Cheers to Vanessa Minnillo for her surprisingly solid 30 Rock guest spot.
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Nothing in the teen beauty queen-turned-VJ's resumé suggested she could hold her own opposite Emmy winner Tina Fey
, but she was sharp, fast and funny as Carmen Chao, an MSNBC anchor of indeterminate ethnicity (in real life, Minnillo's the product of an Irish-Italian dad and a Filipina mom). In an attempt to help Jack's wife, Avery, outmaneuver Carmen for an
NBC Nightly News
gig, Fey's Liz faked a pregnancy — leading to another predictably hilarious cameo from proven funnyman Brian Williams.Next Minnillo will guest star with her fiancé, Nick Lachey
, on CBS' freshman hit Hawaii Five-0
as an engaged couple taken hostage by pirates aboard a cruise ship. Eat your heart out, Jessica Simpson!Were you shocked by Vanessa Minnillo's comic chops?
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