Newly announced Oscar host Seth MacFarlane wasn't exactly plucked from obscurity, but given that he is, as I've said in Variety, "arguably the least-known face to stand alone as the kudofest's emcee in its televised history," here's an introduction to his on-camera persona for the uninitiated.
Let's start with this video released today that offers a hint of what his Oscar sensibility — or at least Oscar-promotional sensibility — might be.
Here is MacFarlane a year ago at Comedy Central's roast of Charlie Sheen (more such clips available here):
And here is MacFarlane hosting September's season premiere of "Saturday Night Live." His opening monologue definitely played to fans of "Family Guy," before he shifted into song.
MacFarlane as a presenter at the Sept. 23 Emmys:
And here's MacFarlane doing a straight interpretation of "Singin' in the Rain" at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2009.