Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 4, 2012
Now that she’s done preventing the United States from falling off the fiscal cliff (for now), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has another project on her hands: her first guest-starring role on a scripted prime time television show.
The former House Speaker will be appearing in the series finale of 30 Rock later this month, the NBC comedy about the behind-the-scenes world of a fictional television sketch comedy starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. The episode is set to air on Thursday January 31st at 8:00pm Eastern, and will also feature Julieanne Moore and Ice-T as guest stars.
It is believed that the House Majority Leader did play herself in the episode, which was shot in early December.
Pelosi, a “huge” fan of show runner and creator Fey, told the Washington Post, “I would do almost anything Tina Fey asks me to do. I’m flattered that they asked me to make a cameo in the series finale. I had a lot of fun.” In 2010, Pelosi held a reception for the actress at the Capitol when she won the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize.
30 Rock is known for its rich body of guest stars throughout the years, including A-list actors like Matt Damon and Jennifer Aniston, and my personal favorite, the Phillie Phanatic. The House Majority Leader joins a long list of politicos who have made a cameo on the show, including former Vice President Al Gore, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Pelosi’s appearance will also make her the second top Democrat to appear on an NBC show this season. In November, Vice President Joe Biden appeared in the season premiere of Parks and Recreations.
The California lawmaker is no stranger to television, having made previous appearances on several daytime and late night network talk shows including the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Charlie Rose Show, in addition to more run-of-the-mill political talk shows and Sunday morning Beltway shows.