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Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane’s talents encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. A true multi-hyphenate, he is behind some of today’s most popular content in television, music, and film, having garnered five Emmys, five Grammy nominations and an Academy Award nomination.

At 24, MacFarlane became the youngest showrunner in television history when his animated series Family Guy aired on Fox. Currently celebrating 25 years on-air, the show has garnered MacFarlane five Emmy Awards, four of which make him a tied record-holder for the most voice-over Emmy wins of all time. MacFarlane also serves as co-creator, executive producer, and voice actor on the fan-favorite animated series American Dad! which just finished airing its 18th season. 

Through his Fuzzy Door production banner, MacFarlane recently released the Ted event series for Peacock. The series, which he wrote, directed, and reprised the voice of the iconic and loveable foul-mouthed teddy bear, is currently the number one original comedy streaming in the U.S. MacFarlane also created, executive produced and starred in Hulu’s Emmy nominated series, The Orville. He also executive produced Nat Geo/Fox’s Cosmos: Possible Worlds, the second installment of his 21st century version of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, which received 13 Emmy nominations and was seen by more than 135 million people.

MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut in 2012 with the then-highest-grossing original R-rated comedy film of all time, Ted. In addition to voicing Ted, MacFarlane co-wrote and produced the film, which went on to make more than $545 million worldwide. Fresh off the success of Ted and hosting Saturday Night Live, MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards and was nominated for “Best Original Song” for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted. The highly anticipated sequel, Ted 2, was released in June 2015. MacFarlane and Fuzzy Door are currently in pre-production on Paramount’s The Naked Gun remake starring Liam Neeson, which is slated for a July 28, 2025, theatrical release. 

MacFarlane boasts an impressive musical portfolio, having released eight studio albums: Music is Better Than Words, Holiday for Swing, No One Ever Tells You, In Full Swing, Once In A While, Great Songs From Stage & Screen, Blue Skies and his latest, We Wish You The Merriest. The duet Christmas record sees him and longtime collaborator Liz Gillies collaborating once more on the heels of their 12-track Songs From Home record. These critically acclaimed albums have earned him five Grammy nominations, and several No. 1 debuts on the Jazz charts. With a profound appreciation of the Great American Songbook, MacFarlane has performed with legendary composer John Williams, duetted with Barbra Streisand, and joined numerous renowned symphonies across the country. Last year, he was featured in Logic’s chart-topping hit “Self-Medication”, which boasts more than 36 million Spotify streams to date.

Through the Seth MacFarlane Foundation, MacFarlane is an avid supporter of climate conservation, science communication, cancer research, free speech, and equal rights for all. In honor of his late mother, Perry MacFarlane, he funded The Australia Wildlife Hospital’s Perry MacFarlane Koala Intensive Care Ward, and USC Keck School of Medicine’s Perry MacFarlane Memorial Laboratory. In 2018, MacFarlane donated $2.5 million to NPR and its local Los Angeles station, KPCC. In 2012, he purchased and donated the Carl Sagan papers, funding the Seth MacFarlane collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan archive at the Library of Congress.

Saturday, April 20
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Chinese Multiplex House 6