Seth MacFarlane takes the WIRED Autocomplete Interview and answers the internet's most searched questions about himself. Did Seth MacFarlane draw Family Guy? Did Seth work on Johnny Bravo? What voices does Seth do? Why did he make American Dad? How many awards has he won? Why does he hate Tucson?? Seth answers all these questions and much more!
SETH MACFARLANE: Hi, I'm Seth MacFarlane and this is the "WIRED Autocomplete Interview."
SETH MACFARLANE: I'm from New England. We only respond to negative criticism. If you want to [BLEEP] on me, I'm here. Did Seth MacFarlane work on "Johnny Bravo"?
I did work on "Johnny Bravo." That was actually where I got my start at Hanna-Barbera/ Cartoon Network. I was a writer and part-time storyboard artist for "Johnny Bravo" for season one and then they fired us all and got some new guys, and that's when the show went south.
Did Seth MacFarlane draw "Family Guy"? I did way back when. My major was animation in school, so I designed the characters. I think it's safe to say they were improved by other, more talented artists, but the initial designs were mine.
Did Seth MacFarlane leave "Family Guy"? Stepped away around 2011 or so when I started doing "Ted" and that was when I kind of handed it off to the showrunners who have been running it ever since. Yeah, these days, I do voiceover on "Family Guy," but that's really about it.
Did Seth MacFarlane sing in "Sing"? Same word, both a verb and a noun. Actually, yeah, I did. I sang "My Way" and a couple of other Sinatra tunes for the fabulous motion picture, "Sing."
Did Seth MacFarlane make "The Simpsons"? I fucking wish. No, I did not make "The Simpsons." I have a lot of very good friends at "The Simpsons." Matt Groening is a friend and Al Jean, and Mike Reese, and Mike Scully and those guys.
That was actually a legitimate throat clear. I wasn't trying to undercut what I just said. "The Simpsons" definitely had an influence on my work and I think on the work of every animated show that came afterwards.
They rewrote the rule book. So no, I did not, but hopefully you still like me. What does Seth MacFarlane look like? What are you, a fucking idiot?
What blank Seth MacFarlane blank? This is like I'm on "The Match Game" here. You know what that is, kids? You know what "The Match Game" is, Gene Rayburn? Nothing?
What voices does Seth MacFarlane do? I know what you're asking and I'll bark like a seal for you. I do Peter, I do Stewie, I do Brian, and I do Quagmire. So those are the voices that I do, and Stan and Roger.
What is Seth MacFarlane working on now? I am working on the "Orville" which premieres June 2. And I'm also working on "Ted," which is a television series for Peacock based on the films, the movie, "Ted." I don't know if "Ted" is a film. It's a movie.
What awards has Seth MacFarlane won? Softball questions. Yeah, a handful of Emmys. Like The Man Show Awards, right?
The Spike TV Awards, one of those dude channels that used to be around, I got something from them that had antlers on it. That's still in my house. What movies did Seth MacFarlane direct? Directed three movies, "Ted," "Ted 2" and "A Million Ways to Die in The West," which is a very concise title, that if I had it to do over again, I would listen to the executives and come up with something shorter.
Yeah, that's those questions. Who was Seth MacFarlane on "Gilmore Girls"? I think I was a graduating college student, being I was literally just taking shots at Lorelei Gilmore. And then I think my sister and I sang a rendition of "Michael Row The Boat Ashore." I think that was the extent of my "Gilmore Girls" tenure.
I was friends with Amy Palladino and Dan Palladino, so it was a little bit of nepotism. Dan Palladino used to run "Family Guy" with me. And so when he left to go to "Gilmore Girls," he took me with him, I guess. What college did Seth MacFarlane go to?
Attend, you also could have said. I went to The Rhode Island School of Design, superb school. They trained me to make "Family Guy," which I'm sure they regret at this stage, but yeah. Love RISD, loved my experience, great place, highly recommend it.
Why does Seth MacFarlane hate Tucson? It's not Tucson that I hate, it's all of Arizona. Does Seth MacFarlane own Hulu? I do not own Hulu. I have a subscription to Hulu.
If things keep going better, I'm going to get the one without the commercials. Has Seth MacFarlane been on Broadway? I have not been on Broadway, no. I remember years ago getting offer to come do "Spamalot," but I was too busy making "Family Guy."
And as attractive as that offer was, the timing didn't work out, but it's not out of the realm of possibility. I'm certainly open to it. Why did Seth MacFarlane make "American Dad"? Because "Family Guy" got canceled in 2002 or thereabouts.
Created "American Dad," and then of course, "Family Guy" came back. It was never my intention to have two animated shows on the air at the same time. And I figured, well it's all right, one of them will die eventually. And here we are years later and they're both still kicking.
Is Seth MacFarlane nice? I guess it depends on the hour of the day. It's very early right now. But generally, I try to be kind. Is Seth MacFarlane vegan?
I'm trying to phase out of meat. There's a Taco Bell late night now and then that kind of disrupts things. But in general, I'd say that's probably where I'm headed.
Is Seth MacFarlane's friends with Mila Kunis? We better be, because she works for me. So what this would not be good. But yeah, no, she's a good egg. We're close.
Is Seth MacFarlane friends with Ryan Reynolds? Yeah. I'm also friends with Ryan Reynolds. Yeah, these are very, these are like really, guys could be digging a lot deeper.
This is the next one. When did Seth MacFarlane host "SNL"? I think it was, what, 2013? Does that sound about right, 2013?
It was before "Ted"? No, it was after "Ted." Yeah, after "Ted," so 2013. I think the musical guest was Frank Ocean that night.
When did Seth MacFarlane become famous? Right now. Like right here, now, because of this "WIRED Auto Complete Interview," I'm now officially famous. When did Seth MacFarlane start singing?
I've been singing since I was a little kid. I was in a church choir, if you can believe that. I think probably from the age of five-years-old, I was singing.
When does, looks like we're on to the present tense now. When does "The Orville" take place? "The Orville" takes place in the 25th century. I think our pilot was 2417 was the date.
So yeah, there you go. How is-- Oh, how is Seth MacFarlane? Oh, you're asking how I am.
- Yeah, how are you?
SETH MACFARLANE: I'm all right. How did Seth MacFarlane get his start? I got my start at Hanna-Barbera, which was the very famous cartoon studio that did "Scooby Doo," "the Flintstones," "The Jetsons." Did a little bit of work on the show called "Dexter's Lab" before I got my real break running "Ace Ventura," the animated series.
How did Seth MacFarlane get Charlize Theron to-- Let's just leave this one. I don't know what's under there. Oh, to be on "The Orville." Oh, well, that puts a different paint job on this.
Charlize and I are very close. We're very, very good friends and I rolled the dice that maybe she was just as cool as I thought she was and turned out she was. How does Seth MacFarlane know Patrick Stewart? I was a fan of Patrick Stewart for many years, but I don't remember exactly how I met him.
I had a couple of friends who wrote for "Star Trek." I think I may have met him that way. I don't remember how it came about. I guess we, I don't know, maybe we had the same accountant or something.
It's gone. It's gone. All righty, Seth MacFarlane full name? Seth Woodbury MacFarlane. Seth MacFarlane William Shatner impression. Seth MacFarlane William Shatner impression.
Seth MacFarlane favorite movie? "The Sound of Music." Can you believe that? Who would have thought. The Sound of motherfucking Music.
Seth MacFarlane shoe size. 11 and 1/2 is probably where it averages out. There's a couple of brands where it's been like a 12. Seth MacFarlane is a genius.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, hardly. I'm from New England. We only respond to negative criticism. So this is positive, so I it does nothing for me.
If you want to shit on me, I'm here. That's it, OK. What do I think about these searches? I think they're hugely imaginative. I do wish I owned Hulu, yeah. I do wish I owned Hulu.