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This still is from 30 Rock season 3 episode #14, "The Funcooker":

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30 Rock is known for its attention to detail and its endless pursuit of even minor jokes and sight gags, so I am willing to bet that the face on the cover of this magazine is some crush of Liz's that is mentioned at some point, either in previous or subsequent episodes. (Is it Astronaut Mike Dexter, by any chance?)

So. Can anyone figure out who's on the cover of this magazine? Is it a reference to anything, within or outside of the 30 Rock canon? Bonus points: is this a real issue of Playgirl?

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The girl looks like the offspring of an unholy liaison between C3PO ans princess Leila. –  Erwin Brandstetter Dec 17 at 17:37

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Yes, it is a real issue. It is the December 1979 issue (Special Christmas Issue) of Playgirl magazine, and the person on the cover is Nick Nolte.

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Ah, but what is the joke behind this, I wonder? (Don't personally like the series so not sure if Nick Nolte himself is a joke of it) –  TylerShads Apr 26 '12 at 20:51
    
If I knew, I'd type in :) –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Apr 26 '12 at 21:01
    
Ah, interesting! In the episode, Liz mentions her issues of Playgirl from the early eighties. December 1979 just barely fails to make the cut :) –  abby hairboat Apr 26 '12 at 21:03
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If anyone has any examples of Nick Nolte being a bit in 30 Rock, please add them to Mehper's excellent answer! –  abby hairboat Apr 26 '12 at 21:03
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Nick Nolte was once up for the role of Han Solo, but missed out on it - maybe that is the connection. –  Nobby Apr 27 '12 at 0:55

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