Thought on 30 Rock

I just had a stray thought on 30 Rock.

Tina Fey had a long stretch as writer on SNL. I cannot tell you what items she wrote and what she didn’t, but for two recurring bits… bits that were the best thing on the show during her long tenure. One was the bits with Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch as a pair  of overlibinous, life-loving Boston teens (“Zasu!”), the other featured Amy Poehler as a hyperactive kid bouncing endlessly around Horatio Sanz’s quiet, loving stepdad. These were great a very pro-human pieces. I liked these characters, understood them, identified with and cared about them, and it wasn’t because they were quiet, calm, and unobtrusive.

I realize that  the needs of short sketch comedy are quite different from those of a hoped-to-be-long-running sitcom, but it still may behoove Tina to bring some of what she brought to those characters to her own character on 30 Rock.

Published in: on October 15, 2006 at 9:08 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I was never a great fan of “Zasu”, but Amy Poehler’s Caitlin was always a favorite of mine. In fact, the firing of Horation Sanz was mildly regretted solely for the fact that there will probably not be any more of the “Hey, Rick!” skits. Regardless, I totally agree about what “30 Rock” may need to be successful in the long run.

  2. I’m not sure how the who-owns-the-skit politics work at SNL so I don’t know whether Tina’s leaving the show would’ve ended Caitlin anyway.

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