Comedy Impact Report '08: Web Heads
As if heading up three different series (“American Dad,” “Family Guy” and forthcoming spinoff “The Cleveland Show”) weren’t responsibility enough, writer-producer-voice artist Seth MacFarlane decided to extend his reach even further by launching “Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy,” his first foray into Web animation.
Featured on YouTube and other partner sites, the series of 50 short episodes has racked up more than 14 million views — enough traffic to justify a second season.
On television, MacFarlane’s empire is still going strong: “Family Guy” reached its 100th episode last year, and “American Dad” was just renewed for a fifth season. Still, success takes its toll. “It’s absolutely exhausting,” admits MacFarlane, who found unlikely relaxation in the form of a voice-only role in “Hellboy II.” “It’s nice at times not to be the one who is ultimately responsible for the whole piece.”
For now, he remains focused on television, though he foresees the tube meshing with the Internet “almost certainly in the next 10 years.” Thanks to “Cavalcade,” he’s already in on the ground floor.