Full disclosure: There’s a fair-to-good chance that this is an April Fool’s prank doubling as a remarkably good bid of promo work. So approach this with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Those of you firing up the ole Amstrad this morning to fill your public holiday with a truly Dead Jesus-level of Netflix will have no doubt been confronted with a rather confusing splash screen; one claiming that the streaming megalith has “acquired” comedy actor and amateur herbalist Seth Rogen.
The sparsely detailed announcement reveals that both “Netflix is all-in on a major Hollywood talent,” and that the “revolutionary deal with Seth Rogen stretches well beyond 2018.”
There is more than a little speculation that it’s all a wild April Fool’s stunt. But, as we all know, launching a prank three full days before April 1st breaks just about every fooling convention there is.
Netflix addressed the curious announcement on social media, revealing not only had Rogen been given a Netflix email address, but that he would be personally fielding enquiries.
All Seth Rogen inquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: he cannot help with your DVD rental problems.— Netflix US (@netflix) March 29, 2018
PEDESTRIAN.TV reached out to Rogen via the above address, and were dumbfounded when a reply came almost instantly. In fact it was so quick, you could almost say it was automatic.
A quick search of a Hollywood-area police scanner returned no notice of any Del Taco-related disturbances, so our investigations unfortunately reached a dead-end at that point.
In what’s almost certainly unrelated news, Rogen will be launching a comedy variety special – Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity – on Netflix come April 6th. The huge special, filmed at the legendary Hollywood Palladium, features a who’s who of current comic talent including John Mulaney, Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, James Corden, Nick Kroll, Kumail Nanjiani, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Che, Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious, Post Malone, Sacha Baron Cohen, and even the goddamned Muppets.
We repeat: Definitely no correlation between the two things whatsoever. Not even a little bit. Not even at all.