Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are the Jewish comedy duo behind most of the bro and stoner comedy movies of the last several years: “Knocked Up,” “Superbad,” “Pineapple Express,” “This Is The End” and many more.
The two grew up together as a rare breed: Canadian Jews. They’ve managed to channel their awkward adolescence into funny movies about people who are weird and flawed and hilarious.
The duo’s newest film, “Neighbors,” centers around young parents, played by Rogen and Rose Byrne (“Bridesmaids,” “X-Men: First Class”), who are very displeased when a fraternity led by Zac Efron moves in next door.
(This is not a believable premise because why would anyone ever be upset by seeing a shirtless Zac Efron in the next yard every day?)
While talking to Rogen and Goldberg about “Neighbors,” The Hollywood Reporter asked about one of the Jewier jokes in their new film:
THR: A lot of jokes in Neighbors really hit close to home. Like the one where Rose Byrne goes off on you during a crisis for wanting to call your mother.
Rogen: “What is it with you f—ing Jews and your mothers?”
Goldberg: That one, you’d think it was all the Jews who laugh at it? But all the non-Jews are like, “Stupid Jews.”
Rogen: It gets a bigger laugh than I’d like. I know there’s not that many Jews in the audience. It’s like oof, but it’s so funny I can’t stop it.
Oof indeed. Audiences do love their casual anti-Semitism, but it’s all right when it’s the Jews writing the jokes…right?
J-Connection: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are Canadian Jews. Zac Efron also has Jewish heritage.