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Garofalo to take guest spin on ‘West Wing’

Former ‘SNL’ cast member will play a Democratic media strategist
/ Source: The Associated Press

Janeane Garofalo will guest star as a controversial media strategist for three episodes on NBC’s “The West Wing” this fall.

Garofalo’s character, Louise Thornton, is hired by Democratic Congressman Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) as the new director of communications for his presidential campaign. She urges Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and the other staffers to stop playing politics and start concentrating on connecting with the electorate.

Her first appearance is expected to air Oct. 2, NBC said in a statement.

Garofalo, 40, was a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Her screen credits include “The Truth About Cats & Dogs” and “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”

She also has been a political commentator on the Air America Radio network.

The new season of “The West Wing” will premiere Sept. 25 (8 p.m. ET).