Most of us know Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein as Peter and Lois Griffin; the two are more recognizable for their cartoon personas and great voices than for their actual faces. (That’s probably part of why Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show didn’t do so well.) But before Family Guy got mainstream, Seth tried his hand at some more conventional acting. For instance, did you know that he and Alex had multiple guest roles on Gilmore Girls?
Seth worked with Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s husband Daniel Palladino on the 2000 Family Guy episode “Road to Rhode Island,” for which they were Emmy-nominated. So it makes sense that Daniel would throw his buddy a bone and have Seth appear in not one, but two, episodes early in the show’s run. The clip I found below, via The WB’s still functioning site, is of the 2002 episode “Lorelai’s Graduation Day.” Seth played a guy named Zach who attended business school with Lorelai (Lauren Graham), and it seems like these adults are all in the same boat. Then in swoops Emily Gilmore, who’s overcompensating for her daughter never graduating high school by hiring a film crew to document Lorelai’s low-key college graduation. Not surprisingly, Zach and the other graduates are not fans.
I remember the first time I watched this episode; I was probably online or reading while listening to the TV, but it was Seth’s distinctive voice — which at its normal tone sounds like Brian Griffin — that made me do a double-take at the TV. Though his jokes aren’t as politically incorrect as what he writes for himself on Family Guy, that acerbic tone is still there. The Palladinos seem to like reusing guest stars: They brought Seth back as an entirely different character the next season. Plus, I mentioned Alex Borstein—she also played two roles, that of the Independence Inn’s harp player Drella and (shrouded in age makeup) Emily’s mystic friend Miss Celine.
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