Halloween may have already come and gone, but "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" from 30 Rock is still bouncing around in my head. Thanks to the majesty of the internet, the bit that originally lasted only seven seconds, can now be heard in full:
The fact that the 30 Rock team wrote a three-minute song for a seven-second joke speaks volumes about the show's attention to detail (something that sometimes entices fans to freeze-frame particular scenes and analyze them more closely). Is it slightly insane that one viewer read, typed out, and shared the text of a sign in a liquor store window from Episode 15, Season 4? Well no. Not when the first line of the sign is "The famed, boggy soils of Scotland produce distinctive wines with short, almost brutal finishes, and an acrid, musty nose that is often compared to the attic of a serial killer," and just gets better from there.
30 Rock was relevant during its time on NBC, and it remains relevant today. One pertinent example concerns issues surrounding black comedians being asked to dress as women for roles. The subject has been analyzed at length, online, in academia, and even in the debut episode of new Showtime series, White Famous (Jay Pharoah's character Floyd notes: "It's just that thing -- every time there's a funny black brother in Hollywood, they try to emasculate him"). Impressive then that 30 Rock managed to dig into this issue on a major TV network over a decade ago (in Episode 8 of its first season, Tracy Jordan was told: "Drag is a way for Caucasians to emasculate you and make you seem non-threatening").
Truly, the further away from the end of 30 Rock we get -- the last episode aired in January 2013 -- the more we seem to need to revisit it. This was most apparent in October 2014, after the Bill Cosby scandal first broke. Hannibal Buress was credited with dragging the sexual assault rumors into the light with a biting piece of stand-up, but 30 Rock had hinted at the same thing in a Season 3 episode titled "The Bubble," all the way back in 2009. Skip to 1:35: