donald fey

I remember my parents sneaking me in to see Young Frankenstein. We would also watch Saturday Night Live, or Monty Python, or old Marx Brothers movies. My dad would let us stay up late to watch The Honeymooners. We were not allowed to watch The Flintstones though: my dad hated it because it ripped off The Honeymooners. I actually have a very low level of Flintstones knowledge for someone my age.

Tina Fey on her childhood.

Bless Don and Jeanne Fey.

Welcome to Hidden Jokes from 30 Rock

This was the screencap that started it all.

I was watching 30 Rock on Netflix, and paused for a snack. When I came back, I was paused on this White Wines of Scotland poster, and noticed I could actually read the text.  And it was hilarious.

I figured there had to be tons more jokes like this hidden in the background (and there are), so I poked around the internet for a site compiling them.

I found an amazing 30 Rock quote site, and a great, but sadly short Reddit thread. No giant repository of visual jokes, though. So I figured I’d get things started with my own.

I wanted to make a complete collection of all visual jokes from 30 Rock. I got to Josh’s Ray Romano impression in the Pilot episode, taking screencaps every two seconds of background writing like this…

The notecards on the board outline different sketches for The Girlie Show, including Old Timey Hooker, Babs, Middle Eastern Cab Driver, Cat Lady, 45 Year Old Las Vegas Diner (?) Counter Lady, Just A Guy, Lurlean Katz, Hot Dog Highlights, Pancakes, WHO’S MY BOSS?, Buck Tooth Politician, and Sloppy Joe.

But that took the fun out of watching. 

If you want to contribute to this tumblr, or do a more thorough cataloging elsewhere, that sounds great! In fact, maybe just cite this tumblr as inspiration and let me know, so I can stop! :)

But unless that day comes, I’m just going to cap episodes sporadically for the enjoyment of anyone interested! 

Many thanks to the writers, and entire cast and crew, of 30 Rock for creating such a great show, filled with jokes in every frame!