Funnyman Seth Rogen appeared in front of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Wednesday to discuss Alzheimer’s education.
“Yes, I am aware that this has nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana,” Rogen started off, after thanking senators “for the opportunity for me to be called an ‘expert’ at something.”
Rogen was among doctors from the National Institutes of Health and former Rep. Dennis Moore of Kansas.
Known for his comedy starring roles, Rogen founded the organization “Hilarity for Charity,” which aims to help educate young Americans about Alzheimer’s.
His wife, Lauren, whose mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 55, accompanied Rogen Wednesday.
The actor recalled watching his mother-in-law’s decline in health as she was unable to speak or feed herself by the age of 60.
“The situation is so dire that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated man-child to start an entire charity organization,” he told the subcommittee.
“I came here for a few reasons,” Rogen said. ”One, I’m a huge ‘House of Cards’ fan… Two, people need more help. I’ve personally witnessed the massive amount of financial strain this disease causes.”
While he was still able to throw in some humor, Rogen remained focused on the big picture.
“The third reason I’m here, simply, is to show people that they’re not alone. So few people share their personal stories, so few people have something to relate to, I know that if me and my wife saw somebody like me talking about this, we would feel less alone,” he testified.