Friday, May 15, 2009

30 Rock's Kidney Now Benefit

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Eighteen hours later, and I'm still cracking up over last night's 30 Rock finale, which featured Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Mike D and Ad Rock from the Beastie Boys, Michael McDonald, Adam Levine, Rhett Miller, Norah Jones, Talib Kweli, Moby, Robert Randolph, Steve Earle, Sheryl Crow, Clay Aiken, and Cyndi Lauper on the same soundstage. Fictional GE exec Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin, in his greatest role) called 'em all in for a "We Are the World"/"Do They Know It's Christmas?" type benefit to fund a kidney for his newfound biological father, Milton Greene, as played by Alan Alda.

NBC now has an entire page devoted to the Kidney Now phenomenon, complete with song lyrics and an iTunes download that benefits the National Kidney Foundation.

In a season that was rife with guest stars (Oprah, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Buscemi, Salma Hayek, and Steve Martin are just the tip of the iceberg), the finale was way over-the-top, but also pretty danged hilarious. The night's best one-liner, an obscure M*A*S*H reference,occurred when Alda spied Tracy Jordan sobbing, "There was no baby -- I was chicken" and retorted, "A guy crying about a chicken and a baby? I thought this was a comedy show!" Anyone else get it?

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