a bit more about my episode of Family Guy

So recording Family Guy yesterday ranks in the top five most awesome moments of my acting and geek lives.

Seth MacFarlane directed my session, and when I met him, I said, "Okay, I’m not even going to try to pretend to keep it cool. I am a huge fan, and this is more exciting for me than I can quantify."

Yeah, I said quantify. I say stupid shit like that when I’m giddy and excited.

"Well, if you’re going to do that," he said, "then I’ll have to tell you that Next Generation is my favorite of all the Star Treks, and I’ve seen every episode about a thousand times. The First Duty is just great, man."

I did my best not to faint.

We had a meeting of the mutual admiration society for a few minutes, and then I went into the booth to record my lines. It was incredibly fun and creatively fulfilling, and even though we only worked together for fifteen or twenty minutes, I instantly liked him. He reminded me of my friends from ACME, and I hoped I earned another bit on the show at some point in the future, because he was really fun to work with.

When I was finished recording, I asked him if I could talk a little bit about my episode on my blog, without giving away too many details, and he said that would be fine, so . . .

I play myself, in a story that you could call a tribute to Next Generation. Pretty much everyone from the cast is on board for the episode, and holy shit is it funny.

I can’t divulge any specific story details, or give away any jokes, but there’s a joke with me that, if it makes it to the final cut of the episode, could quite possibly be the funniest thing I’ve ever done on television.

The show will air in about a year, I guess, and I can’t wait to see it.

65 thoughts on “a bit more about my episode of Family Guy”

  1. Come one year from now, you will have achieved the amazing feat of getting me to watch an episode of “Family Guy,” a show I truly massively dislike and hate even seeing commercials for. Congrats on your work and the blast you had recording it.

  2. Twitter-related P.S.
    “We found the booth selling deep fried everything. Sadly, none of it was on a stick. Deep fried coke and twinkees, though.” FYI, you have the State Fair of Texas to thank (blame) for these items, notwithstanding recent fallacious bragging by some credit-hog at the California fair. A fellow named Abel Gonzalez, Jr., has won the fair’s food contests three years running, with the fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich (in honor of an Elvis exhibit), Fried Coke (which I tried but found overrated), and this year’s Fried Cookie Dough. Personally, my favorite new fried fair treat last year was the Fried Cosmopolitan, which was just scrumptious and worth the guilt. Here’s to yet another year of SFOT-going, having gone every year I could for as long as I can remember.

  3. I say stupid shit like that when I’m giddy and excited.
    Ha. Don’t feel bad. I met a celebrity once (a musician). Made a complete ass out of myself. I now make it a policy not to meet celebrities if I can at all avoid it. I’m actually able to type in complete sentences here because I can convince myself that you are not in fact reading my comments. If I thought you were, I’d probably be reduced to a blithering twelve-year-old. Again.

  4. Ahh… excllent!! (a la M. Burns) Ok, So I have been on my own personal hiatus from anything pc related for awhile, so I have been out of the loop Wil. Forgive me :P But reading your blog again is like a sweet home-coming with a fuzzy blanket and my favorite ice cream.
    meanwhile, please don’t give me any weird looks for asking, but whatever happened with that nickelodeon cartoon you were voicing for, the geek and goth girl one i think.
    takes me some time to get re-plugged in. I can see the matrix like extensions coming out of the pc now and slithering their way back into my brain. =^_^=

  5. I can’t wait. No, seriously I can’t wait. I’ll be preparing a break-in to the studio within the next week. I have the carrots and other items (ala Laverne and Shirly) all set to mock up my plan to sneak in a vent and avoid setting off the floor sensors.
    Ok seriously. That is so cool.
    Oh, and The First Duty is one of the best episodes of any ST ever. Moore’s work isn’t it? Great writing, great acting, nuff said.

  6. Oh please, PLEASE tell me you saw the Family Guy Star Wars episode last night. After reading this post, I figured you’d be crawling all over it! If the ST:TNG episode is half as funny as this past one, it will def make my top 5 Best Family Guy Episodes of All Time list. I can’t wait!
    Gigity-gigity…. alllll rriiigghhhtt!

  7. I don’t know squat about SNG but I just happened to trip over this site today and can totally relate to the relationship between you and Nolan. The maneuver he did with the 3 turtles had me rolling. I look forward to popping in for more real life stories. I’m a geek (computer programmer) myself, so some of your stories seem as if I could of wrote them.

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