Featuring the entire cast of "Family Guy," the event includes a live reading of a classic episode, a performance from the upcoming Family Guy Live in Vegas comedy album, a peek at the first "Family Guy" episode produced in more than three years and a no-holds-barred Q&A segment with the entire cast, creators and producers of the series. The group will also be entertaining questions from the live audience.
The half-hour animated comedy that debuted in the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot back in 1999 was almost cancelled twice, constantly at odds with the censors and resurrected by amazing DVD sales – both volumes of the television show sold over 3.5 million copies.
When "Family Guy" became the first-ever show to be cancelled and then brought back into production, Seth MacFarlane, the creator and executive producer of the series, suddenly became animation’s golden boy. Twentieth Century Fox not only decided to keep MacFarlane on contract by having him develop "American Dad," another animated comedy, but gave the word in early 2004 that the previously cancelled "Family Guy" was to resume production.
The show revolves around the daily lives of the Griffins, a loving yet dysfunctional middle-class family living in Quahog, R.I. Peter Griffin (voiced by MacFarlane, who also provides the voices of Stewie and Brian) plays the slightly stupid, large patriarch of the family – a la Archie Bunker – but not as bright and much more crude. Lois (Alex Borstein) is Peter’s piano-teaching wife, who gives Marge Simpson a run for her money by playing up your prototypical television housewife with zing. The couple’s oldest, Meg (Mila Kunis), is an insecure 16-year-old neurotic, while son Chris (Seth Green), 13, is a plain and sweet dimwit. Stewie is their 1-year-old baby, who plots world domination and the assassination of his mother in between diaper changes. Finally, Brian is the alcoholic talking family dog, who is probably the closest to normal of any of the characters.
Drawing more than a few comparisons to "The Simpsons," anyone who has ever seen both shows knows that "Family Guy" is full of more unapologetic juvenile humor than "The Simpsons" could ever wish to pack into its half-hour episodes.
The live show was initially a one-time deal that debuted in the summer of 2004 at the annual Just For Laugh’s Montreal International Comedy Festival. However, viewer turnout and response was much more than expected, pushing Just For Laughs to consider a tour.
The "Family Guy Live!" stage show has only two shows planned in L.A. and four in New York to kick off the May 1 premiere of the new "Family Guy" season on Fox. But who knows? If the show and the actors’ schedules work out, more shows and tours could be in the works.
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"Family Guy Live!" premieres at The Wiltern LG on Friday, April 15 with two performances at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000. The Wiltern LG is located at 3790 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles, (213) 388-1400. For more information, visit www.thewiltern.com or www.familyguy.com.