30 Rock returns for its 3rd hilarious season tonight on NBC, and while this premiere episode is focused on Liz's adoption attempts rather than anything Halloweeny, there was a little something hilariously spooky of note that deserves a "welcome back 30 Rock" spooktacular feature - that's right... it's werewolf bar mitzvah time!
Tracy Morgan's "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah," in case you missed it, (shame on you!) stemmed from 30 Rock's Season 2, Episode 2, "Jack Gets Back in the Game." The bit in the episode was only a few seconds long, but showed up online as a longer video because it's awesome and who doesn't need as much Tracy Jordan as they can get??
So here is the 30 Rock spookiness in all its glory, followed by some explanation if you want some details on how this all came to be!
Full "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" Videos:
But why "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah," you ask?
According a New York Times article as written at the time of this blessed 30 Rock event:
"Robert Carlock, an executive producer of '30 Rock,' said he came up with the idea as the writers mulled the breakup of the marriage of Tracy, played by the comedian Tracy Morgan. In the box of detritus that his wife delivers to him is the gold record from his recording of 'Werewolf Bar Mitzvah'.... 'I imagined that Tracy probably went to a bar mitzvah and thought, "Why are there no bar mitzvah songs playing at this party?"' said Mr. Carlock, who wrote the segment along with Tami Sagher."
But of course! One of the greatest parts of 30 Rock, besides its hilarious characters and plotlines, is that they throw the littlest things in episodes that become huge with fans moments after (mind grapes, chocolate rain, werewolf bar mitzvah... you get the idea.)
Also going along with this "little, but big" idea, here's the rundown on making "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" from The New York Times article:
"It took three days to prepare the set, a combination of a rented spooky backdrop, branches hanging from metal light stands and carved-foam Jewish tombstones. The segment was shot on video - four takes totaling about 15 minutes, Mr. Carlock said - and was intended to look shlocky, 'like Tracy was rushing to get it done in time for bar mitzvah season.'"
Enjoy and don't forget to tune in to 30 Rock Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC!
Photo courtesy of nytimes.com