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One of the best 30 Rocks ever, just from the sheer novelty of what they were able to pull off (twice!).

Vulture has a pretty thorough breakdown of the differences between the East Coast live show and the West Coast live show:

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/10/the_17_differences_between_30.html

I watched both and I feel like the adrenaline rush of the East Coast show made for the better show overall. Some jokes were purposely different, other lines were tweaked, and it's interesting what the first studio audience found funny and reacted to compared to the second audience. (Matt Damon got a huge pop in the first show and next to nothing in the second.)

I wonder how many people in the audience for the west coast show had seen the east coast show, or if it was even the same audience? (SNL has a different audience for dress rehearsal and live show.)

Either way, both shows were a huge success. I haven't enjoyed 30 Rock as much since the second season. (My one gripe: No Cerie? Would have been great to see her live.)



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Has Cerie been on the show all season? Just realized that I hadn't seen her.

No pop for Damon.....did JLD/Hamm/Parnell/Dratch also not get any reactions?
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Damon got a huge pop on the east coast. Not sure why the difference. (Did they fly in a West Coast audience for the second feed?)

I loved the gag of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss as a second Liz. "My dreams have Seinfeld money."

After how they built it up, I'm surprised no one 'broke' on the East Coast (though it sounds like Tracy did on the West Coast.)

I loved Dr. Spaceman's line about starting with full-on intercourse.

Jon Hamm is awesome. Good to see he got one of his hooks replaced!



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That wasn't a 30 Rock episode, that was one long SNL skit. And, it was pretty much subpar. I think the live audience killed the show. Having to wait for laughter to die down killed momentum and made the show seem like a big grand self appreciation exercise.
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    That wasn't a 30 Rock episode, that was one long SNL skit.


It really was not structurally or tonally like an SNL skit at all. It just looked like one because it was filmed in the exact same place. I do agree that the live factor undid a lot of what makes 30 Rock so stylistically good (editing, single-camera, no laugh track) but as a one-week novelty I thought it was fascinating.
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I enjoyed the live episode quite a bit as a one-off exercise. The plot was pretty fun too, making it even better. That being said, 30 Rock still wasn't better than the "normal" Community that was before it, although that may have been because I waxed nostalgic for "The Right Stuff" parody they did.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.46
    Originally posted by Torchslasher
    I waxed nostalgic for "The Right Stuff" parody they did.


I thought it was an Apollo 13 homage. And an awesome one, at that.

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    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
      Originally posted by Torchslasher
      I waxed nostalgic for "The Right Stuff" parody they did.


    I thought it was an Apollo 13 homage. And an awesome one, at that.

There was a little Space Camp in there too. Their movie-themed episodes are usually genre homages more than homages to one specific film. I love that.



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I loved Quincy when I was younger as well. So much so that I named my dog Quincy. When ever he had to smile in his shows, the smile always reached his eyes. He was either having a lot of fun, or was a hell of an actor. Possibly both, I think. RIP
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