"Freaks and Geeks"
A four-year veteran of the stand-up comedy circuit, Seth Rogen was cast
in the role of Ken, the acerbic and rebellious freak who is always quick
with a smart-aleck remark, after being discovered at an open casting call
by "Freaks and Geeks" executive producer Judd Apatow and show creator
Paul Feig. "Ken and I are the same person," says Rogen. "He's a little
weird, no one can really read him, and he has a healthy dose of cynicism
A self-described "professional wise-ass," Rogen's interest in comedy began
at age 13, when after driving his teachers and parents crazy, he signed
up for a comedy class in his hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia. He
took to it like a fish to water and quickly began writing his own material
and appearing in Canadian comedy clubs like Yuk-Yuks, Punchlines, Lafflines
and others. After coming in second place in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy
Contest at the age of 16, Rogen decided to venture south of the border
and try his hand at performing for U.S. audiences. He was well-received
and began getting regular gigs at such high-profile Los Angeles clubs
as The Improv and The Comedy Store. Earlier this year, Rogen was nominated
for Canada's YTV Youth Achievement Awards for his stand-up comedy.
Rogen's first on-screen appearance came at age 11 when he started in commercials.
After his comedy began to take off, he decided to try "the acting thing"
again. He landed the role in "Freaks and Geeks" after only one previous
Now living in Los Angeles while he works on the show, Rogen still plies
his trade at local comedy clubs. In his spare time, he enjoys, snowboarding,
Karate, rugby and improv. His birthday is April 15.