• Newt Gingrich Crashes "Parks and Recreation"

    Newt Gingrich walks into St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis and runs into Rob Lowe.

    That sounds like the beginning of great joke, and it probably will be

    The former speaker of the House stumbled upon production of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" on Monday at the 110-year-old palace of beef [...]. "Parks and Recreation" co-creator Mike Schur quickly huddled with the episode’s writer and director to incorporate Gingrich into the script.

    Gingrich admitted he'd never seen the show before, but to no one's surprise he jumped at the chance to play himself and even bragged about having "a small role on a Candice Bergen show many years back" (code for "Murphy Brown").

    There's something to be said for politicians who have a sense of humor. I guess after multiple failed presidential bids and marriages, you have to laugh at yourself or you'll just seem like an angry, bitter old hypocrite.

    And if you can't laugh at yourself, you should at least be smart enough to weasel your way onto a beloved hit television show so other people can laugh at you.

    Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Contributor/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images

    Tags: Amy Poehler, Indiana, Newt Gingrich, Parks and Recreation


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