1:38 pm - 04/27/2012

'30 Rock' Live Show: The Top 6 Differences between East & West Coast feeds!

Anything can happen on live TV — including Sir Paul McCartney being replaced by a buxom reality show star with a big behind. And as it did in 2010, 30 Rock embraced that ethos last night, airing slightly different episodes for east- and west-coast audiences. (Both versions are now available on Hulu.) So, what did you miss if you only saw the episode that aired in your time zone? Here are the major ways the West Coast Feed differed from the East Coast Feed.

1. Kim Kardashian stepped in for Paul McCartney
In the ECF, Kenneth shepherded the Beatle into Jack’s office to use his secret executive bathroom. In the WCF, Kim Kardashian got that honor instead. Both also showed up at the end of their respective episodes; McCartney revealed that he’d lost his memory, while Kardashian tweeted a photo and then revealed she had broken Jack’s toilet.

2. Danny (Cheyenne Jackson) stole Jenna’s theme song
Hey, Cheyenne Jackson’s still on 30 Rock, sorta! In the WCF, he got a few moments in the spotlight by singing the show’s theme song; Jane Krakowski got that honor in the ECF.

3. Dr. Harold Spaceman is gay instead of a Nazi
Leo Spaceman’s ancestor has a different secret in each feed. In the ECF, he’s a “Nazi doctor.” (And so is Leo, when he pops up later in the episode.) In the WCF, Dr. Harold says that he’s “known in the industry as ‘the gay doctor,’ because I always have a smile on my face! Because I have so many gay lovers.”

4. Baldwin impersonated Paul Lynde instead of Nixon during a Laugh-In spoof
Which do you think he did more convincingly?

5. Brian Williams, not Jon Hamm, played David Brinkley
The Mad Men star, who was already on hand for the episode’s Amos ‘n’ Andy send-up, also played a sexist newsman opposite Baldwin during the ECF. For the WCF, actual newsman Brian Williams took over.

6. Jack and Pete didn’t make out
West Coasters didn’t get to see Alec Baldwin and Scott Adsit lock lips at the end of the episode. Thank heavens for the Internet!

There were other small differences sprinkled throughout, such as the varying reasons why Lovebirds actress Loretta Fields’s marriage was a sham. Which do you think had better jokes?


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eldvno 28th-Apr-2012 12:49 am (UTC)
filmfreakfranco 27th-Apr-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Hmmm @ Jon Hamm in blackface
zoom_z00m 27th-Apr-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
wait WHAT
filmfreakfranco 27th-Apr-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
theartistprince 27th-Apr-2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
It was a play on old 50s TV shows. Jon Hamm and Tracy Morgan are in a TV show together and they're both meant to be black. They said something like, "Back then, only one could actually be black because the audience would get scared with more than one black person on stage" (then they joked that it was still the case at NBC). So Jon Hamm had blackface and played the vaudeville racist stereotype and Tracy Morgan hit him with a chair and strangled him.
mots_inutiles 27th-Apr-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
It was really a mockery of blackface and the sketch was a commentary on blackface/the politics of mid-20th century television. It really wasn't that bad - you have to line it up next to everything else they were doing.
britneyspears 27th-Apr-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
NOOOO i've always been a hamm stan. nhft.
mynamehere07 27th-Apr-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Did you watch the episode?

The whole episode was commentary about the messed up social views throughout the television era. The Amos and Andy skit was about the blatant racism and offensive stereotypes in 30's and 40's TV. You want real racism and offensive stereotypes, check out the real Amos n' Andy or any other show, movie or cartoon from that era.

They also did a skit about the treatment of women in news broadcasting in the 60's and 70's. So I suppose we should hate Jon Hamm for telling Tina Fey to go get her father or a policemen.

While we are at it, let's get Alec Baldwin for his impression of Paul Lynde during the Laugh In skit. It's obvious he's a homophobe by pretending to be a gay man.

Edited at 2012-04-27 08:14 pm (UTC)
misscrystal 28th-Apr-2012 06:40 am (UTC)
IDG why everyone is so mad about this. I thought it was hilarious and about as tastefully done as a blackface spoof can be. IMO it was a LOT less side-eye worthy than the blackface bit in Tropic Thunder and people defend that shit like their lives depend on it.
vanishingbee 27th-Apr-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
I liked the west coast scenes of them in the office better, but the skits were generally better from the east coast show. Jenna storyline was also better East Coast. Dr. Spaceman's bits were better WC too.

But the scenes in the office for the WC version were SIGNIFICANTLY better. I would like to see the two episodes cropped together, because then we could have perfection.
grammaire 27th-Apr-2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
I thought Dr. Spaceman's bits were better east coast.
vanishingbee 27th-Apr-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
I thought the timing was a bit better for the WC version. Timing was mostly where I found WC had improvements, they dealt with audience laughter better the second time.
grammaire 27th-Apr-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
The east coast version was better tbh, though I loved seeing Brian Williams.

"Hello! I'm Nazi Doctor Heinrich Spacemen… I mean Doctor, we can edit that out, right?"

"Hello! I'm Nazi Doctor Leo Spacemen... I know it's live, I want people to know!"

Edited at 2012-04-27 05:56 pm (UTC)
ladysherlock 27th-Apr-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)

"If you're currently suffering from Chatterson's syndrome, use your birdlike claws to dial the number below."
djan31 28th-Apr-2012 07:58 am (UTC)
I was dying at that.
trikc 27th-Apr-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
And east coast had Paul McCartney and West had Kardashian.

Thank god I only saw the east coast one.
spydergamez 27th-Apr-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
East >
sexmeupscotty 27th-Apr-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
I loved Fred Armisen as Frank and telethon lady.

Sinead O'Connor's picture was also pure gold.

And Donglover of course.
rahrahanon 27th-Apr-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
lol the sinead o'connor picture was hysterical, and it went right over my roommate's head because he's not cultured or something
deargirl 27th-Apr-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
I laughed so hard at Sinead O'Connor's picture, that was brilliant.
maisontv 27th-Apr-2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
I died at the Sinead O'Connor picture bit.
mots_inutiles 27th-Apr-2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
He was also at the beginning of the episode as a crew guy in the hallway.
biggerfun 27th-Apr-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yes! The Sinead O'Connor bit was brilliant! Definitely one of my fave parts.
evett 27th-Apr-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
east > west

30 Rock episode and in general.
devochkazhenya 27th-Apr-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
the truth. you speak it
enid_keaner 27th-Apr-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
hergun_wentbang 27th-Apr-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
yaaaas bb.
choisya 27th-Apr-2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
no lies detected here
grammaire 27th-Apr-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
As someone from the west who lives in the east, I agree (for the most part).
chimbleysweep 27th-Apr-2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
There aren't any real mountains and def aren't any rainforests over there sewwww sorry guys. Nope.
evett 27th-Apr-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
We call that a plus.
bent_ley 27th-Apr-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
where are there rain forests on the west coast?
dibbydooby 27th-Apr-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
dayum alec is looking so trim!
grammaire 27th-Apr-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
ikr sooo sexy

Although that fully dyed head of hair needs to go. I need some greying temples at least.

Edited at 2012-04-27 05:59 pm (UTC)
lloydsgurl 27th-Apr-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
from what I recall there was some funky blackface stuff, and jimmy fallon was adorable because he so had to laugh.

that's about it.
dramatik_irony 27th-Apr-2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, Donald Glover was in both episodes.
evett 27th-Apr-2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
They kept saying that Donald does a great Tracy impression but he was basically speaking like himself.

Edited at 2012-04-27 06:04 pm (UTC)
deja_vu822 27th-Apr-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
well i think the point was that Tracy didn't become Tracy until after he fell so his Tracy impression was legit in like the last 3 seconds of his time whenever he pulled up his shirt, prior to that he was supposed to be normal.
rahrahanon 27th-Apr-2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
soooo our east coast feed was infinitely great, basically.
succubuzz 27th-Apr-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
both episodes were flawless. I was screaming when Jon Hamm and Tracy Morgan did a flashback
professor_chaos 27th-Apr-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Praise the Lord I live on the east coast and got Sir Paul over that overrated no talent...person on the WC. Although the SNL like skits were not as funny as if they'd stuck w/their usual show.
devochkazhenya 27th-Apr-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
the Sinead O'Connor thing SLAYED me.
I've yet to see the West Coast version but the East Coast was hysterical

Edited at 2012-04-27 06:01 pm (UTC)
fabouluz 28th-Apr-2012 12:40 am (UTC)
glittergunshot 27th-Apr-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Kim Kardashian instead of Paul McCartney. Sucks to be the west coast
choisya 27th-Apr-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
ikr what a downgrade
enid_keaner 27th-Apr-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
For real
loony_moony 27th-Apr-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
She had a funnier line, though.
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