"The Disaster Show"
Season 1, Episode 17
The Disaster Show
Air date May 24, 2007
Written by Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay

Chad Gomez Creasey &
Dara Resnik Creasey - Story

Directed by Thomas Schlamme
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The Disaster Show is the seventeenth episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The teleplay was written by Aaron Sorkin from a story by Chad Gomez Creasey & Dara Resnik Creasey. It was directed by Thomas Schlamme. It premiered on May 24, 2007.



Allison Janney, as herself, is the guest host of a show that goes haywire when the propmasters and cue card workers stage a last minute wildcat strike. While the show is on, a bomb threat referencing a Muhammad sketch threatens the building.





  1. Matthew Perry as Matt Albie (credit only)
  2. Amanda Peet as Jordan McDeere (credit only)
  3. Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp (credit only)
  4. Steven Weber as Jack Rudolph
  5. D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles
  6. Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes
  7. Nate Corddry as Tom Jeter
  8. Timothy Busfield as Cal Shanley

Guest stars

  1. Tamala Jones as Claire
  2. Christine Adams as Stefanie
  3. Lucy Davis as Lucy Kenwright
  4. Shawn Michael Patrick as Gino
  5. Ayda Field as Jeannie Whatley
  6. Simon Helberg as Alex Dwyer
  7. Nate Torrence as Dylan Killington
  8. Camile Chen as Samantha Li
  9. John Mahon as George
  10. Austin Basis as Robby
  11. Nick Nordella as Robbie Wyatt


  1. John F. Carpenter as Herb Sheldon
  2. William Stanford Davis as Floor manager
  3. Tara Radcliffe as Jennifer
  4. Jennifer Pennington as Assistant
  5. Ruben Pla as Cue Card Guy
  6. Peter Story as PA
  7. Chet Grissom as Canine Officer
  8. Amy Honey as Jenny
  9. Eriq F. Prince as Officer #1
  10. Chic Daniel as Officer #2
  11. Yervant Hagopian as Patrick
  12. David O. Katz as Man in Green Room


  1. Allison Janney as Herself - Guest Host


Opening credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Creator
  2. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music
  3. Mindy Kanaskie - Co-producer
  4. Mark Goffman - Producer
  5. Patrick Ward - Producer
  6. Dylan K. Massin - Produced by
  7. Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
  8. Chad Gomez Creasey &
  9. Dara Resnik Creasey - Story
  10. Thomas Schlamme - Director

Closing credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer
  2. Thomas Schlamme - Executive Producer
  3. Julie DeJoie - Associate Producer
  4. Lauren Lohman - Associate Producer
  5. Dennis S. Hall - Director of Photography
  6. Kenneth Hardy - Production Designer
  7. Russell Denove - Editor
  8. Timothy Busfield - Consultant
  9. Dana Calvo - Story Editor
  10. Cinque Henderson - Staff Writer
  11. Melissa Myers - Staff Writer
  12. Amy Turner - Staff Writer
  13. Chad Gomez Creasey - Staff Writer
  14. Dara Resnik Creasey - Staff Writer


  • Jordan McDeere, Danny Tripp and Matt Albie, while mentioned throughout the episode, are not seen on screen.
  • Actors Allison Janney and Timothy Busfield frequently interact throughout the episode. They previously played each others' love interests on Sorkin's previous show, The West Wing.
  • When Jack tells her he loved her on Chicago Hope, Allison Janney tells him he's confused her with Christine Lahti. Lahti portrayed Martha O'Dell earlier in the season.




  • Schlamme, T. & Sorkin, A. (Executive Producers). (2007, May 24). Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip [Television program]. Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Television.

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