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5 items from 2012

Thursday Comedy Roundup: 30 Rock 7.04, Parks & Rec 5.05

26 October 2012 2:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30 Rock, Season 7, Episode 4, “Unwindulax”

Written by Matt Hubbard

Directed by James E. Sheridan

Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC

It’s as if having a finite end-date has imbued Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and by extension 30 Rock, with a new sense of vitality. In an unprecedented turn, 30 Rock finds itself the best comedy on NBC. With a svelte 13 episodes at hand, there is a surprising focus on seriality and the show is only stronger for it. “Unwindulax” returns to both Jenna’s music career and the 2012 election, both introduced in the season’s second episode, but much like last week, it’s the sharp writing that makes the episode work.

Jenna has moved on from “Balls” to the Jimmy Buffet-inspired “Catching Crabs in Paradise,” which is only a marginal improvement. However, it does inspire swaths of faux-parrotheads to gather on the sidewalks surrounding 30 Rock; more about them later. »

- Justin Wier

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Thursday Comedy Roundup: Parks and Recreation 5.01

22 September 2012 8:09 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Parks and Recreation, Season 5, Episode 1, “Ms. Knope Goes to Washington”

Written by Aisha Muharrar

Directed by Dean Holland

Airs Thursdays at 9:30pm Et on NBC

Tonight we return to Pawnee, Indiana with a brief detour through Washington, DC. Leslie and Andy are visiting Ben, who has accepted Jennifer’s offer to run a congressional campaign and taken April along with him as an assistant. Like much of the episode, this material is familiar but not in any way deficient. Andy’s reactions to Leslie’s tour of the national monuments recall his earlier visit to the Grand Canyon, and the look at what tour guide Andy would look like in the end-tag is one of the episode’s funnier moments.

What elevates this plot is Leslie’s emotional reaction to attending a party with Ben populated by DC’s equivalent to the A-list. When Leslie reveals she is a city-councilwoman, »

- Justin Wier

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PaleyFest: 'Parks and Recreation' Panel Talks Elections and Season 5

7 March 2012 4:03 AM, PST | | See recent BuddyTV news »

There is something quite romantic and sweet about falling in love with a small town like Pawnee, Indiana. This simple, yet devoted love brought all different kinds of folk to PaleyFest 2012 Tuesday night to hear the talented creators, writers, producers and limited cast spew jokes and good times about Parks and Recreation.

Panelists include: Producer and Director Dean Holland; Ep and Writer Dan Gore; Actor Jim O'Heir, who plays Jerry Gergich; Actress Retta, who plays Donna Meagle; Creator Mike Schur, Actor Chris Pratt who plays Andy Dwyer and bringing cardboard cut outs of Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, and Aubrey Plaza; and finally the great actress Amy Poehler, who plays Leslie Knoppe, bringing cutouts of Adam Scott and Rashida Jones.



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'Parks and Recreation' at PaleyFest: 15 essential takeaways from the cast and producers

7 March 2012 12:03 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

It was a laugh a minute from the moment the PaleyFest panel for NBC’s Parks and Recreation began last night at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre. The first 22 minutes, in fact, were especially hilarious, considering that the time was filled with a screening of this Thursday’s new episode of the comedy, titled “Lucky,” which was notable because it was written by series star Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson.

The episode was focused largely around an interview that Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) was supposed to do with a scandal-obsessed host played — rather memorably — by Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes »

- Tanner Stransky

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Thurs Comedy: 30 Rock 6.02, Parks and Rec 4.12, Archer 3.04, Unsupervised 1.01

19 January 2012 10:12 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30 Rock, Season 6, Episode 2, “Idiots are People Two!”

Written by Robert Carlock

Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller

Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC

Tonight on 30 Rock an attempt is made to deal with Tracy Morgan’s homophobic outburst this summer, and I’m not sure they wouldn’t have been better off leaving it alone. It’s not that the show isn’t capable of handling touchy political issues, last season’s “Tgs Hates Women” was one of the best episodes of the show’s run. It dealt with the perceived misogyny inherent in modern comedy (even more of an issue today with David Letterman’s talent booker being fired this week for claiming female comedians aren’t as funny as men), the Olivia Munn/Jezebel spat and female gross out comics like Sarah Silverman with a measure of insight and more importantly a level of humor that is completely absent from tonight’s episode. »

- Justin Wier

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