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.
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.
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.