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30 Rock
« on: February 12, 2007, 10:21:28 PM »
If you guys aren't watching this show, then you're really missing out.  Next to The Office, it's easily the funniest thing on TV.

Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey work so well together it's amazing.  Very, very funny stuff.  Check it out if you haven't already.
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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2007, 12:51:10 PM »
Okay, I guess no one believes me. :)

The basic premise of the show is that it's about a bunch of people who put on a show exactly like SNL every week, only it's not SNL.  They work at 30 Rockefeller Center (the NBC studio) and each episode is just the ins and outs of putting a live show together while mixing in the personal lives of all these eccentric people.  It makes me think of the Larry Sanders show from HBO only I think it may be better.

In the episode I watched last night, Alec Baldwin (he's like the CEO of NBC or something) invites Tina Fey (Lemon... she's a writer/producer) to a dinner party because he has no date.  It's a birthday party for the last of the Hapsburgs (the dynasty).  They get to the party and the Hapsburg guy is played by Pee Wee Herman and he's about 3 feet tall and confined to a chair... he's been absolutely wrecked by the centuries of inbreeding. I swear to God it was one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time.  He's got this little baby hand on the left and his right leg has 2 knees... his teeth are these little nubs, one of his eyebrows falls off during the party.  Too fucking funny.
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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2007, 09:33:58 AM »
*shudder*

Okay, I'll have to find that.
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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007, 11:16:10 AM »
Oh god, dude... this week's episode was just as funny.

Alec Baldwin, fresh off his new divorce, is completely hammered, spooning asparagus and fried chicken from a cafeteria buffet while waxing philisophic when he spies a toothless prostitute across the sneeze guard and picks her up.  This show is every bit as funny as The Office... that's right, I said it.

Plus, since we all seem to have a common weakness for attractive ladies, Tina Fey is reason enough to watch this show.
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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2007, 08:34:16 PM »
Okay, I'll start on these.  It didn't look too funny... And I see that I'm 13 fucking episodes behind!

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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2007, 02:12:43 AM »
It is hilarious.  I think some of the early episodes might be a little boring, but the show's definitely starting to hit its stride.  The last 3 shows have been totally classic.  Alec Baldwin is a comedic genius.
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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2007, 12:06:36 PM »
So it's a less retarded, more satirical version of Studio 60 with good actors anchored by Baldwin playing a ridiculous lunatic.  That's my judgment after episode one.

And it is better than Larry Sanders.  After the first few episodes, the only good thing about that show was Rip Torn. Shandling grates on me pretty quickly.  But Comedy Baldwin has always been good. 

I'm thinking Baldwin is the next Leslie Nielson -- the veteran ham-fisted drama actor who is running out the rope of his career and decides to do comedy...and because everyone identifies him as a drama actor, and, perhaps, a natural ability for that comedy, he captures that ability combined with the public's "what the fuck?  he's funny!" reaction.  Baldwin's done other similar deadpan comic roles recently (can't remember them..?), and they sucked, I think, but I remember just watching Baldwin thinking, huh...he's good?

And, of course, Jayne from Firefly was a baby Baldwin, wasn't he?  So we're witnessing the slow shift of the Baldwin family from drama to comedy.

And I haven't had my coffee yet and can't spell or use English, which worries me.

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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2007, 12:11:56 PM »
What it also does, which Studio 60 didn't, is tap into the pop-culture.  I think TV shows of this sort are realizing that now more than ever.  When you have a naked guy running through the street with a toy lightsaber screaming "I am a Jedi!" everyone -- young or old -- gets the joke.

You can make very simple and effective jokes just with weirdo cult references like that, because everyone in the audience is addled with that shit, and laughs themselves silly when they see something that taps into that infinite well of pop-cult. It's the universal core of communication.  We use refs like that in normal conversation without even thinking, or as a social defense even.

You'd think this would be obvious to TV writers, but it's not.

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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2007, 01:41:48 PM »
What it also does, which Studio 60 didn't, is tap into the pop-culture.  I think TV shows of this sort are realizing that now more than ever.  When you have a naked guy running through the street with a toy lightsaber screaming "I am a Jedi!" everyone -- young or old -- gets the joke.

Absolutely.  There was an episode a few weeks ago where Alec Baldwin spends a week as an NBC paige and Kevin the page gets to spend a week as the big cheese.  He winds up pitching an idea for a gameshow to the bigwigs called Gold Case.  Basically, they have a bunch of hot ladies with briefcases and the contestant picks a case from the bunch... one of the cases has a million dollars worth of gold in it.  It's an obvious jab at Deal or No Deal and it makes even more sense because they get John Macenroe as Howie Mandell's equivalent to host it.

The hilarious turn is that when they film the pilot, no one has thought that a briefcase with a million dollars worth of gold in it weighs hundreds of pounds more than an empty one, so you've got 20 gorgeous women on stage holding briefcases and one of them is always grunting and struggling to hold one up... it was absolutely hilarious, but even moreso because I've watched the recent trainwreck of "open a briefcase" gameshows. 

30 Rock is definitely on top of pop culture and I think probably that has a lot to do with Tina Fey.  She's brilliant.
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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2007, 12:49:48 AM »
"Tracey, we gotta do something."

"Let's crash my car and see if the airbags work!"

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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2007, 11:17:51 AM »
(Lemon to Jack)

"What's the difference between yo momma and a washing machine?  When I drop a load in a washing machine, it don't follow me around for a week!"
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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2007, 11:40:48 AM »
Haha!  Haven't seen that episode yet.  God...now I have to hurry and catch up.

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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2007, 02:40:49 PM »
"I would think a single woman's biggest worry would be choking to death, alone, in her apartment."

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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2007, 02:57:43 PM »
"Okay, you're not a lesbian.  Duly noted.  I'll correct that on your file."

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Re: 30 Rock
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2007, 03:06:17 PM »
aaaahahahaha... I told you this was a funny show. :)
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