August 2007

Seth MacFarlane live in New York: - Hogie @ 1:38 am PST
Seth MacFarlane: Behind the Scenes of “Family Guy” & “American Dad

It is on Sunday, November 11th at 7 pm at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City

Tickets are available at

ALSO, I just received a press release from FOX:

“Behind the Scenes of “Family Guy” & “American Dad”

New York, NY (August 27, 2007) — The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) is proud to present “Seth MacFarlane: Behind the Scenes of ‘Family Guy’ and ‘American Dad.’” The creator, producer and voices of Peter, Stewie and Brian Griffin will take the stage on Sunday, November 11 at 7 pm at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center. The evening is guaranteed to provide tons of laughs as MacFarlane presents the crowd with an all exclusive backstage pass to his hit TV shows!

One of the youngest people ever to create a television series, Seth MacFarlane began his career studying animation and design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he created the animated short film "The Life of Larry." Impressed executives at Hanna-Barbera encouraged MacFarlane to move to Los Angeles in 1995 to create and direct a short film for them. After moving to L.A., he went on to work on numerous animated series, including "Ace Ventura," "Jungle Cubs" and "Johnny Bravo."

MacFarlane's big break came when the producers of MADtv discovered "The Life of Larry" and approached him to air it as four short segments. Although that deal fell apart, executives at FOX recognized his talent and gave him a shot to create a primetime animated series of his own. Over the next six months, MacFarlane created, animated, wrote, directed and provided all the main male characters' voices for what became FAMILY GUY. Utilizing all his contacts, friends and resources to produce the seven-minute short, he delivered it in May 1998 and just weeks later it was picked up. MacFarlane went on to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his role as Stewie Griffin, and FAMILY GUY has garnered three nominations for Outstanding Animated Series. In 2002, he also received an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for FAMILY GUY.

MacFarlane also serves as co-creator/executive producer/voice actor on the FOX animated series AMERICAN DAD. His additional television credits include serving as executive producer on “The Winner,” consulting producer on “The Pitts” and guest-starring roles on “The War at Home,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Help Me Help You,” “Star Trek Enterprise,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” and “Robot Chicken.”

The Fourth Annual NYCF’s roster also includes celebrated comics Rosie O’Donnell performing at Avery Fisher Hall on November 6; Sarah Silverman performing at Carnegie Hall on November 7; Denis Leary at the Beacon Theatre on November 8; Louis CK at Town Hall on November 8; Artie Lange at Town Hall on November 9; Damon Wayans at the Beacon Theatre on November 9 and Bill Maher at the Beacon Theatre on November 10.

The 2007 NYCF is presented by Carolines on Broadway and The Alliance Agency, American Express, exclusive broadcast partners WNYW/Fox 5 and WWOR/My9 New York, internet media sponsor, The New York Post and Time Out New York.

For more information on the Festival and to purchase tickets, please visit

Family Guy and Philosophy: A Cure for the Petarded - Hogie @ 8:10 pm PST
The folks over Blackwell Publishing have announced to me their new upcoming book, Family Guy and Philosophy: A Cure for the Petarded (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series), they also provided to me a sample chapter from the book to share with you all:

Click image to download a sample Chapter from the book

Family Guy Live: Chicago! - Hogie @ 11:18 am PST

Listen up windy city! The ENTIRE cast of Seth MacFarlane’s Emmy Award-winning animated comedy series FAMILY GUY is coming to town for the Chicago premiere of the wildly-popular live stage event “Family Guy Live!”. This is a once in a lifetime event and to thank you for all your support we’re giving you a chance to get tickets before they go on sale to the public.

After sell-out performances in Montreal, New York and Los Angeles, the sensational voices behind the Griffin family will perform an uncensored live reading of a classic episode hand-picked by MacFarlane himself and featuring bonus material never before seen on FOX. In addition, the unique live stage show includes the cast performing some of the most memorable musical numbers from the series as well as a Q&A with the cast and creators of the series -- where fans will have the opportunity to find out everything they ever wanted to know about the show but never had the chance to ask.

“FAMILY GUY LIVE” will also feature a sneak peak of the eagerly anticipated one hour “STAR WARS”- themed season premiere episode airing Sunday, September 23 on FOX.

Don’t miss cast members: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis and Mike Henry live in action, where anything can and will happen. No you cannot touch them.

Make sure to get your tickets early with this special pre-sale. Starting Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 am visit the link below and enter the special password “Stewie” to get tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

Chicago Ticket Pre-Sale:

CHICAGO, IL at The Chicago Theatre
Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 pm & Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 pm