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(Gawker)   From Judd Apatow comes a new comedy where the goofy hero takes on....the Senate?....about awareness for Alzheimer's?....starring Seth Rogen?   (gawker.com) divider line 17
    More: Hero, Seth Rogen, Alzheimer's Disease, human services, consciousness, comedy  
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2014-02-27 01:28:36 PM
5 votes:
C-SPAN has the entire video on their site, and the introductory remarks by Rogen on their Youtube channel. There's really, really no need to link to Gawker. Ever.
2014-02-27 02:50:20 PM
4 votes:

Ghost Roach: I'd say it's obvious the dude cares about what he's talking about. Any comedian is going to make jokes if you give him an audience, regardless of why he has that audience


Yea, telling jokes during this was essential.  If he hadn't done so, it would have been weird.

A) you'll get a bit more virality with some jokes in the bit.

B) it's a way for him to acknowledge and own up to his status as a comedian...  If he would've tried to play it completely straight and serious, the message would've been muddled by the disconnect between the presenter and the presentation.  Here, he makes fun of himself, not the disease. He tells a few jokes to lighten the mood and acknowledge who he is and the perception of him (and accepts that perception instead of trying to argue against it), but then he tells his story and says what he needs to say.

The kid done alright.
2014-02-27 02:32:14 PM
4 votes:
FTA "That's right, he situation is so dire that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated manchild to start a entire charity organization," he said

Humor aside, he sounds like he means it.  Good on him.
2014-02-27 01:27:34 PM
4 votes:
Seth Rogan is sort of a douchebag but Alzheimer's is like one of the few things that I don't joke about, even though it hasn't hit my friends or family yet, thank Christ.
2014-02-27 03:08:50 PM
2 votes:
"But to be realistic, funding is not the problem as to why Alzheimer's Disease has no cure, no treatment, and no prevention methods.

The FDA is the reason there is no cure, no treatment, and no prevention for AD.

I decided to major in EE because of research at the University of Arkansas Electrical Engineering Department involving Parkinson's Disease, proving positive results and desired to expand to AD. When I spoke with the professor 3 years ago, he said they were having trouble with just pre-human trial tests and thus approval from the FDA to begin human trial. Even if they were approved then, it still takes on average 10 years and $1 billion to get through FDA trials and fees. To put that in perspective, people live on average 8 years after being diagnosed with AD.

Ask any family affected by this disease the amount of risk they would take for progress in fighting this disease. Yet, we are not free to do so. I don't see how they sleep at night."
2014-02-27 02:42:18 PM
2 votes:
I'd say it's obvious the dude cares about what he's talking about. Any comedian is going to make jokes if you give him an audience, regardless of why he has that audience
2014-02-28 09:40:52 AM
1 votes:

saywhen: My wife of 33 years was diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago at age 54. There is nothing funny about this disease, but sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.


Alzheimer's is one of those things that REALLY points out that we are really just organic matter with no soul and no god.

Because no kind and loving god would allow this.

I am very sorry what you must be going thru.  My grandfather ended his days completely demented and would basically just sit and play with play-doh.  It was hard to see that great man diminished in that way.  I'd rather he just have died.
2014-02-28 07:50:57 AM
1 votes:
I had 2 great aunts, sisters, who went through Alzheimer's in sequence.  Fortunately, I was young enough that I didn't have to worry about their care.  But it's sad when someone loses who they are.
2014-02-27 10:25:07 PM
1 votes:
I remember when my Grandma got Alzheimer's disease. She could seen horses running through the walls and tried to give me away to another woman because she was "my real grandmother" at the old folks' home. Boy that was a fun disease to watch, let me tell you.

/probably the most horrible thing I can remember from childhood
2014-02-27 06:51:19 PM
1 votes:
His presence raised the average IQ in the Senate by about 20 points.
2014-02-27 04:24:29 PM
1 votes:

Ghost Roach: Sudlow: I know/have known several people dealing with this. Now that that is out of the way. Any celebrity/actor/comedian.media figure that thinks their appearance at these hearings is going to do anything is an idiot. It's theater designed to generate video for the evening news and the appearance of concern. Yesterday it was Ben Affleck, well known authority on the Congo.

It's one thing for the Clooneys and Afflecks of the world to latch on to the African Plight Of The Day, I'd say it's a tad more genuine when it's something would have impacted their life regardless of how much money they have made with genital-related humour


This.

/even if his testimony accomplishes nothing, Mr. Rogen tried to do something for a cause he genuinely cares about
//so good on him for that
2014-02-27 04:12:43 PM
1 votes:

Sudlow: I know/have known several people dealing with this. Now that that is out of the way. Any celebrity/actor/comedian.media figure that thinks their appearance at these hearings is going to do anything is an idiot. It's theater designed to generate video for the evening news and the appearance of concern. Yesterday it was Ben Affleck, well known authority on the Congo.


It's one thing for the Clooneys and Afflecks of the world to latch on to the African Plight Of The Day, I'd say it's a tad more genuine when it's something would have impacted their life regardless of how much money they have made with genital-related humour
2014-02-27 04:02:33 PM
1 votes:
"If I could explain to you why Jerry Lewis Seth Rogen makes me laugh when he's trying to be serious, and why he makes me straight-faced when he's trying to get me to laugh, I'd have the answer."
2014-02-27 03:02:42 PM
1 votes:

sweatybronson: Ghost Roach: I'd say it's obvious the dude cares about what he's talking about. Any comedian is going to make jokes if you give him an audience, regardless of why he has that audience

Yea, telling jokes during this was essential.  If he hadn't done so, it would have been weird.

A) you'll get a bit more virality with some jokes in the bit.

B) it's a way for him to acknowledge and own up to his status as a comedian...  If he would've tried to play it completely straight and serious, the message would've been muddled by the disconnect between the presenter and the presentation.  Here, he makes fun of himself, not the disease. He tells a few jokes to lighten the mood and acknowledge who he is and the perception of him (and accepts that perception instead of trying to argue against it), but then he tells his story and says what he needs to say.

The kid done alright.


It was the first time I've seen a C-Span logo on the bottom of my screen in forever, so he got the message out well.
2014-02-27 02:41:13 PM
1 votes:

Super Chronic: All four of my grandparents died with Alzheimer's-like symptoms, so basically I'm... what was I talking about again?


My maternal grandmother was suffering from Dimentia when she died, my wife's grandmother is showing symptoms. It's sad watching them go through this.
2014-02-27 02:36:08 PM
1 votes:

Infobahn: xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?

Does anyone?



Who still plays that game?
2014-02-27 02:32:09 PM
1 votes:

xanadian: Does Submitter want to play the game "Questions Only"?


Does anyone?
 
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