In just a few days, one of our all-time favorite shows, 30 Rock, will end its historic 7 year run on NBC with a big hour-long finale airing Thursday night (1/31) from 8:00-9:00 EST. The show is obviously deeply rooted with one of our other favorite shows, Saturday Night Live, as producer Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey, and Tracy Morgan have spent many years on both shows. The show was essentially inspired by Tina Fey's experiences working as head writer on SNL, so it should come as no surprise that 30 Rock and SNL have shared many actors. So in honor of this Thursday's finale, below is a lookback at all of the SNL cast members of past and present who have appeared on 30 Rock over the years. So go ahead and relive some great 30 Rock memories, and don't forget to watch the finale Thurday night on NBC!
Tina Fey, who served as head writer and Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live from 2000-2006, stars on 30 Rock as main character Liz Lemon. She's also the show's creator, producer, and often writes many of the episodes.
Tracy Morgan, who starred on SNL from 1996-2003, stars as actor Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock, in a role that's very much based on himself. In this season 1 clip, he releases to the world his hit single "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah":
Rachel Dratch left SNL with Tina Fey in 2006 to star on 30 Rock as the character of Jenna. The part was eventually recast with Jane Krakowski playing the part, but Rachel appeared throughout the first season as a different random character in each episode. In the clip below she plays a cat wrangler:
Chris Parnell plays NBC's in-house doctor Dr. Leo Spaceman (pronounced Spa CHE man). He has appeared on all 7 seasons of 30 Rock, and is one of our personal favorite characters. Here is a montage of some of his funniest medical moments: