Seth MacFarlane is an American actor, voice artist, animator, filmmaker, and singer. He also wrote, directed, and starred in the films Ted, its sequel Ted 2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Bill’s guests are Mayor Eric Garcetti, Max Brooks, Seth MacFarlane, Willie Nelson, and Senator Bernie Sanders. (Originally aired 4/3/20)
Fiction shines a light on the human condition by putting people into imaginary situations and envisioning what might happen. Science fiction expands this technique by considering situations in the future, with advanced technology, or with utterly different social contexts. Seth MacFarlane’s show The Orville is good old-fashioned space opera, but it’s also a laboratory for exploring the intricacies of human behavior. There are interpersonal conflicts, sexual politics, alien perspectives, and grappling with the implications of technology. I talk with Seth about all these issues, and maybe a little bit about whether it’s a good idea to block people on Twitter.Support Mindscape on Patreon.Seth MacFarlane is a screenwriter, director, actor, producer, and singer. He is the creator of the animated TV shows Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show. He wrote, directed, and starred in the films Ted, Ted 2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West. He created and stars in the live-action episodic TV show The Orville (which will be moving from Fox to Hulu for its third season). He has recorded several albums as a jazz singer, and was the host of the Academy Awards in 2013. He is an executive producer for the reboot of Cosmos. His honors include several Primetime Emmy Awards, an Annie Award, a Webby Award, a Saturn Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.IMDB profileWikipediaFacebookAllmusic profileThe Orville: IMDB, Wikipedia, YouTubeTwitter
One of Hollywood’s funniest, smartest and most provocative figures reflects on the roots of his passion for animation, becoming TV’s youngest-ever EP 20 years ago with ‘Family Guy’ and following decades of comedy — from directing ‘Ted’ to hosting the Oscars — with a sci-fi dramedy that just wrapped its second season. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
Seth MacFarlane can host award shows, create button-pushing animated shows, and sing standards in symphony halls, but nothing changes the fact that he’s an introvert by nature. Seth tells Marc why he’s always enjoyed making trouble through comedy, how that impulse got him into hot water when Family Guy started, and why many of the things he’s doing now - studio recordings, live performances, his show The Orville - are rooted in his respect for the past. He also talks about making Ted, hosting the Oscars, the evolution of offensive comedy, and the influence of The Far Side. This episode is sponsored by Standup Month on Comedy Central and Deadly Class on SYFY.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Oct 26th, 1973
Location
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Episode Count
7
Podcast Count
7
Total Airtime
5 hours, 51 minutes
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 056673