November 30th, 2010
06:15 PM ET
Believe it or not, that is Jason Lee under that wig and all that makeup on Tuesday night's episode of "Raising Hope."
Lee guest stars on the new hit show as washed-up '80s hair band singer, Smokey Floyd. This episode marks the return of Lee to half-hour comedy after "My Name is Earl" ended its run after four seasons.
"It was nice [after his current TNT series, "Memphis Beat"] to put on a wig and makeup, and just act kind of a mess," he told reporters in a conference call. "A lot of the crew from 'Raising Hope' came from 'Earl.' It was nice to reunite with [creator] Greg Garcia, and just goof off and have fun. It was kind of like going back to camp, and having fun for a few days."
Lee described the role as "me making a complete a** of myself and actually quite proudly, heavily disguised behind some pretty awesome make-up and hair. You could say its Jeff Bebe, my character from 'Almost Famous' in a very bizarre comedy world as seen through the eyes of somebody on acid.”
The guest stint made Lee nostalgic as well. "Coming back and seeing all these people that he's created, that feels very much like 'Earl,'" he said. "I said to Greg, 'if you do this again, I want back in.' I would do it again, yeah."
Aside from his time on "Earl," Lee is probably best known as Dave in the wildly-successful "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movies these days, and he's getting ready to do more (in 3-D, no less): "I will be filming 'Alvin 3' this January, to the delight of my two children. They're just beside themselves with enthusiasm."
"Raising Hope" airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Check out the sneak peek below.
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