I’ve been traveling all over the world lately and am woefully behind on my TV watching… so I’m super late in pointing out the simply-best-ever musical finale of a quirky sit-com in the history of television. My heros at NBC’s show 30 Rock have written living organ donation into their plot for their last two episodes of this past season. Alec Baldwin’s character Jack went on a search for his biological father, discovering it was none other than a guy played by Alan Alda, who had no idea he had a son. Only to learn that daddy needs a kidney! In the big finale, Jack ropes in heavy celebrity names to host a benefit concert called “Kidney Now” to help find a kidney for his dad.
Queue big musical number: He Needs a Kidney! It stars Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Cyndi Lauper, the Beastie Boys, Clay Aiken, and many more. Genius. Brilliant. God bless 30 Rock.
If you’re in the U.S., you can watch the full episode for free on Hulu.com.
To help continue to raise awareness, they’ve made a music video of the song, too, which is available for six months on itunes. Click here to go straight to the download page.