“Seth is one of the smartest and funniest actors today and we look forward to him making this one of the most entertaining Spirit Awards yet,” added Jennifer Caserta, Executive Vice President & General Manager, IFC. “IFC is a growing brand for original comedy programming, and our viewers are in for a good time with Seth hosting.”
More on Seth Rogen [Courtesy of Film Independent]:
Seth Rogen has emerged as a prominent figure in a new generation of comedic actors, writers and producers. Rogen most recently starred in and executive produced the dramatic comedy and Film Independent Spirit Award nominated 50/50, inspired by the real life experiences of his best friend, Will Reiser, who also wrote the screenplay. Nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy for Da Ali G Show, Rogen began his career doing standup comedy in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 13. After moving to Los Angeles, Rogen landed supporting roles in Judd Apatow’s two critically acclaimed network television comedies, Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, the latter of which Rogen was also hired as a staff writer at the age of 18.
Shortly after, Rogen was guided by Apatow toward a film career with the box office smash hit, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th annual Critics’ Choice Awards and which Rogen co-produced. In 2007, he headlined two summer blockbusters: Knocked Up, which Rogen also executive produced and Superbad, a semi-autobiographical comedy that he co-wrote and executive produced with writing partner Evan Goldberg. The duo also found success the following summer in the action-comedy Pineapple Express, which Rogen also acted in alongside James Franco and Danny McBride.
Rogen continued to demonstrate his wide-ranging ability as he co-wrote, executive produced and starred as the main character, Britt Reid, in the comic book-turned action film, The Green Hornet. In addition to his on-screen roles, he has also found great success lending his voice for animated films, which include the title character in Greg Mottola’s comedy Paul, the character Mantis in Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2, and the voice of B.O.B. in the 3D animation phenomenon Monsters vs. Aliens. Other film credits include Horton Hears a Who!, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Observe and Report and Funny People. Rogen is currently working on the script for the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy Neighborhood Watch and will next be seen in the comedy My Mother’s Curse, opposite Academy Award winner Barbra Streisand. Also in the works for the versatile actor is another dramatic turn in the recently acquired Magnolia Pictures film Take This Waltz, starring Sarah Silverman and Michelle Williams and directed by Sarah Polley.
Source: Film Independent – December 13, 2011