Seth McFarlane Impression Of Him Was ‘Pretty Harsh,’ Ryan Lochte Says
Seth McFarlane isn’t known for a habit of pulling punches when it comes to celebrity roasting, and his season-opening appearance on Saturday Night Live took a very sharp series of jabs at Olympian Ryan Lochte, portraying him as a sort-of goobery dork and as pretty dopey.
In Seth McFarlane’s lines as Lochte, the Family Guy creator describes a new ABC show called Animal Practice, getting the title wrong before calling the show Go On “goon.” When corrected by Seth Meyers, McFarlane as Lochte decrees the show “goo-od,” before he is corrected to “good,” and he gives the shows “three swims” in an assessment:
The first one’s called Monkey Hospital … It’s a show about a monkey in a hospital. It’s so funny!
Lochte saw Seth McFarlane’s unflattering impression of him (which actually seems maybe a little like a rip-off of Jo Koy’s bit about Michael Phelps during his stand-up a few years ago), and while the Olympian has a good sense of humor about it and didn’t seem to get mad, he also said it was a bit mean, essentially.
Of Seth McFarlane’s SNL turn as him, Lochte explains:
“Well, I gotta admit that was a pretty harsh one, but it’s cool to have Seth parody me. I think he pegged me wrong, but when I heard he did a skit I knew I was in for it! … It’s all in fun, and of course, if I’m talked about on SNL, I know they are gonna get me ‘go-od.’”
Do you find Seth McFarlane’s celebrity ribbing to be funny, or is it too mean?