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The surprising TV cameos of Joss Whedon

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When it comes to cameo appearances, Joss Whedon is a bit reclusive. He's certainly no Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics guru who appears in just about every Marvel superhero movie that's ever been made. But rest assured that when the man behind the Whedonverse makes a rare cameo appearance, it is utterly awesome and unforgettable.

Joss Whedon has made cameo appearances in three of his TV shows, and the episodes are not what you'd expect. Unlike series producers and writers David Greenwalt and Marti Noxon, he did not join the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the all-singing, all-dancing phenomenon of an episode that was "Once More With Feeling" (You mean you didn't recognize Greenwalt as the mustard guy and Noxon as the parking ticket lady?). No, Whedon's cameos are much more subtle.

Let's start with the two blink-and-you'll-miss-them cameos. In "I Robot... You Jane", an episode of the very first season of BTVS in which Willow falls in love with an evil robot (I swear it's more complicated than that), Whedon played the voice of a newscaster which can be heard coming from a television. And in Firefly episode "The Message", Whedon joined the small crowd of mourners at the funeral of Mal and Zoe's friend Tracey. These cameos are so brief that they're hardly recognizable, but go back and watch the episodes and you'll spot them.

Whedon's one truly brilliant cameo was Numfar. I know what you're thinking: Who the Hellmouth is Numfar?

At the end of Angel, season two, Angel and company traveled to Lorne's home dimension to rescue Cordelia from certain death. This story arc, which included the episode "Through the Looking Glass" debatably encompasses the greatest moments in Angel's five-season run. And Numfar was no small part of that.

In "Through the Looking Glass", Lorne, Wesley, Gunn, and Angel visit Lorne's childhood home and his family. While talking to team Angel, Lorne's bearded mother calls to one of her relatives, "Numfar! Do the dance of joy!" Throughout the rest of the conversation, Numfar does a ridiculous dance in the background.

And that shaggy-wigged, green-skinned, dancing-the-dance-of-joy demon called Numfar was none other than series creator Joss Whedon. To view this epic moment in the life of our favorite storyteller, click the video in the left sidebar. Yes, Numfar was the single greatest cameo of Joss Whedon's career... so far.

Can’t stop the signal: Angel was the spin-off series connected to Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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