30 Rock S02E04 – Rosemary’s Baby

29 10 2007

This was one of the funniest episodes yet. I watched it alone at about 2am, and I was constantly trying to muffle the sounds of my own laughter not to wake people up.

Carrie Fisher made a guest appearance as a washed up comedy writer, and managed to squeeze out her most famous Princess Leia line, as well as uttering a string of obscenities reminiscent of Gob’s famous sexual harrasment speech.

By far the best scene though, and Alec baldwin’s best moment so far as Jack Donaghy was his scene with Tracy Jordan and the psychiatrist.

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Emmys

17 09 2007

All is good with the world. Why, you ask? Because 30 Rock was recognised at The Emmys with the best comedy award. Nothing else that happened at the ceremony matters. If you haven’t watched it, Channel 5 will be airing season 1 in January. Watch the opening act of the 2007 Emmys ceremony after the jump Kanye West presenting an award at last nights ceremony after the jump. Probably as good as the show got. :-

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30 Rock S01E21 – Hiatus

27 04 2007

Well I watched it this morning just like I said I would, and I have to say it was a little disappointing. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I will say I don’t think they made the best use of 22 minutes of story time. The ep felt very rushed, and there was no flow to it, even from the opening seconds. the opening scene is normally just that, a scene. But I felt that in this ep there were four or five sketches cobbled together. As a result of the rushed nature of the episode, I don’t think any of the storylines were tied up adequately. Don’t get me wrong, there were enough jokes in it to make me chuckle, but as a season finale it was a bit lacklustre. If this is the exit of Alec Baldwin, it could have been a whole lot better. The ep also made me realise just how different the show has become towards the end of the year. The gawky looking guy had his first lines in weeks, and we kind of saw the writers room for a few seconds, when at one point that was the focal point of the show.  These are all minor gripes, and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed season one of this wonderful comedy. If you missed it, it’s worth buying on DVD when it comes out, which will be in the next few months I’m sure.





Falling behind..

27 04 2007

I have had a busy week, and as a result I have only watched one, nay two programs. One was great, one was decidedly average. My point is that if I don’t update, it’s not because I have abandoned this blog (It’s just that Facebook is taking over my life).

I will most definitely be watching the 30 Rock finale tomorrow morning at my desk though, nothing can keep me from finding out the fate of Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy.  It is a shame if the rumours that Alec Baldwin wants off the show are true. He makes it happen time and again. Watch the build-up clip after the jumpski.

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30 Rock S01E20 – Cleveland

20 04 2007

I can’t write too much about this, because I’m sitting at my desk at work on the oh-so-brief lunch break that they provide. I just watched this ep in a quiet open plan office with headphones on, and nearly exploded in my attempts not too laugh out loud. I was creating new noises out of my ears, nose and maybe even my eyes.

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30 Rock S01E19 – Corporate Crush

13 04 2007

Friday mornings are now officially 30 Rock time for me. It has settled into a funny groove, the writers have become very comfortable with this set of characters, and it really shows. Wait, scratch that, I sound really up myself. Let me just tell you what I liked about the ep.

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30 Rock S01E18 – Fireworks

6 04 2007

Ok everyone, it’s bold statement time again! Here I go… If there is a funnier actor, (TV/Movies/Theatre/Improv) in the English language speaking world than Will Arnett, then write his name in the comments below this post. Not very bold at all really is it. What I will say is I watch TV from Tottenham to Tokyo, from Sydney to… seattle and I have not come across anyone in the last few years as flat out funny as the guy who was Gob. The minute he showed up in this episode as a guest star, I sat up and anticipated a classic. And I got one.

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30 Rock renewed

5 04 2007

Huzzah! As the title says, my favourite comedy of this season has been renewed, despite shockingly low ratings. 30 Rock has averaged 5.8 million viewers this season, although it is up against two 20 mil+ titans in CSI and Greys Anatomy. It has now moved timeslot slightly, airing after The Office, another of those NBC shows that is well received by people in homes with income over $100,000 a year. (How do they get all these stats? I always write that I earn more than I actually do, just for the thrill of it). Today NBC president of Entertainment Kevin Reilly said:

NBC expects the show to continue to build its increasingly loyal audience and become another of NBC’s classic comedy series.

Yea good luck mate, against those two dramas. Maybe now with the promise of a full season and maybe more to come, this gem will be picked up in the UK. I think it would work after Scrubs on E4, after The Office on ITV2, or even in a post South Park slot on Paramount Comedy. But it would *not* work in any slot on any BBC channel. Sometimes you have to tell it like it is BBC, deal with it. Watch a classic 30 Rock clip after the jump, Jane singing “Muffin Top” with Ghostface Killah..

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Tracy Jordan is…

19 03 2007

30 Rock won’t be airing for the next few weeks, but here are some jokes to tide you over until then. A couple of one sheet posters for fictional Tracy Jordan movies, click here for the picture. Check out the tagline for White Cop, Black Cop. “One does the duty, while the other gets the booty!” Classic. If they made short versions of these movies and put them on the Season 1 DVD as extras, that would be the best thing in the world.

These posters were brought to my attention by Edward Lacdao. (heh heh, give it a couple of weeks and that will show up in a google search).





30 Rock S01E16 – The Source Awards

2 03 2007

After a lacklustre last two episodes, 30 Rock was back on form this week. It still seems strange to me that because certain programs are on the day before in Canada, I can see this before US viewers settle down to watch anything but 30 rock on a Thursday at 9.30pm.

This episode focused on Liz Lemon dating a “Black” (that was just his surname). Wayne Brady a successful African-American who was actually very boring, but when Liz tried to dump him, he played the race card and accused of her of not fancying him because he is black. Very loudly in a restaurant. So out of her White woman’s burden, she agrees to see him again.

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Vodpod Update

20 02 2007

I added a few videos to my vodpod on the right there, because I was semi-bored of the other ones. There is a new promotion from NBC for My Name is Earl, and it’s quite clever. Joy has decided to auction some of her possessions to geeks on the Internet, and they are genuine Ebay auctions. I would find the link but if I open another tab my mac will explode.

The next clip is a montage from episode 11 of 30 Rock, and demonstrates how funny this show can be. Watch near the end when Liz asks what level of cousin they would have to be to make it ok. Her answer is hilarious.

Finally, I put in a video from Arrested Development. This may be the only joke about swinging, shagging and coercing single women into having sex that my mother has ever laughed at. and you can’t get a better endorsement than that.

I also decided to show you all how deftly a joke can be constructed, and how much writing you can pack into 2.53 secs. The volume of jokes in this sketch if you have the patience is astounding. “getting her all glittered up for Easter” is a cracker, but the punchline at the end of the clip, it’s worth the build up that I just gave it. Watch the video after the jump..

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So how did I do?

5 02 2007

I’ll tell you how I did! I managed to watch all the TV that I said I would, and maybe more. Whats more (and this is the most important part), I enjoyed some of it, instead of turning into a zombie. Sometimes when I commit a day to catching up on my favourite programs, I end up cruising through them without paying attention, especially if its a sunday and I have laundry and other interesting and exciting things to do.

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30 Rock S01E11 – The Head and the Hair

24 01 2007

This program just gets better and better. Fearless yet gentle mocking of the average TV viewer? Love it! Tina Fey’s self depracating style of writing? Thats how I would write, if I could write well. And the joke about Moonvest? I didn’t fully understand it first time round, because I didn’t see what the tramp was wearing, but yes, funniest moment yet for me. I love jokes that get better with time. I loved Jack’s premises for new programming at NBC…

What do you think sounds like the better idea for a new show? A talk show without a host, just the voice of the dead lady from Desperate Housewives, or a reality show with a lot of super hot nannies, who move into a house and teach fat kids how to lose weight?

I think they just about covered everything there. The nannies could be celebrities though, and the house could be on an island?