The 5th annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show hosted by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen raised over $1.6 million to help families struggling with Alzheimer's care, increase support groups nationwide, raise awareness of Alzheimer's among the millennial generation, and fund cutting-edge research. Entertainment icon Snoop Dogg headlined the Halloween-themed variety show and featured a jam-packed night of comedy and musical entertainment.
The night began with an outdoor VIP reception where guests gathered for cocktails and delectable bites including beverages from Crown Royal and LaCroix. Once attendees made their way to their seats, Seth and Nick Petricca (Walk the Moon) started the night off with a memorable rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for the variety's show opening act.
Following their performance, comedians Morgan Murphy and Jen Kirkman gave fast-paced, high-energy performances and magician Justin Willman left audience members entranced.
Then, James Corden took the stage for a lively auction featuring prizes including buyouts of Son of a Gun and Animal restaurants, a glamping weekend, a Paris getaway and more.
One of the highlights of the night came in the form of a video message from Los Angeles Dodgers Infielder/Outfielder Howie Kendrick, who announced a generous $100,000 donation via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to help further HFC's mission and fund Alzheimer's research.
"Alzheimer's is a cause very close to our family, and we're proud to support the great work of Hilarity for Charity and the Alzheimer's Association to accelerate research, as well as engage a younger generation in the fight against this horrible disease," said Howie Kendrick. "We look forward to continuing to support this work and raise awareness," added his wife, Jody Kendrick.
Other evening highlights included a surprise performance of "Shut-up and Dance" by Nick Petricca, a duet from Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tasha McCauley, a rendition of "Time Warp" by Courtney Love and the evening's final comedic set delivered by the hilarious Marc Maron.
"Each year we set out to put on an entertaining show and take people's money so we can help those who need it," said Rogen. "This year, with the help of some very generous and talented friends, we've done just that!"
Notable guests included Elizabeth Olsen, Scott Eastwood, Maria Shriver, Katie Stevens, Tony Hawk, Katie Lowes, Ben Feldman, Adam Shapiro, Frances Bean Cobain, Kunal Nayyar, and Johnny Galecki among others.