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When “30 Rock” rides into the sunset on January 31st, viewers will be left with tons of hilarious memories of the core cast - Tina Fey (Liz Lemon), Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy), Tracy Morgan (Tracy Jordan), Jane Krakowski (Jenna Maroney), Jack McBrayer (Kenneth Parcell) and all those behind the scenes on “TGS With Tracy Jordan”. But one of the most consistent reasons to love the show has been the variety of its guest stars. Given the talent pool involved, the list of Top 30 “30 Rock” guests is likely to be different, but here our picks are in no particular order.

1.Ghostface Killah as Himself (Season 1)

As the first celeb to play himself on “30 Rock,” the Wu-Tang Clan man tapped his way through Jenna Maroney's episode-ending performance of “Muffin Top,” setting the tone for the show's slightly crooked feel in the selection of guest stars.

2. Chris Parnell as Dr. Leo Spaceman (Seasons 1 - 7)

Although now serving the greater benefit of the US Surgeon General, Leo Spaceman spent much of the "30 Rock" run offering medical advice of dubious merit to the cast and crew of "TGS". Although he is reportedly a graduate of the Ho Chi Minh City School of Medicine and appears in the Writers Guild Health Manual under Fertility, Meth Addiction, and Child Psychiatry, there are numerous reasons to suspect that the "Dr." who appears in front of Spaceman's name Quotation marks, not least of which his credo is: "Science is whatever we want!"

3. Dean Winters as Dennis Duffy (Seasons 1 - 7)

Liz Lemon's longest-running ex-boyfriend repeatedly turned out to be an indifferent part of cold and bad Penny, stayed regularly for long periods of time and, after he had inevitably received Liz's boot, came back when his presence was neither desired nor desired was desired. On the flip side, he kept the beepers cool for a short time and was half successful in turning the word "dummy" into a nickname, so he was not without his merits.

4. Paul Reubens as Prince Gerhard Messerschmidt Ramstein Von Hap (Season 1)

In a 2011 GQ interview, Tina Fey described the episode with Reubens, who portrays a completely disconcerting performance as an Austrian inbred child who dies before the credits, as a key in the series' history. "It was the last episode we shot before we were supposed to get our (season 2) pickup," said Fey. “When we were on set, we joked that the episode was called, Black Tie, but it should be goodbye America! '" Be called.

5.Isabella Rossellini as Bianca Donaghy (Season 1)

During her all-too-brief two-episode stint as Jack Donaghy’s ex-wife, the gift from Blue Velvet star Gravitas transformed the line, “Dammit, Johnny, you know I love my big beef and cheddar!” In comedy gold.

6. Will Arnett as Devon Banks (Seasons 1-7)

Jack Donaghy's boss may have changed over the years, from Don Geiss (Rip Torn) to Kathy Geiss (Marceline Hugot) to Hank Hooper (Ken Howard), but his archenemy has stayed the same from start to finish. With a lust for power and Kenneth Parcell, Devon Banks seldom missed the opportunity to gain any advantage over Jack and suddenly shifted his loyalty if it would help him get the upper hand. Unfortunately it never does.

7. Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy (Seasons 1 - 7)

It's hard to say who suffered more in Colleen and Jack's mother-son relationship, but Colleen Donaghy proved to be one of the funniest - and bitchiest - mothers on television from the character's first appearance to their undeniably epic funeral.

8. Carrie Fisher as Rosemary Howard (Season 2)

Though Fisher Gamely delivered the mandatory Princess Leia riff ("Help me, Liz Lemon, you are my only hope") as one of Liz's heroes, she wrote of her true role in giving a message about how comedy doesn't always translates well from one generation to the next.

9. Paul Scheer as Donny Lawson (Season 2)

Jack isn't the only “30 Rock” character with an archenemy: During the second season, Kenneth argued regularly with his NBC colleague Donny. Unfortunately, their “page-off” was interrupted by Pete before a true winner could be declared.

10. David Schwimmer as Jared a.k.a. Greenzo (season 2)

After “Friends” left the air in 2004, the actor formerly known as Ross Geller stepped off the small screen on a grand scale, but made a memorable one-off return to the sitcom world to play a face-to-face mascot for global warming awareness, the sudden success of which leads to the development of a planet-sized ego.

11.Al Gore as Himself (Seasons 2 and 4)

When Greenzo got too big for his pants, Jack tried to trick the former vice president, but other things caught his attention and required a hasty exit. ("A whale is in trouble! I have to go!") A few years later, Gore reappeared to assist the TGS offices in their endeavor to go green by changing a few lightbulbs and converting a dirty snack table into one transformed lush garden. As befits an environmentalist, Gore also recycled its “a wal is in trouble” parent line. While an admirable gesture, it was funnier the first time.

12.Buck Henry as Dick Lemon (Seasons 2 and 5)

Given the “30 Rock’s” premise and the origins of its creators, it is not surprising how many former “Saturday Night Live” performers have appeared as guests. But Tina Fey added an extra touch of class by bringing 10 times the “SNL” host - and not to forget, co-creator of “Get Smart” and screenwriter of “The Graduate” - Buck Henry, to play her father.

13. Andy Richter as Mitch Lemon (Season 2)

On other family matters, Fey also scored points for Conan O'Brien's longtime buddy playing her brother, and then gave the character a neurological disorder where he constantly believes he's in high school around 1985. This gave him the ability to use pick-up lines like, “Do you like Wham? Because I'm a bit like the George Michael of my school ... "

14.Tim Conway as Bucky Bright (Season 2)

In another nod to her comedy roots, Fey called a star cast on The Carol Burnett Show to play "a big TV star in her 40s, 50s and fall 1972" who turned out to be sexist , racist, anti-Semitic and some other unsavory adjectives.

15. Oprah Winfrey as Herself ... Kind of (Season 3)

After washing down a few comanaprosil ("Can Cause Dizziness, Sexual Nightmares, and Sleep Crimes") with a mixed drink to help her get through a flight, Liz hallucinates that the person sitting next to her was none other than Oprah Winfrey. When the drugs came off, the illusion was badly shattered - “Oprah” turned out to be a cheeky tween named Pam, who looked little like the talk show queen.

16.Jennifer Aniston as Claire Harper (Season 3)

With another former "boyfriend" on the guest star roster, Aniston appeared in season three as an old friend of Liz whose hobbies included non-stop partying and bleeding man dryness. Of course, one could argue that the more impressive guest star in the episode titled "The One with the Cast of 'Night Court'" was commented on by Harry Anderson, Markie Post and Charles Robinson.

17. Steve Martin as Gavin Volure (Season 3)

Martin played an eccentric and supposedly agoraphobic Jack businessman who fell for Liz and convinced her that she had finally found the perfect anti-social soulmate. But he broke her heart when he revealed he was under house arrest for arson and fraud.

18.Peter Dinklage as Stewart (Season 3)

Although his stay with one of Liz ‘friends was short - stop it! - The future “Game of Thrones” star still made a big impression in his one appearance.

19. Jon Hamm as Dr. Drew Baird (Seasons 3 to 5)

In a recurring role referred to by television historians as "the time the guy from 'Mad Men' was showing everyone he was hot and hilarious," Hamm played Liz's pediatrician neighbor, who, she soon discovered, was so incredibly handsome that he would subconsciously manipulate everyone around him in order to live a life to perfection. Of course, Liz burst the bubble he'd lived in and sent him into the real world, a place that eventually led him to lose both hands (one in a fireworks explosion, the other in a helicopter accident). Even without a hand, it's still pretty hot.

20. Alan Alda as Milton Greene (Seasons 3 and 5)

After years of secrecy about his birth father's identity, Jack was horrified to learn he shared DNA with Milton Greene, a decidedly liberal professor at Bennington College. Greene's biggest moment on the show came when his failing kidney inspired Jack to hold a charity concert with a number of artists including Clay Aiken, the Beastie Boys, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald, and many more. (It is revealed a few seasons later that Elvis Costello, always the gentle touch, gave Greene one of his kidneys.)

21. Jeff Dunham as Rick Wayne (Season 4)

Hipsters may not admit enjoying Jeff Dunham's ventriloquist act, but even the cool kids can appreciate his appearance on “30 Rock,” where his redneck fool Bubba J - or Pumpkin, as he is hereinafter called - one Liz let out a rude tirade as she started bumping into him. It ended with Jack being seriously pounded by Jack ... to the point of beheading. Good times.

22.Buzz Aldrin as Himself (Season 4)

In an effort to surpass his accomplishments as an Apollo 11 pilot on the lunar module, Aldrin showed up at 30 Rock, where he had preceded his mission to the moon because he was the first love of Liz Lemon's mother, Margaret (Anita Gillette).

23.Matt Damon as Carol Burnett (Seasons 4 and 5)

No, not this Carol Burnett, silly. Damon played a flight captain who started a relationship with Liz who started out strong but ended up falling apart when they realized they were both too stubborn to exercise.

24. Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup (Seasons 4 through 6)

Jack's list of former girlfriends is a mile long and includes a former Secretary of State (Condoleeza Rice), an art dealer (Emily Mortimer), a Democratic Congresswoman (Edie Falco), his mother's nurse (Salma Hayek) and of course the inevitable high school Crush he still has feelings for (Julianne Moore). But the group's MVP has to be conservative CNBC commentator Avery Jessup. This isn't because they got married and had a child together, but because Elizabeth Banks had the longest time of Jack's romantic interests and, in return, laughed more than anyone else.

25. Will Forte as Paul L’Astnamé (Seasons 4 to 7)

Despite appearing as a different character for the first time on the series, Forte made his biggest impression as the Jenna Maroney impersonator, who later marries Jenna Maroney, and at Jack's mother's funeral, no less! (Accordingly, he takes both her first and last name.)

26. Michael Keaton (Season 5)

The star of “Night Shift”, “Mr. Mom and Multiplicity haven't had enough comedic roles in the last couple of years, so it was a real treat to see him appear on the show's hundredth episode as a maintenance man on a gas leak at 30 Rock.

27.John Slattery as Steve Austin (Season 5)

After getting good returns from one Mad Men star, why not bring another one? Slattery played a Rhode Island political candidate who backed Jack Donaghy until Jack discovered the man was a total nut job, with a platform centered around returning to the sentiments of the Founding Fathers, including dirt roads and legalized slavery. Even then, Jack was so anxious to see Regina Bookman (Queen Latifah) lose that he gave Austin a fundraiser anyway. Be noble, Jack.

28.Weird Al Yankovic As Himself (Season 6)

Jenna got into a feud with Al when he parodied one of her songs and inspired her to team up with Tracy and write a new track that was impossible to parody. But the end result sounded so ridiculous that Al responded by turning it into a serious song, which made her even angrier.

29 and 30. Bryan Cranston and Catherine O’Hara as Ron and Pearline (Season 7)

Some linkages are just too strong to separate, so we're closing with a twofer and putting those “Breaking Bad” and “SCTV” symbols in the spotlight along with Kenneth's mother Pearline and her “friend” Ron, Kenneth's stepfather was in the past seven years. The real highlight is the short but sweet duet between Cranston and O’Hara. It couldn't be better.

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