He joined Tom Power to talk about his debut book, Yearbook, which features a collection of hilarious personal essays about his early life in Canada. 39:23
Seth Rogen is known as a comedy titan with a penchant for smoking pot. Now, he's also an author. His debut book, Yearbook, features a collection of hilarious personal essays about his early life in Canada and his adventures in Los Angeles. The Vancouver-born actor, producer, writer and director spoke with Tom Power about the book, his famous use of cannabis and why he thinks comedy is undervalued. Watch this interview on our YouTube channel (Q on CBC)! 42:42

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