Whether he’s sporting law enforcement’s shortest shorts or partying with a pair of wealthy sisters at the turn of last century, Tom Lennon knows how to leave a lasting impression. If you’re anything like us, it’s a special delight to catch him on screen, especially when you didn’t know he was going to be there in the first place.
REUNITING WITH THE STATE ON @MIDNIGHT
Tom may be one of the most frequent panelists on @midnight, but it was this surprise reunion that made for one of his more memorable appearances. Joining his improv troupe and former co-stars from the early-90s MTV series “The State,” Tom used his second home on @midnight to remind viewers that yes, he’s still alive.
HANGING OUT AT THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL
The Meltdown is known for featuring as many notable comics offstage as it does onstage, so it’s no surprise that Tom has been hanging out behind the scenes. In fact, one of his noteworthy appearances happened the night that Garfunkel and Oates and Pete Holmes were on the show. Not to be outdone by Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci’s comedy-folk duo, Tom joins Pete and fellow Meltdown greenroom staple Kyle Kinane for a surprisingly catchy musical number of their own.
CREATING CLASS WARFARE ON ANOTHER PERIOD
Tom’s Marquis de Sainsbury has turned into a recurring character on Another Period, and his appearance in the show’s pilot episode helped set the tone for his character. The marquis picks the who’s who of early 20th century high-society, and he decides to pit the Bellacourt sisters against Helen Keller in a cocaine wine-drinking contest. The end results are exactly as you would expect: some slurred words and a lot of violence.
CRASHING CRASH TEST WITH ROB HUEBEL AND PAUL SCHEER
Reviving his Reno 911! role as Lieutenant Jim Dangle, Tom sent his fans’ hearts aflutter with his legendary confident-but-incompetent attitude and trademark leggy look. Tom appeared alongside Reno co-star and co-creator Ben Garant (also in character as Deputy Travis Junior) — only this time, they were two low-budget security guards cracking down on unsuspecting bus riders, which really could’ve been in the cards for the future Lieutenant Dangle and Deputy Junior.