210. The End of an Era

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Tina Fey has once again infiltrated my life this week (upcoming gig as co-host for the SAG Awards, her appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and most importantly, I watched Mean Girls last night). This made me want to say:

Thank you Tina Fey for creating 30 Rock – the show that gave us a glimpse into the world of a late night variety show (ahem, SNL) and introduced us to characters who love/hate each other so much that they’re willing to be each others mentors yet sabotage each other at the same time.

My top three favorite episodes are:

  1. Queen of Jordan (Season 5, Episode 17)
  2. Black Tie (Season 1, Episode 12)
  3. Blind Date (Season 1, Episode 3)

My top 3 favorite side characters are:

  1. Mr. Spaceman
  2. Paul L’Astname (aka Mr. Jenna Maroney)
  3. Devon Banks

The cast has been celebrating the end of 30 Rock this week:

The cast reminisces while on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

The cast says goodbye on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Final Series Table Read:

Final Table Read

Typical Lutz: always eating/drinking
Typical Kenneth: always wearing his uniform

But, seriously folks, who can ever forget this:

Thanks for the laughs, Tina. Just make sure you don’t choke on your own tears. We want you to stick around for a while…


198. All Hail Lorne Michaels

Sometimes I wonder if Lorne Michaels is really God. He has his hands in everything (ahem, SNL, Portlandia, Up All Night, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, Baby Mama, Mean Girls, etc., emphasis on the etc.). He probably laughs like Dr. Evil and sits in a Brookstone massage chair (courtesy of NBC) while calculating how many people owe him big time. Up next? Kenan Thompson’s latest endeavor.

I just realized that he and my Dad are not only the same age but they were born within 2 days of each other. It’s like they’re long lost brothers, except my Dad was born in Ohio and Michaels in Toronto. That would explain a few things. Mainly why my Dad ends every sentence with “eh?” and refers to Steve Martin and Paul Simon as his “best friends”. Maybe I’ll get him a Brookstone massage chair for Christmas and invite Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon over for some ham.

197. Thanks Rebel Wilson, You Tried

This image pretty much sums up what was funny about Pitch Perfect. Granted, it was written by the fabulously funny Kay Cannon (30 Rock genius) and it definitely had its moments (like the opening scene) but overall I wasn’t thrilled with this comedic feat. I did leave the theater wishing I was part of an a capella group though. I think I’d call my group Car Phone. Reminiscent yet related to my first name. We’d sing songs like Ludacris‘ “Area Codes” and  Maroon 5’sPayphone“. Come to think of it, my Dad used to have a car phone back in the early 90’s. It was sweet. Except for the time when I talked crap about my friend while she was still on the line. Whoops.

Definitely see this movie…but rent it. I can guarantee you’ll laugh at the parts with Rebel Wilson in it. I’m sure the kids from Glee threw popcorn at the screen (or drowned out the characters with their own mash-up renditions) when they first saw saw the film. It was a good effort but I have a feeling Ryan Murphy is evilly laughing somewhere.

7. I feel whole again. 30 Rock is back!

(credit: nbc.com)

Lets celebrate with a little mash-up from the past 5 seasons. So much Liz Lemon-ness!