30 ROCK’s Hilarious “Kidney Now!” Video


There were a lot of season finales last night, some good (Grey’s Anatomy), some bad (Bones) and one hilarious—30 Rock. Gah, I laughed out loud several times. But you don’t have to be a Rock fan to appreciate the music video below.

baldwin & aldaThe background story is that Jack (Alec Baldwin) finds his real dad, Milton Green (Alan Alda), just in time for the older man to say he needs a kidney. Jack’s not a match so he decides to cash in all his favor chips to get his famous friends to collaborate on a “We Are the World”-type song, encouraging people to donate a kidney to Green.

Those who participate include Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello (so Jack wouldn’t reveal his real identity as Declan MacManus, international art thief), Maroon 5’s Adam Levine (only so he can punch Costello in the back of the head when he’s not looking), Mary J. Blige (who has her own charity raising money to locate the Loch Ness Monster), Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles, Clay Aiken, Michael McDonald, Wyclef Jean and Cyndi Lauper.

Best lines from the song:

“Listen, when someone starts talking in the middle of a song, you know it’s serious.”

“Sometimes one is better than two…if you had two dogs attacking you, you’d want just one.”

“I’m one of the drunk ones.”

“He needs a kidney, no, he doesn’t need a hand, he just needs a kidney. A hand would be an even harder thing to give…”

But don’t take my word for it. Watch the video and tell me what your favorites lines are.


7 responses to “30 ROCK’s Hilarious “Kidney Now!” Video

  1. I don’t watch much TV, even a 30Rock type show isn’t tempting enuf, but thanks for this Vid clip!

  2. LOL. Cyndi Lauper: “I’m one of the drunk ones.”

    Thanks for clip and post, PCN.

  3. It’s always nice to know who’s drunk when doing a vidio, isn’t it?

    Loved it! I’m almost thinking about giving Milton a kidney, hahaha.

    30 Rock is great.

  4. displacedbrett

    Absolutely hilarious. Kidney Now has got to be one of the most genius things that 30 Rock has done this season, and that’s saying a lot. I like how they are able to satirize the whole celebrity song for a cause thing while also truly spreading the word about this cause.

    Great celebrity cast, good idea to include Cyndi ‘We are the World” Lauper and I was also way happy to see Rhett Miller lending his vocals to the cause, too. I’ve been anxiously waiting for his new album to come out next month, but for now I’m happy just to see him on 30 Rock.

    • popculturenerd

      Good point about spreading the word re: kidney donation while ridiculing celebrity charity songs. 30 Rock is the only show on TV right now that consistently makes me laugh out loud and then rewind to hear all the hilarious lines I missed. They also used the celeb guest stars wisely, not just as jump-the-shark stunt casting. It was so funny when Sheryl Crowe and Adam Levine pretended to be European, with Levine doing a good Borat imitation!

  5. I finally watched the whole show on my dvr. That was hilarious. Thanks for posting it.

  6. What a great cast for that video! They should do a “making of” video for it. I bet they were cracking up like crazy!

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