Last night, Seth MacFarlane (the man behind “Family Guy”, “American Dad” and “Cleveland Show”) and Alex Bornstein (the voice of Lois) put on “Seth and Alex’s Almost Live Review”, a quasi-live comedy/sketch half-hour show. And it was awful. Dreadful. Horribly not funny. At all.
What went wrong? And no, I’m not just trashing the show because he made fun of deaf people and had Marlee Matlin (who rocks from way back) on stage basically making fun of herself. And no, it’s not because he and Alex B. made fun of the holocaust. Those are the reasons why I love Family Guy, American Dad and Cleveland Show in the first place – because they make fun of everybody in the most insensitive way possible.
First off, the show had no real structure. True, MacFarlane’s style involves a lot of vignettes and randomness, but at least they’re somewhat connected. This made no sense at all. What was the point of doing the special in the first place? What did anything have to do with anything?
Secondly, where was the rest of the cast? Lois really isn’t that funny on the show. It would have probably been cooler to have Adam West on…or have MacFarlane just do a whole episode where the cartoon plays in the backgroudnd while he and the whole cast sit on state and read the script. No songs, no live action commercials. Just Family Guy.
And most importantly…SHAPOOPIE?! Really?!?!?!?!?!? He graced us with Shapoopie?! Really? Not “You’ve Got a lot to See” or “FCC” or “My Drunken Irish Dad” or “This House is Freakin’ Sweet” or any of the other AMAZING songs we’ve been blessed to hear over the years. I mean, they had a freakin orchestra. Why waste it on Shapoopie?
Thank God he did “Rocket Man”, or the whole show would have been a bust.