why do i love Jack Donaghy? oh, let me count the reasons...
Dec 10, 2008
I have to say, my absolute favorite character on TV right now is Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) on 30 Rock. He's Liz Lemon's boss and fictional head of NBC.
I think Baldwin does an incredible job spinning the authoritative "suit" role by alternating between WASP entitlement, child-like giddiness, and vunerability. What's great is that he says the most politically incorrect things about sex, race, and class — and still manages to come off as likable. How does a rich, white male character pull that off?
Favorite Jack Donaghy lines (in no particular order):
This ought to prove my mother wrong, saying Donaghy is Gaelic for failure. What the hell does she know, she's a Murphy: Bunch of mud farmers and sheep rapists.
Just to know she's filled with bile over me warms my heart.
So I was doing some research on comedy and I came across the cartoon strip "Dilbert." It's quite good. And I was wondering if we could do that.
Liz: Why are you wearing a tux?
Jack: It's after six. What am I, a farmer?
Don't gloat, it makes you seem man-ish.
Sure, I gotcha. New York, third-wave feminist. College-educated, single, and pretending to be happy about it, over-scheduled, undersexed, you buy any magazine that says "healthy body image" on the cover, and every two years you take up knitting ... for a week.
I'm aware of the fact that everyone seems to love this series, and I'm aware of how awesome Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and especially Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey are in their roles. But it's not a series I ever really was able to really get into.
One of the reasons I love 30 Rock is because each episode includes references to everything from Google News Alerts to Netflix to obscure celebrities. These references connect with me, since they're products or services I know and use. It's as if this is the first comedy show that I feel like I can actually relate to, as if the writers of the show know me personally. And they do, in so much as they know the demographic I fit into. And … more