A Note on Seth Rogen and His Stoner-Schlemiel Character

Ten years after Seth Rogen appeared in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up (2007) as a stoner schlemiel, Seth Rogen has made this character into his biggest selling point.  Here is a list of movies where we see the schlemiel-stoner character: Superbad (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), Funny People (2009), This […]

My Vicarious Role in a Journalist’s Missed Encounter With Seth Rogen…in Las Vegas

About a month ago, I was contacted by Louie Lazar, a journalist who told me that he was given an assignment by Tablet: to determine whether or not Seth Rogen was the future of Jewish comedy. Pondering this question, Lazar came across several article/blog posts I had written on Seth Rogen for this blog. After […]

Body Talk: On Seth Rogen’s Comical-Erotic Descriptions of Zac Efron’s Body

When Seth Rogen recently went on Conan to promote his latest film, Neighbors, Conan’s first comment went right to the relationship of Seth Rogen to Zac Efron’s body: “Your costar Zac Efron, in this film, I…I didn’t know this but apparently…he’s in ridiculous shape.” In response, Rogen says, shaking his head up and down, as […]

“The Top Seven Schlemiels of 2015”

I was recently asked to give a list of who I consider the “Top The Seven Schlemiels of the Year” for Queen Mob’s Teahouse’s “Review of 2015.”  Should you be interested, here it is: Top Seven Schlemiels of 2015 Larry David has for several years been the most celebrated and recognized schlemiel in visual culture. […]