Celebrities testifying on Capitol Hill is nothing new. Last year, Kevin Costner pitched his invention for cleaning up oil spills and Tim Gunn testified about extending copyright protection to fashion designers. But life will imitate art tomorrow when one Hollywood actor testifies before Congress.
The last time actor Alec Baldwin “testified” before a Congressional committee, it was as his fictitious character Jack Donaghy on the TV show “30 Rock.”
In the episode, Baldwin as Donaghy told co-star Tina Fey, "I have to run, Lemon. I have an appointment in Washington. The hearings on the Kabletown/NBC deal are underway. And the company has entrusted me to be their front man."
Baldwin had better hope his pitch for funding the National Endowment for the Arts goes better than his fictional pitch for a company merger.
Queen Latifah, playing a Congresswoman, put Donaghy on the hot seat, demanding to know, "why is it that NBC looks about as diverse as a Wilco concert?"
Donaghy replies, "we have Anthony Anderson, the star of 'Law and Order,' which is entering it’s 21st …" His assistant whispers information in his ear. "What?" Donaghy asks him, "why did we cancel it? That doesn’t make any sense."
Of course, Baldwin’s used his corporate character to do a little pitching for public radio of late. In one spot, he purrs, "public radio, with its lack of hot, buxom starlets, its deluded sense of seriousness, its pathetic faith that ideas still matter: it has no place in today’s media landscape. So please, this pledge drive: don’t give."
Baldwin will join Kevin Spacey testifying before a House Appropriations subcommittee about the importance of arts education for the 24th annual Arts Advocacy Day.