On the rear wall, perched on top of a wooden cabinet, is a silver tray of spirits, centred around a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniel’s. A substance which, eight years ago, was indirectly responsible for saving MacFarlane’s life. He was due to be on the American Airlines flight that hit the North Tower of the World Trade Centre on September 11, but missed the flight by ten minutes because he’d been boozing the night before.
This is the man, after all, in sole control of over $1 billion worth of some of the planet’s best comedy. On whose hunched shoulders the success of both American Dad!, and his other better-known series Family Guy, rest. The man who’s just added to his workload with a spin-off called The Cleveland Show, plus his own hugely successful YouTube channel and a feature-length Family Guy movie.