'30 Rock's' John Lutz Will Become a Lab Rat for New Book Deal
John Lutz must be a masochist.
In what is another step down a meta comedy hole, the 30 Rock actor has some big plans for after the series ends: writing a book. On 30 Rock, Lutz plays a guy named Lutz (convenient!) who is a staff writer for the show-within-a-show, and who is constantly subjected to insults and scorn. Ironically, that'll prove solid training for his work on the book.
Called The Lutz Experiment, it will team him with Jami Zaki, a Stanford psychologist who will subject him to a series of psychological experiments, which they hope will create some more self-awareness and popularize the field -- Lutz majored in the subject at Valparaiso University.
"I try to do things that scare me," Lutz told The New York Times. "Even the idea of writing a book scared me. My wife had to be like, 'I think you should do this – it would be really good for you.' But I’ve never done that before, and it’s terrifying."
A Second City alum, Lutz (the real guy) wrote for Saturday Night Live before acting on 30 Rock.
The show keeps his character's sexuality as a running joke (though he has a website devoted to an online girlfriend), and "Shut up, Lutz," is one of the series' most-used phrases. Looks like he'll get the last word.
30 Rock ends its seven-year run this season.