Hilarity for Charity – James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah Presented by Funny or Die and go90
Featuring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller Rogen, Bill Hader, Jeff Goldblum, Miley Cyrus, Haim
October 17, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
By: Nevra Azerkan
Rating: [The Breakdown]
This year’s Hilarity for Charity (HFC) event was a Bar Mitzvah for none other than my personal favorite, James Franco. HFC is a charity that aims to get awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, founded it after her mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. This was their 4th annual event to raise money for the cause. Seth has stated many times that James has always complained about never having a Bar Mitzvah, so he decided to make that dream come true. Genius idea.
The night started with food from numerous food trucks and establishments and of course drinks with sponsors like Svedka and La Croix. There was HFC merchandise including a t-shirt that said, “Boys become men at Franco’s Bar Mitzvah.” Another nice touch was the temporary tattoos with cartoon pictures of James Franco and Seth Rogen made by Tattly.
Here’s a quick rundown of the events. The live show began with a Fiddler on the Roof skit followed by auctioning of items with help from Bill Hader. There was a magic show by Justin Willman, who was giving me flashbacks to the movie Now You See Me and comedy acts by Ron Funches (Undateable) and Kyle Kinane. Others in attendance include: Maria Shriver, Ben Feldman (Mad Men), Katie Lowes (Scandal), Steve Wozniak and Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva).
Of course they had to stage a circumcision officiated by Rabbi Jeff Goldblum. A video also played, which showed Zac Efron who was portraying Franco’s foreskin. Charming, right? Haim came out to play “Hava Nagila” while the audience danced the Hora. But it was Miley Cyrus who got the party going with “We Can’t Stop,” and a cover of “Shout.” In total, HFC raised $2.5 million, an incredible feat by HFC all the while providing a memorable night for many.
Congrats on becoming a man, James!
To experience the entire show for yourself you can watch it on www.go90.com thanks to Funny or Die.