Scruffy Rogen Rising Star of 'Comedy Mafia'

Pineapple Express may rocket scruffy actor to big bucks
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 5, 2008 11:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – Seth Rogen's comedy career stumbled for years, but Pineapple Express may catapult him into full-fledged movie stardom, Alex Pappademas writes in GQ. Films like Knocked Up established Rogen as a hilarious "bromantic" lead, and the action-comedy Pineapple, which he co-wrote, proves the scruffy stoner can hold his own with hunkier comedic actors.

Rogen proved his improv chops as a teen on NBC's Freaks and Geeks nearly 10 years ago. "I was like, ‘Fuck, this is way easier than memorizing lines,'" he says. But his career stalled after the series' cancellation, and only picked up with his dirty riffs in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Now he's recognized as the face of a stoner "comedy mafia" that director Judd Apatow has nurtured for the big screen.