By Lynette Rice
February 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM EST
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The Fox comedy Raising Hope has found a cool way to make some noise in its new time slot on March 6: It’s bringing in Katy Perry!

EW has learned exclusively that Perry will appear in the episode as Rikki, a prison attendant who claims to be an old buddy of Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward). Perry was a shoo-in for the job after creator Greg Garcia learned that she and Woodard were best buds in real life.

“Shannon told me that her friend Katy was interested in doing an episode and I thought, why not? Let’s do your friend Katy a favor,” said Garcia in a statement. “Then she came in and did a terrific job. And now people are telling me that Katy is also a singer. I sincerely hope that her appearance on the show helps her get her singing career off the ground.”

Adds Perry, “A couple of weeks ago, I was home, just toasting up a frozen chicken fillet when Shannon called me up and asked if I wanted to do something ‘fun’ for a change and try out a guest role on her TV show. I thought, sure, I have nothing else to do, and I like chillin’ with my best friend. Greg was nice, but I hope he’s not secretly sabotaging my potential future career by type-casting me in the role of just a looker, so that I would never be able to play anything more challenging.”

In the episode titled “Single White Female,” Sabrina is arrested after participating in an Occupy Natesville protest and is sentenced to two weeks in the pokey. Rikki (Perry) makes her stay a memorable one. She tweeted the photo above to tease her appearance.

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