Family gals

. July 15, 2013.

Alex BorsteinNo one would ever accuse the  long-running Fox sitcom “Family Guy” of being overly “family friendly,” but teens and adults alike can be taken with the show’s madcap pop-cultural riffing and relentless slaughtering of sacred cows. Now, locals can take advantage of a rare opportunity to meet with some of the minds behind the comedy landmark, when Alex Borstein and Ann Arbor’s own Cherry Cheva make a special appearance at the downtown library on Monday, November 8. Borstein is a veteran comic performer who made her mark on the cult sketch-comedy sensation “MadTV,” and has also appeared in Hollywood films, ranging from the classy (“Good Night and Good Luck”) to the mildly embarrassing (“Catwoman”). But she is best-known by far as the voice of Lois, “Family Guy’s” sweet-and-acerbic matriarch, whose brassy, nasal whine is unmistakable to anyone who’s caught even a single episode.

Local native Cheva is also no comedy slouch — she’s a “Family Guy” writer and producer, and also a successful writer of fiction for young adults. Cheva has published two novels on her own, “She’s So Money” and “Duplikate,” and in addition has co-written, with Borstein, a “Family Guy” tie-in book, “It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One,” written in the voice of the character Lois, and detailing her rise to power. The two women have clearly shown their comic chops and their creative chemistry together, so a chance to see them discuss their lives in show business shouldn’t be missed by any teen or adult who loves to laugh. 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4265. Cherry Cheva