Seth MacFarlane, left, voices Peter Griffin, Brian Griffin, and Stewie Griffin in the long animated Fox comedy “Family Guy.”
San Diego, California. – Three-time Emmy-winner Seth MacFarlane, the man behind some of television’s most iconic, recognizable, and raunchy animated series. The 44-year-old funnyman spoke to Fox News on Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., and spilled the beans on how he is able to continue to make the viewers laugh by pushing the boundaries.
“Well, in the writer’s room, nothing can be excluded, because you have absolute creative freedom,” said MacFarlane. “It is a good barometer, if you have enough people in the room, you can kind of get an idea of what works and what doesn’t.”
He is the first to acknowledge the large cohort of talented writers on his staff and he admits that not every single joke or line that is written ends up on the air.
“There are a number of people more than others in the writer who are just kind of vibing with the tone of the show. But there is enough of a group in which you start the police yourself and get a sense of what will work and what will not,” he explained.
“And, if you miss that mark, you need to read the table that does that for you. There is a lot of steps before it in the air, where if you do something that f—ed, you are going to know.”
In addition to “Family Guy,” MacFarlane is currently playing the role of Ed Mercer on the science-fiction comedy “The Orville” and acts as executive producer for the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted docuseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” as well as the follow-up to “Cosmos: Possible Worlds.”
“Family Guy” co-star and the voice of Lois Griffin, Alex Borstein told Fox News MacFarlane works tirelessly to develop the content that he is given the go-ahead.
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“What he likes most is with the cache of other things, such as ‘Cosmos’ like ‘Orville.’ That is what he means, that the given him creative control over the other things that he can perform,” she said.
MacFarlane’s passion for the telling of stories was especially clear when he responded to our question about the best joke he has ever heard that he could not foresee.
“Uhhh, then why not I put it in the show?” he joshed.
When posed with the idea that maybe the pranks that he and his writing team create may be considered to be insensitive for certain, MacFarlane came clean, that even he had to shelf some of his best stuff in order to meet the standards.
“Yeah, you know. I mean, there are jokes that are not yet liquidated in the show, because they do not belong in the shows, but… it is the best that they left for dead.”