Padma Lakshmi mocks herself, Top Chef, and the Glad family of products on 30 Rock

When I saw a preview of Padma Lakshmi’s guest appearance on 30 Rock, I thought she was, well, terrible, and this didn’t bode well for her future in sit-coms.

But the one line highlighted in the previews turned out to be out of context, and she was quite funny. The writing gets most of the credit for the humor, from the joke about Padma creating her own line of sandwich bags to her complaints about Top Chef‘s demands on her, but she gets credit for making fun of herself and pulling it off convincingly. As a bonus, she seems far less annoyed as she has all season on the Bravo show.

Watch the full episode to see her appearance in context, but here’s the part where she appears (her scene alternates with one featuring Tina Fey, so stay with it):

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.