In the segment, called “Death Rogen,” Seth and Billy roam the streets of New York with Billy informing pedestrians that Seth Rogen has died — while Seth stands by in plain sight, posing undercover as one of Billy’s cameramen.
As Billy deadpans at the outset of the segment, “We’ve lost so many great artists this year who don’t live long enough to see all the many profound ways that people pay tribute to them after they’re gone,” adding, “Seth can experience what their reaction is while he is still around.”
While this might sound too dark to be funny, believe us when we say it’s hilarious.
As Billy abruptly stops passersby on the street, informing them of Seth’s untimely and unexplained death, the reactions are hugely varied: some bystanders express sincere sadness — “Oh my gosh, my chest is hurting,” says one woman — while others admit they have no idea who Seth Rogen is. Billy eventually reveals that Seth is alive and standing close by — and those reactions are what make this segment totally worth watching.
In one of the most awkward interactions, Billy approaches a pair of Australian tourists to inform them of Seth’s “death.” One of the men admits that Seth is his biggest crush — in a stiff, man-of-few-words sort of way — so when Billy reveals that Seth has died, he suggests the trio might want to engage in a celebratory threesome.
Says Seth, “If I was gay, I would totally join you guys.”
You’re a good sport, pal.
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