You might think Seth MacFarlane has a show-biz bucket list.
By now, he’s checked off ventures like his animated TV shows (led by Family Guy), his recording of show tunes, live performances at Carnegie Hall and this summer’s film comedy, Ted, which he directed, wrote and provided the title character’s voice for.
Now MacFarlane will serve as guest host for the season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
Was this just the next gig on his to-do list?
“Not exactly,” MacFarlane told the Associated Press. “When things come up, I tackle them if they sound fun. That’s how I decide what to do and what not to do. It’s what sounds like it’s going to be a good time.”
But there’s another reason he was reporting to Studio 8H.
“They asked me,” he explained. “It’s the kind of thing you don’t say `no’ to if you’re in comedy.”
For a multimedia comedy impresario, MacFarlane might not seem ideally suited to SNL, where he is being treated warmly, but not in his customary role as the boss.
“It’s always a nice break to not be the guy in charge,” he insisted. And with his edition of SNL being polished off in just a week, the routine should prove a refreshing change, too. “It’s the complete antithesis of the nine months it takes us to do one episode of an animated series.”
Will the silver-throated MacFarlane sing a song on the show? “Possibly,” he said. “But it’s too soon to tell.”
As the series begins its 38th season at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, MacFarlane will be sharing the bill with musical guest Frank Ocean. Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong will be joining the troupe as featured players.