Openly gay actor Nathan Lane will be spicing up Modern Family next season.

The veteran actor of stage and screen will guest star as Pepper, the flamboyant older friend of gay dads Mitchell (played by openly gay Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet).

“Nathan was just too perfect for the role,” executive producer Steve Levitan told New York magazine blog Vulture.

Lane, 54, approached producers about appearing on the ABC Sunday night comedy hit.

Interest surrounding the show's gay couple is mounting as momentum builds for the show's second season.

Earlier this week, Stonestreet told the New York Post there is a gay wedding in the future for his character. And producers have confirmed that the couple will consider adopting a second child next season.

Ryan Murphy, the creative forced behind Fox's musical comedy hit Glee, criticized Modern Family producers for censoring physical affection between the two men. “That's ridiculous to me,” Murphy, who is openly gay, told reporters on Monday. Producers say an episode is already in the works that will address the issue.

Two-time Tony Award-winning Lane played Albert, the star attraction at a Miami drag nightclub, in The Birdcage, which was inspired by La Cage Aux Folles.

Modern Family returns for its second season on September 22.