30 Rock live – the differences between east and west coast versions

30 Rock

So 30 Rock did a live episode on Thursday. What a weird experience that was: to go from a single-camera comedy show shot on film (or at least given a filmic look)…

…to a multi-camera sketch show comedy shot on video with a live studio audience?

Very disconcerting.

America’s quite a big place, you may have noticed. Live TV in the US means if you’re going to air an episode at the same time on both the East and West coast, that means you either record the first one and air it again later (thus defeating the whole point of a live show) or have the cast do two separate performances.

Option 2 was the route chosen for 30 Rock, and would you be surprised to hear that there were differences between the two versions? Of course not. So after the jump, so you can compare and contrast, vids of all the differences between the East and West Coast versions. No Matt Damon, but Julia-Louis Dreyfus is in a couple.

Liz’s Flashback – East Coast
Flashback Liz makes different jokes about Jonathan.

Liz’s Flashback – West Coast
Flashback Liz makes different jokes about Jonathan.

Tracy’s Framed Poster – East Coast
Tracy’s frame falls at different times.

Tracy’s Framed Poster – West Coast
Tracy’s frame falls at different times.

Tracy’s Mix-Up – East Coast
Tracy mixes up his lines.

Tracy’s Mix-Up – West Coast
Tracy mixes up his lines.

Jack’s Alcohol – East Coast
Jack has different explanations on why men need alcohol.

Jack’s Alcohol – West Coast
Jack has different explanations on why men need alcohol.

Jack’s Magic Book – East Coast
Jack drops magic book.

Jack’s Magic Book – West Coast
Jack drops magic book.




  • I don’t know if it’s my computer or what, but the last video about Jack dropping his magic book is just a black screen….

  • MediumRob

    “I don’t know if it’s my computer or what, but the last video about Jack dropping his magic book is just a black screen….”
    Plays fine here on a Mac in Safari. Code looks identical for IE too. Anyone else?

  • It’s playing now, no worries!

  • hokusai

    [das ist gut] hmm the last 2 clips were the same.. also i watched both eps (east unst west) and u got most of the diffs except i seem to recall the ex-bf of liz’s (the doc with the hook hands) one he had a black man’s hand that tried to choke him out and then grabbed his testicles and the other he hd some rich broad’s hand with long nails and big bling rings etc.. not sure u got that one? anyways nice post 🙂