'Knocked Up' star laughs his way to B.O. glory

The actor-writer-producer, who spent his underclassman years at the “U of A” on the short-lived but fondly remembered Apatow TV series “Freaks & Geeks” and “Undeclared,” graduated to a supporting (and co-producing) role in the 2006 Apatow feature hit “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

This year, he breezed the A-list entrance exam, starring in and exec producing Apatow’s latest sweaty-palm comedy, “Knocked Up,” which grossed $149 million domestically for Universal, and, along with writing-producing partner Evan Goldberg, deploying his multihyphenate skills in the Apatow-produced “Superbad,” which added $121 million to Sony’s coffers in the name of teen angst.

Next, Rogen, who lent a voice to “Shrek the Third,” branches out with more voiceover work in DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda,” 20th Century Fox’s “Horton Hears a Who!” and Paramount’s “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” all due out in 2008.

And, staying true to his roots, he’ll reunite with Apatow and Goldberg on the stoner comedy “The Pineapple Express,” slated by Sony for a 2008 summer release. Rogen co-stars in the pic with fellow “Freaks & Geeks” alum James Franco. Expect to hear some of Rogen’s (and presumably some of Apatow’s) favorite four-letter words.

“All the profanity,” Rogen says. “That’s mostly what I find funny.”

Point of view

“I guess I’m just trying to entertain myself more than anything,” Rogen says. “Maybe not everyone starts there. But I figure if at least I think it’s amusing, then one person does.”

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