There's no doubt about it. 30 Rock
is one of the best comedies on the air right now and the show's recent Golden Globe victory validates my opinion even more. But while Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin
) and Liz Lemon (Tina Fey
) have always had the spotlight on them, the success of 30 Rock
can also be credited to other characters of the show. But none is so funny or so flat-out weird as the strangely compelling and insane Tracy Jordan. And part of the effect is in the excellent delivery from actor Tracy Morgan
, who seems more than a little bit like his character in real life.
Each week, Jordan does his best to play a successful African-American movie star with a reputation for unpredictable, highly erratic behavior. This reputation is well-earned and much of it is an intentional attempt on his part to maintain his "crazy" persona in the eyes of the media. From running down the 405 in his underwear while repeatedly shouting "I am a Jedi," doing the robot walking backwards into a Starbucks while holding a dog that he had apparently stolen (although this was in fact misinterpreted as an act of normalcy), to biting actress Dakota Fanning on the face, the character of Tracy Jordan has liberally entertained viewers with his hilariously quotable lines. To commemorate the self-centered, prima donna, I've gathered some of my favorite and memorable Tracy Jordan moments on the show.
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In the episode “Hard Ball,” Tracy Jordan allows Kenneth (Jack McBrayer
) into his entourage but in the process discovers that Grizz (Grizz Chapman) and Dot Com (Kevin Brown) have been allowing him to win at things such as Halo, Trivial Pursuit, and basketball. Tracy "fires" Grizz and Dot Com from the entourage, but the union between Tracy and Kenneth does not gel. When Tracy is attacked by a mob outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza that is protesting against the controversy caused by Jenna, Grizz and Dot Com come to the rescue while Tracy sings Whitney Houston's “I Will Always Love You” from the movie The Bodyguard.
Tracy Jordan Meat Machine
Strapped for cash, Tracy asks Jack for $100,000 in the episode “The Rural Juror.” Jack tells him that is not possible and instead, comes up with an idea to use Tracy's celebrity image to endorse a product. After Tracy agrees, Tracy comes up with "The Tracy Jordan Meat Machine," which is his own answer to the George Foreman grill. This product can cook 83 kinds of meat and melt them all together into one delicious food ball.
Werewolf Bar Mitzvah
-like montage of badly made-up werewolves making lame disco moves while celebrating a coming-of-age ceremony. Tracy's gold-selling Halloween-meets-Jewish rite-of-passage song might have lasted mere seconds, but it was enough to linger in the back of my mind. And while the title says it all, lyrics like “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah - spooky, scary! Boys becoming men. Men becoming wolves!” are what's driving me to laugh over and over again.
Favorite Tracy Jordan Quotes:
"Oh, no! Did a Korean person die?"
- Seeing Liz Lemon in a wedding dress (from the episode “Seinfeld Vision”)
"I love this cornbread so much, I wanna take it behind a middle school and get it pregnant."
- Extolling the virtues of the lunch that Kenneth's brought him (from the episode “Hard Ball”)
"Tell her that you want your privates and her privates to do a high-five."
- Telling Jack how to deal with his potential new girlfriend (from the episode “Somebody to Love”)
“I do not want to disappoint our Japanese public, especially Godzilla. Hahaha! I'm just kidding, I know he doesn't care what humans do.”
- Talking to Liz after she told him he won an a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Rim Emmys (from the episode "Secrets and Lies”)
“I believe that the moon does not exist. I believe that vampires are the world's greatest golfers but their curse is they never get a chance to prove it. I believe that there are 31 letters in the white alphabet.”
-Talking to Liz about why he got rejected from the Church of Practicology (from the episode “The Fighting Irish”)
airs every Thursday at 9:30pm on NBC.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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