Christopher Meloni urges you not to Slip ‘n Slide off a roof

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Christopher Meloni's here to teach you how to make smarter choices.

For those of you unfamiliar with Christopher Meloni, he's built a career playing dark, dramatic characters like bisexual sociopath Chris Keller on Oz and Detective Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: SVU. But underneath all the brooding and pathos, there lurks the soul of a clown.

Yes, despite his decade-long run of busting perps and committing police brutality, it's lesser-known roles such as Gene the cook in Wet Hot American Summer where I think Meloni really shines. Even cameos like Sven the hotel clerk in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and a Stabler-like appearance on the demented Wonder Showzen display great comedy chops.

For people like me, who'd hoped that his recent departure from SVU would serve as an opportunity for funnier roles, his new gig on the uber-sexy vampire drama True Blood is a bit of a disappointment. Fortunately, has given Meloni another opportunity to flex that comedic muscle — along with a chance to let kids know what can happen when you go drinking on a rooftop in the vicinity of a Slip 'n Slide.