'Kimmy Schmidt' Season 3 Cameos & Guest Stars Include So Many Unexpected Celebs
Everybody’s favorite former Indiana "Mole Woman" is back! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Netflix sitcom by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock that stars Ellie Kemper as a former kidnapped cult member living a new life in New York City, has at long last returned for a third season. True to Fey and Carlock's signature style (remember, they also created the critically acclaimed NBC series 30 Rock together), the show’s always had lots of awesome cameos from stars like Jeff Goldblum, Joshua Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, and even Tina Fey in multiple roles. So which celebrities have cameos in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3? Spoilers for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3 are ahead!
Even if you don't count all the returning supporting cast from previous seasons (Hello there Jon Hamm, David Cross, Fred Armisen and Josh Charles!), there are a lot of brand new weirdos who show up to disrupt the lives of Kimmy, Titus, Lillian, and Jacqueline this season — and trust me when I tell you that all of them are completely hilarious. If you blew through this marathon as quickly as I did, here's a crash course on who everybody was and why they all looked so gosh dang familiar:
The most upsetting thing about Titus’s Sesame Street casting couch experience (other than the many double entendres, shudder) is that the guy playing the producer actually is a professional Muppeteer. You probably don’t know Bill Barretta just from looking at him, but you’ve absolutely seen his work before: he’s been playing Rowlf and the Swedish Chef since 1996. I, for one, will never look at those hands the same way again.
The superstar who did double duty as Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette every night in the original cast of Hamilton is playing a love interest for Kimmy Schmidt this season. He's Perry, a philosophy student struggling to pay his way through school.
In Episode 4, Laura Dern (of Jurassic Park and Big Little Lies fame) plays Wendy, a super brilliant go-getting woman with very bad taste in men. Come on, girl, is Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne really more impressive than Alan Grant? What happen to women inheriting the Earth?
Artie Goodman, the humble grocery story tycoon whom Lillian goes toe to toe with starting in Episode 4 is played by a comedy legend: Peter Reigart, who played Boon in National Lampoon’s Animal House, the President of NBC in the series finale of Seinfeld, and Lt. Kellaway in The Mask. Since then he’s been involved in more dramatic work, like his recurring roles on The Sopranos and Law And Order: Special Victims Unit.
If you almost didn’t recognize him without the hat, you’re not alone! Friedlander is best known for his role as Frank in 30 Rock, and it’s honestly surprising that it took him this long to show up in another one of Tina Fey’s sitcoms (although I’m sure he must be busy with stand-up). He’s also appeared in Wet Hot American Summer and in that Dave Matthews band music video where he hugged a bunch of people.
The FBI agent who pulls Kimmy Schmidt off the sidewalk also happens to be the same guy who plays Buddy Calhoun in the first few episodes of Veep’s newest season. Nice to know he landed on his feet after losing the Nevada gubernatorial race. (Bonus cameo! The other FBI agent in this scene is Daniel Breaker, is Virgil in Mozart In The Jungle and the current Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of Hamilton).
Adrienne C. Moore
Finally, Kimmy Schmidt is utterly embracing its home on Netflix in the form of a hilarious Orange Is The New Black crossover. We missed you, Black Cindy! Adrienne C. Moore also one had a bit part on the episode of 30 Rock where Liz Lemon and Criss Chros got married, so she’s been a part of the Fey family for a while.
Like all good reporters on sitcoms, Gus Rosendale is, in fact, an actual news anchor for WNBC in New York City. Also, I love that NBC passed on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and they still get a shout-out on the show, because Tina Fey never forgets her roots.
Another 30 Rock alum gets a chance in the spotlight! Technically it's not his first appearance on the show; he also voiced a talking snake in Season 2. Here, however, the former Pete Hornberger appears in the flesh as a voice actor who's ripped off Titus' signature style for a drug commercial.
Torpey, who plays overeager weatherman Drench Thunderman, also plays the new sociopathic CO Thomas Humphrey in Season 4 of Orange Is The New Black. Also, he played the head of Standards and Practices, Gaylord Felcher, during the later seasons of 30 Rock. Nice to see they're keeping the weird name tradition going.
It was obvious from the beginning that the unspoken trauma Titus experienced on that cruise would eventually be revealed in hilarious fashion — but that spectacular Dionne Warwick reveal still completely knocked me on my butt, in no small part because it was actually Maya Rudolph hamming it up.
Man, they are really going all out with the 30 Rock cameos this season1 Lutz has a brief role as the producer of Dionne Warwick's cruiseship musical.
Michael Benjamin Washington
Okay, so Michael's not a big name like Maya Rudolph, but he did play Tracy Morgan's fake illegitimate son in 30 Rock, Donald, so I'm gonna go ahead and count him, too.
Ray Liotta draws upon the vast experience he's picked up from playing so many detectives over the years to briefly star as the new owner of the gas station where Titus illegally poop. It makes sense in context, I promise.
The former SNL star has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo as an exceptional weirdo in the NFL owners meeting.
Remember the good old days of 30 Rock Season 1 where Dratch played a new character in every single episode? She's finally appeared in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Kimmy's erudite college professor — and her professor's wife. It's no Barbara Walters impersonation, but I'll take it!
Becky Ann Baker
In addition to starring in Freaks and Geeks and Girls, Baker here plays a helpful nurse at the hospital where Russ Snyder is recovering from being smooshed.
The current star of Great News (which is also produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock!) has a brief role as one of several Lindas. Also, fun fact: she had a cameo on 30 Rock too where she also complained about being left by someone named Gary. Maybe it's all the same Gary and he has a type?
Goodbye, David Cross! Thanks to lots of post-smooshing plastic surgery, now Russ Snyder literally has the face of a Disney prince. Specifically, Rapunzel's prince from Into The Woods.
The former star of The Good Wife stops by for a few episodes as the brother of Jacqueline's latest love interest, Russ (David Cross). He may be more handsome than his brother, but he is also The Worst.
Really, it was only a matter of time before Jacqueline was considered for a spot on the Real Housewives Of New York — and who else could be there to offer it to her but Andy Cohen himself?
Of course, the first thing Jim Gaffigan says in his cameo is food-based. Bless him. (Bonus: in the credits he's listed as "Officer Krupke!")
What, a car can't be a celebrity?
All these cameos are great, of course, but they're just the icing on the amazing cake that is this show. Seriously, it time for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 yet?
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