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Oscar host MacFarlane wins laughs during rehearsal

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In this Jan. 13, 2013, file photo, Oscar host Seth MacFarlane presents the Academy nominations for the 85th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. MacFarlane may bring a cheekiness to Sunday's show that prods younger viewers to check out the Oscars just to see what he might pull. The 85th Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2013. Associated Press

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By The Associated Press
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 11:54 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Early reviews for Seth MacFarlane's Oscar-hosting skills are very positive.

Of course, the Academy Awards won't be presented until Sunday, but MacFarlane won laughs from the show's director during a rehearsal Thursday night inside the Dolby Theatre.

The 39-year-old entertainer wore jeans and sneakers as he practiced the various introductions he'll make on show night.

“Excellent. Looks really, really good, Seth,” director Don Mischer's voice boomed over a loudspeaker onstage. “You're getting lots of laughs in the control room.”

The jokes? We're sworn to secrecy but yes, very funny.

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