Who says yelling on the Internet doesn’t do anything?
Two months after hordes of Vancouverites took to social media to express their approval of Seth Rogen hypothetically becoming the unofficial spokesman of TransLink, the regional transit authority has revealed that the B.C.–bred funnyman will be a “guest voice” on its system.
“TransLink is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Vancouver-born actor and director Seth Rogen to promote transit ridership and improve the customer experience while using Vancouver’s growing transit system,” Steve Vanagas, vice president of customer communications and public affairs for TransLink, said in a news release.
According to TransLink, Rogen offered to work free of charge and the transportation network “accepted his offer in the pursuit of providing a better customer experience and to share pride in the region”. Rogen, who is known as much for his, uh, distinct laugh as his work on films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad, lends his voice to a set of announcements that will be broadcast across TransLink’s platforms in the coming weeks.
TransLink tweeted a video today (July 26) publicizing the news, in which Rogen shares his love for his hometown and talks about taking public transit often—particularly, the Canada Line from his place in downtown Vancouver to the Richmond Night Market, where “parking is incredibly difficult”.
The clip also offers Vancouverites a taste of what they’ll be hearing from Rogen on their commutes:
Hey Vancouver, it’s Seth. Here’s a tip to make your transit ride even more awesome: I know your bag is probably very nice and you care deeply for it, but that doesn’t mean it needs its own seat.
Those are very nice sneakers, but kind of a horror show on the sole, so get those feet off the seat. My mom might be sitting there one day, come on!
Rogen was suggested as a voice for TransLink by Postmedia reporter Stephanie Ip in May after a series of paid-for-by-Visa, Morgan Freeman–spoken announcements were pulled from the system following sexual-misconduct allegations against the actor. Rogen was quick to reply, soon asking TransLink to “hit me up”.
“Any opportunity to enrich the lives of the Canadian people is an opportunity I will take,” he says in the video. He sounds just as stoked as the rest of us:
I’M GONNA BE THE VOICE ON PUBLIC TRANSIT IN MY HOMETOWN OF VANCOUVER. pic.twitter.com/JduvqtqU3o— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 26, 2018