Throughout the past few seasons they have used Conway Twitty as a distraction from the regular plot of the episode (including some really really long interruptions).

Why has Conway Twitty appeared as a distraction in Family Guy?


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Although there is no hard and fast official answer for this (at least not an obvious one), Conway Twitty used to be known as The High Priest of Country Music and held sway over his audience, often being described as 'mesmerizing'.

To this end, the makers of Family Guy have used his live performances as a distraction whenever a particularly bad taste joke or situation arises. Quoting from a wiki entry on Twitty:

In the show, one of the characters, usually Peter Griffin, needing a distraction, turns to the camera and says "Ladies and gentlemen... Mr. Conway Twitty,"

Seth Mcfarlane has long been recognized for pushing the envelope regarding how long to sustain a gag, exemplified by the inclusion of an entire Twitty song lasting well over 3 minutes in the episode The Juice is Loose.

For a more detailed breakdown of the songs and their appearances, go to the Family Guy Wiki page dedicated to Conway Twitty.

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    Almost certainly part of the decision was that the episode was running short so they needed something to fill time. They used to use the chicken fighting scenes but I guess they ran out of ideas for those and got lazy. May 17, 2012 at 9:05
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    I hope you don't mind if I respectfully disagree, GisgruntledGoat, but I don't think either the Twitty videos or the chicken fight are used as time fillers. For one thing, the effort it takes to animate those fight scenes is considerable and I am sure the FG writing team isn't that hard up for material. I maintain my original proposal, that McFarlane et al are just seeing how far they can take a gag (this is a Family Guy tradition), just look at The Bird is the Word, or 'Cool Whip'. Playing a whole Twitty video is so out there, and yet we can't help but continue to watch - the joke's on us.
    – Nobby
    May 17, 2012 at 14:56
  • Mind you, there is precedent in animated sitcoms for extending gags to the extreme in order to fill time. A famous example of this is the 5th-season Simpsons episode "Cape Feare": the scene where Sideshow Bob accidentally hits himself in the face a with rake was made almost ten times longer in order to make up for a shortfall in running time. The producers discovered that this made the scene even funnier.
    – Psychonaut
    Feb 5 at 17:03

Here is an interview that Seth MacFarlane did with Kevin Pollak where he actually asks him about that specifically. http://www.kevinpollakschatshow.com/archive/?cat=202 The discussion of the overall theme of the long running joke that Family Guy does starts at around 1:03:00 The last of the discussion is at 1:11:00. The specific Conway Twitty cutaway part is discussed at 1:05:27. It's a good two hour long interview.

Basically there are two elements to the gag. One is that this primetime expensive airtime that advertisers are paying for is being used in this ridiculous way especially with (in Seth MacFarlane's opinion) such an uncharismatic performer as Conway Twitty. The other element is that a joke like this (also the hurt knee, chicken fight, Bird is the Word) is that it follows a formula of really funny-horrible-hilarious. First the audience laughs,then they don't, then they hate it, then they once again think it's fun and even funnier than at first. It has to be followed through with completely.

The intro is in the style of variety shows of 70's (Hee-Haw, Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie, Johnny Cash). Other examples of this type of joke are given in the interview and I would like to add Any Kaufman reading Moby Dick to the list.


It's because the writers noticed a resemblance between Seth MacFarlane and Conway Twitty and decided to poke fun at him.

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    Do you have a reference for this?
    – Tablemaker
    Dec 16, 2012 at 7:54
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    I just googled images of both, and I don't see a close resemblance without squinting. However, I suppose if the alley were dark, and the cops provided only 1 image to try to trick me into picking the wrong perpetrator, I MIGHT be led that way.
    – wbogacz
    Jan 11, 2013 at 18:14

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