(CNN) - When former House Speaker Newt Gingrich walked up to a table in St. Elmo's Steak House in Indianapolis, he was truly stepping into a television shoot for NBC's "Parks and Recreation."
His early December appearance in the restaurant for a meal coincidentally came as the sitcom was filming an episode, according to The Indianapolis Star. The show's writers turned it into a cameo on the show which aired Thursday.
Gingrich is a fitting character on the show, which stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, the deputy director of the fictional Pawnee, Illinois' parks and recreation department.
His moment on screen is brief.
"Excuse me, sir - this is not your table," the restaurant's host says to Jerry Gergich, played by Jim O'Heir.
Gergich, an aide in the parks department, replies, "I thought you said the Gergich party."
"No, no," the host replies. "I said the Gingrich party."
As the former House speaker and presidential candidate appears, Gergich suggests, "Gingrich. Gergich. I wonder if we're related."
"I don't think so, Jerry," Gingrich replies.
He joins others in the Washington ranks who have made cameo appearances. His company includes Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and Sen. Olympia Snowe.
– CNN’s Gregory Wallace contributed to this report
Newt is one of my favorite Republicants. He's obviously intelligent and balanced but ...it's his character and ethics that I question.
Politician , Lobbyist and actor !
The man has Tiffany's bills he's gotta pay !
This guy is a pathetic idiot that cheated on multiple wives multiple times.
And everyone threw up!
Gringrich is now famous for what reason, you are now a star for a few minutes.
Newt Gingrich is not only a bigot, he sells bigotry for his own political gain.
OH, please tell me you honestly believe he had no clue this would be happening. He is almost as much of a media hound as Kim Kardashian. He would do almost anything to have his face on camera.
Lame.............. maybe he he should try vacationing at his summer palace on the moon next time.....