Seth Rogen and the Future Man cast on what makes the end of the world hilarious

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Aug 1, 2017

To Seth Rogen, the end of the world is nigh -- and it's nigh-impossible not to laugh at it. As executive producer of Future Man on Hulu, Rogen is exploring an end of the world scenario and laughing in the face of disaster with frequent partner Evan Goldberg once again.

"I think it's just something that we think about a lot, and we try to put things that are genuinely interesting to us in our work, and we think the world is gonna end," Rogen said with a hearty laugh when talking to SYFY WIRE's Mike Avila at San Diego Comic-Con.

Goldberg, meanwhile, likes that they're able to take a very different look at what makes a comedy by exploring it within these types of scenarios.

"Most comedies are like: does the girl like the boy or the boy like the girl? Or uh-oh, parents came home from out of town and we didn't expect them. It's just really fun to put characters into situations where they might actually die or the fate of the world is at stake," Goldberg said. "We like really high-stakes comedy," added Rogen. "Comedy where people could literally die any second is hilarious to us, probably because we're really sick."

The funny will come from characters from the future, played by Derek Wilson and Eliza Coupe, who we also spoke with. They'll be doubling up as the "straight man," and "on mission 100% of the time," at least at first. Rogen and Goldberg also think their rules of time travel have to be followed to keep fans of the genre happy.

"At the end of the day, it makes no f***ing sense," Rogen said of time-travel. But "there's nothing spoofy about this show, we take our rules really seriously, we want to make people that are into that happy," Goldberg added.

In Future Man, "A janitor by day/world-ranked gamer by night is tasked with preventing the extinction of humanity after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion," the official synopsis reads. The series premieres exclusively on Hulu on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Check out the full interview below for more teases (and way more laughs).

Additional reporting by Lucas Siegel.