by Kelly Bedard
If given the chance to meet just one celebrity in my life, it wouldn't take long for me to come up with a remarkably short list of whom I would choose. Very near the top of that list would be the endearing and multi-talented Seth MacFarlane.
If you watch an interview with the Family Guy/American Dad/Cleveland Show creator/showrunner (preferably his superb episode of The Kevin Pollak Chat Show), his easy charm, quick wit and everyman humility are so irrefutably endearing that it's hard not to fall in love with him.
Now the highest-paid showrunner in TV history, MacFarlane began his career as an animator who got his start working at the classics-factory cartoon house Hanna-Barbera.
Then, of course, when the multi-talented magnate signs a deal to put out an album, he pulls directly at my heartstrings by making it an album of lesser-known jazz standards and including the occasional nod to old school musical theatre (with the Gigi classic "The Night They Invented Champagne" and The Sound of Music's best tune, "Something Good").
There are celebrities who captivate the imagination, convincing you that they are truly wonderful and fun human beings. Then there are intelligent and genuinely funny writers. There are people with excellent taste and interesting interests. There are gifted voice performers, good animators and those in possession of a truly memorable singing voice. My cynical brain is insistent that such positive qualities have to be mutually exclusive. But then there's Seth MacFarlane...