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On Saturday, Seth MacFarlane made his presence known at Comic-Con with two back to back panels for Family Guy and The Cleveland Show. After the past few years of attending MacFarlane's panels we knew about what to expect: vulgar humor which would have thousands of people laughing uncontrollably. And this year didn't disappoint.

Knowing the fervor of the crowd to see clips from the show, MacFarlane decided to surprise the audience by beginning the Family Guy panel with a lengthy highlight reel for the upcoming Family Guy Star Wars special "It's A Trap." Parodying Return of the Jedi, this special would continue of the tradition of "Blue Harvest" and "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" by doing a scene by scene parody of the film with all the humor you would expect from the show. While they did comment that it would be the last Star Wars (or any other movie for that matter) parody, they assured us that "It's A Trap" would be worth it when it arrives on December 21st.

The clip started out with the family sitting in front of the television like the previous two specials, and upon the lights going out again Stewie glibly states, "We're doing Jedi aren't we?" From there we are given the Star Wars crawl, this time with self deprecating comedy, geared towards being forced to yet another special, and the difficulty of creating these episodes. The rest of trailer consisted of short snippets of scenes from the episode, including: a guest appearance by American Dad's Roger (the alien) as an Imperial officer greeting Vader to the new Death Star, Jabba's palace being guarded by Consuela, Alec Baldwin as Jabba the Hutt, the Sarlacc monster being played by Meg, Carrie Fisher voicing Mon Mothma, another American Dad guest appearance, this time by Klaus as Admiral Ackbar, and the ewoks fighting off the Empire – the ewoks all look like the bears from The Cleveland Show. The footage for "It's A Trap" was kept to nine minutes, and what was shown was very funny.

Once the Star Wars footage (and the audience's applause) was over, the panel made their way out. From the moment they all stepped on stage it was pretty obvious that we were all going to be treated to a good time. Immediately starting with the off-color comedy, MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Patrick Warburton all did their best to give the thousand fans in attendance the best hour possible… and they did.

But it wasn't all comedy as we were given bits of information about the upcoming season. Rattling off story ideas, some of the best teases we heard were: Stewie will go to the North Pole in the episode "Road to the North Pole" in order to kill Santa, Lois did porn and we'll get to see it, Mayor West marries Lois' sister, Brian will be interviewed on the live action Bill Maher Show after creating a self help book, there will be an hour-long Christmas episode featuring three musical numbers, in the episode "Friends of Peter G" Peter joins AA – where there will be a musical number, the season premiere will be a murder mystery based off the Agatha Christie book And Then There Were None and Clue, and while it wasn't mentioned where or when, all three fathers from Seth MacFarlane's shows will appear in a scene together. Going off of just those ideas, it looks as though there will be plenty of hilarious material for Family Guy's 9th season.

After an entertaining Q&A session, where no fan was safe from criticism, we were treated to a big surprise in a live performance by Seth MacFarlane to cap off the panel. In a way to stick it to Sarah Palin and the easily offended, MacFarlane decided to do a live performance of "Down Syndrome Girl." With the scene playing on the screens, minus the vocal track, MacFarlane took to the podium and belted out the song with no errors. The nearly perfectly synced song got the majority of the theater on their feet as the fans in attendance laughed, whistled and clapped for the performance and a panel well worth their time.



For the breakdown of The Cleveland Show's panel, containing news and a big parody on SDCC itself, check out the next page.

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