California must have somehow stumbled into one of those slapstick body-switching movies: Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger has become governor, Gray Davis has taken up… acting.
The former governor will play himself on an episode of the CBS laffer “Yes, Dear” later this month.
“Yes, Dear” exec producers Alan Kirschenbaum and Greg Garcia said they thought it would be funny to cast Davis on an episode, and called his office on a lark. To their surprise, the former governor said yes.
It’s likely Davis — who earned kudos for his gracious concession speech when voters opted to recall him from the job late last year — has been looking for ways to rehab his image, and goofing on a TV sitcom probably seemed like a good start.
“If a politician has been involved in a difficult situation, one of the best things to do is go on TV and poke fun at yourself,” Kirschenbaum said. “This is his first step at showing people that life goes on, to have a sense of humor.”
The episode takes place in downtown L.A. at the Staples Center, where lead characters Greg (Anthony Clark) and Jimmy (Mike O’Malley) wind up in the Lakers’ owners box with their fathers (Jerry Van Dyke, Tim Conway).
Conway’s character strikes up a conversation with Davis, which turns ugly after Davis refuses to drink from the same soda can as Conway. Conway then makes a crack about how Davis managed California — and the two end up brawling.
“Part of the comedy is, here is the moment Gray Davis finally snaps,” Kirschenbaum said.
Lakers exec VP Jeanie Buss also guests as herself in the episode, which was slated to tape over the weekend at the Staples Center.
The 20th Century Fox TV/CBS Prods. sitcom has attracted several guests of late, including country music superstars Trace Adkins and Travis Tritt.