The season finale of the third season (2009) of 30 Rock featured a spoof of celebrities performing specially composed songs to save the rain forest, the American farmer, the children… with actual musical stars performing a special song to prompt kidney donations. It is disturbingly on target and funny. (Following the airing of this 30 Rock episode, NBC released the musical performance video of “He Needs a Kidney” with all proceeds from the sales going to the National Kidney Foundation.1 )
Musical guests included Clay Aiken, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, the Beastie Boys (Mike D and Ad Rock), Steve Earle, Adam Levine, Sara Bareilles, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Talib Kweli, Michael McDonald, Rhett Miller, Moby, Robert Randolph, Rachael Yamagata and Cyndi Lauper, all playing themselves.
Note: Originally posted May 15, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of AllanShowalter.com