In my opinion, Seth MacFarlane is one of the funniest creators in the world as his views on comedy have guided him to great success. He created, directed, and acted in the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time (Ted) yet many critics are questioning his limited engagement in the movie industry. Even though he might not have a long film resume, he has an even longer history in creating public controversy.
In January he caught the media’s attention by cracking a Hitler joke while he was assisting Emma Stone announce the 2013 Oscar nominees. Only Seth can get away with something like this as he is known for his short wise cracks directed at targeted topical issues. His impulsiveness and bravery for making his opinion so loud are reasons why many people are wondering if this “laugh button pusher” will bring his famous styles to Hollywood’s big stage.
Seth is an vocal mouthpiece backing major topics such as gay rights. That’s one side of the coin. The other being known for the well timed racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic joke. Looking at the Oscar nominees, Quentin Tarantino has multiple nominations for the movie Django Unchained, which is the heavy handed movie about violence in slavery. It makes me wonder, if Tarantino starts to win awards, will Seth call attention to the trend and ad-lib a few random blue rants? I hope so!
Randomness is a comedic style Seth has built an empire on as Family Guy continues to be living proof of where Seth’s mindset and comedic direction is going. Watching him host Saturday Night Live it is also clear that he does not enjoy reading cue cards as he prefers to add his own random points of view or input. I’m personally looking forward to the times he chooses not to read the cue cards in hopes that he delivers homer run jokes through his strong sense of instinctive humor.
Watching other Oscar trends, another thing learned is that Seth has not being shy or reserved about hosting the big award ceremony. He’s open with his Twitter followers and critics alike, as he promised viewers there would be no dick jokes in this year’s presentation.
On Twitter, he has put out the following Oscar messages and I hope the ceremony will be just as funny as his tweets.
“My promise for the Oscars: no cheap wiener jokes. Only expensive wiener jokes.” “This year’s Oscars will be like nothing you can imagines. Unless you can imagine 3 hours of, like, people getting awards and stuff.” “Press gave me shit for not wearing a tie to the nominations. I’m also busted for skipping lacrosse and mouthing off to the headmaster.” “My Zero Dark 30 torture scenario: put me in a tiny room with just a beet salad, Atlas Shrugged, wet socks, and a Wall Street Journal.” “Liked ‘Les Miz’ (the play) but wished they were all way bigger and screaming right in my face. Is there a current film I might enjoy?” “Lotta flap over that Adolf joke. Look, Amour was a great film, so how about this: Austria, we’ll give you the Oscar if you take back Arnold.”