30 Rock role based on Jimmy Fallon
Josh Girard is a fictional character portrayed by Lonny Ross in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. A recurring character in the first season, he was promoted to series regular for season two. For season three, his appearances were limited to 4 episodes in a reduced capacity.
Josh was the male star of the show before Tracy Jordan was hired. Liz found him while he was opening for a puppet. He, Tracy and Jenna Maroney are the three main actors on the show. It has also been said that his character is based on SNL alumnus Jimmy Fallon. Apparently, Josh also acts as a writer as well as star of the show, as he is frequently seen in the writers room brainstorming, whereas Jenna and Tracy are not.
Often referred to as being a “kid”, Josh is described in dialogue in a way that implies he is young, guileless and unintelligent. He is indeed typically portrayed as lacking smarts and he is often shown doing things that are considered juvenile.
Most of Josh’s work on the show seems to be as an impressionist; he has performed impressions of Ray Romano, Michael Jackson, Stone Phillips, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and Christopher Walken.
His impressions have raised eyebrows from people who are not impressed, like Elizabeth Taylor (played by Rachel Dratch), who knocked him out with an extinguisher and left him severely concussed after he did a sketch that offended her in which he impersonated the actress. Original characters that he plays on the show include “Dr. Ridiculous”, a Chinese man named Mr. Wang and Gaybraham Lincoln. In “The Baby Show,” Tracy got mad at Josh for impersonating him, claiming that Josh was turning him into a caricature. Josh, Frank, and Toofer are often observed fooling around and admiring Cerie.