Alyson Hannigan Talks Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Comedy Pilot at ‘Taste For a Cure’ Cancer Benefit

Alyson Hannigan and Joel McHale at
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Since “How I Met Your Mother” has ended, Alyson Hannigan thought she was going to have a break from acting, until Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s comedy pilot fell into her hands.

“I was fully prepared to take a break, until I read the script and it was too good to pass up,” Hannigan told Variety at UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s “Taste For a Cure” event Friday night at the Beverly Wilshire.

“I just loved it so much. It was too good to be true, like by page nine I was like, ‘All right, you know, so the break was shorter than I thought.’”

“More Time With Family” stars Tom Papa as a husband and father who decides to quit his job so he can spend more time with his family.

Hannigan said the CBS pilot is based on real family stories, including Damon’s.

“Every story is genuinely from somebody’s family. You can tell because it’s so relatable and that’s what I really loved,” she said. “All of these characters have such an authentic voice.”

Both Papa and Hannigan attended the cancer research benefit at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to support the cause, with Papa offering his comedic talents through stand-up.

“Community” actor Joel McHale presented honoree of the night, Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko, with the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award.

“Now I don’t want to speak for Steve, but today must be a pretty big day for him, almost as important as calf day at the gym for him,” said McHale.

“Steve and his calves are the presidents of Sony Pictures Television, but I don’t have to tell you guys that, you’ve been kissing his ass for years,” McHale joked. “This is a roast, right?”

Mosko accepted the award and gave a heartwarming and eye-opening speech by showing personal photos of his family members who’ve lost and won their battles with cancer.

“I think we need more than hope. What we need is a guarantee, a cure and a path again for a normal life,” Mosko said.

“Glee’s” Darren Criss performed two songs, but before ending the night he spontaneously auctioned off Lea Michele, who also attended the event, to come up on stage and sing with him.

The two sang $5,000 worth of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Other guests including Michael Lynton, David Nevins, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Jennifer Salke, Ryan Murphy, Clark Gregg, Lee Daniels and Jennifer Grey, sipped on Bordeaux and Burgundy wines in celebration of the flavors of France for a “Taste For a Cure.”

Steve Mosko and Michael Lynton at the Taste for a Cure benefit(Steve Mosko and Michael Lynton at the Taste for a Cure benefit)