Larry David Presents: 20 Showrunners Who Appeared On Their Own Shows

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02.14.14 17 Comments

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In his recap of last Sunday’s pants-pooping True Detective, Cajun Boy wrote, “I was fairly certain that the bartender in the strip club Hart visits to try to track down Tyrone Weems was True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto wearing a t-shirt that reads ‘Kiss Me I’m An A$shole.’ A quick check of IMDB this morning did confirm he had an acting credit.” I thought he played the young black kid, but CB’s probably right.

Pizzolatto appearing on his own show only makes him the latest in a long line of showrunners who have done the same thing, whether because they needed an actor/actress at the last second or because they’re narcissistic monsters like Kurt Sutter. Here are 20 notable showrunner cameos, not including obvious examples like Alfred Hitchcock, Mindy Kaling, or Dog with a Blog.

Chris Carter on The X-Files

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David Chase on The Sopranos

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Larry David on Seinfeld

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Paul Feig on Freaks and Geeks

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Matt Groening on The Simpsons

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Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer on The Venture Bros.

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Dan Harmon on Community

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Winnie Holzman on My So-Called Life


Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko on Avatar: The Last Airbender


Bill Lawrence on Scrubs

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Damon Lindelof on Lost (he “played” John Locke’s hand)

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Graham Linehan on The IT Crowd

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David Lynch on Twin Peaks

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Ronald D. Moore on Battlestar Galactica

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David Simon on The Wire

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Aaron Sorkin on The West Wing

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J. Michael Straczynski on Babylon 5

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Kurt Sutter on Sons of Anarchy

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Carter Bays and Craig Thomas on How I Met Your Mother

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Joss Whedon on Angel

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