On Seth McMarflane, I once again quote one of my all-time favorite critical lines, from Robert Christgau: “Irony–an excuse for anything and a reason for nothing.”
…so they did just fire all the writers and have McFarlane and an intern copy and tweak some punchlines from The Lockhorns, right? The alternative is too horrifying to contemplate.
…djw in comments gets it exactly right:
“Occasionally, when done just right, offensive material can be very funny.”
“Being offensive is funny.”
Great comics understand the former, hacks like Mcfarlane don’t understand the difference between the two.