Monday, January 28, 2013

A Tribute to Jack Donaghy



For the 4 of you that care, 30 Rock will end its glorious run on television on Thursday night.  As I did a few weeks ago with the great Ron Swanson, I thought it would be good idea to explore some of the greatness of Jack Donaghy.  For those unaware, Jack Donaghy is a GE executive/pillar of awesomeness that forms a mentor/mentee with Liz Lemon.  Much like Swanson, Jack Donaghy has filled our airwaves with many iconic quotes and moments.  It seems only right that we immortalize him here for all 13 of our readers (we added one over the weekend).

Before we commence with the clips, I wanted to throw out a few lines that I couldn't find a video for.  In no particular order of importance:

-"Home run, Lemon. And speaking of baseball metaphors I see that someone got to first base which is what I consider sex with a stranger."

-"Letting morality get in the way of making money. I might as well go and... [whispers] be a teacher."

-"Well, it's business drunk, it's like rich drunk. Either way, it's legal to drive."

-"He's a white male with hair, Lemon. The sky's the limit."

-I believe that when you have a problem, you talk it over with your priest, or your tailor, or the mute elevator porter at your men's club. Then you take that problem and you crush it with your mind vice. But for lesser beings, like curly haired men and people who need glasses, therapy can help.

In reality, there are about another 100 quotes or so that we could pull from.  Unfortunately, we can't always put things into context, so we'll go with the ones above.  Enough with these, lets get to some clips.

The One that Started it All


Despite seven seasons of pure genius, this clip still remains the most famous.  It's solid in its simplicity and ridiculous in its execution.  In other words, it's like the vast majority of jokes on 30 Rock.  Sometimes, the original is the best.  This is one such case.

Jack Donaghy on Elections


The gang at 30 Rock had some really inspired election jokes this past year.  Let's just say that Mitt Romney didn't fare too well.  Here, we get Jack explaining how elections really work.  However, it's hard to agree with his assessment.  Something tells me there are a few corporations that are pretty bummed out that Barack Obama is still the president.

Jack Donaghy on Ambitious Women


Jack Donaghy has had many different takes on the female disposition over the years, but this one happens to be one of my favorites.  There are many different ways to describe ambitious women, but "like a dog wearing clothes" is pretty amazing.  I'm not even 100% sure what he means.  It doesn't matter.  It's comedic gold.

Jack Donaghy on Traveling for Work


One of my favorite things about Jack is his access to things most Americans have no idea even exist.  Nonetheless, the Office Replication Service should be a thing.

Jack Donaghy on How He Copes*


He doesn't just use sex, ladies and gentlemen, he uses sex AND awesomeness.  Without a doubt, it's a tough combo to beat.

*For the record, this episode of 30 Rock, "Reunion", remains one of my favorites ever.  "Reaganing" is also pretty damn awesome.  It's like choosing between my kids, so it's a draw.

We've only scratched the surface of Jack Donaghy.  I would encourage you to go on YouTube to search for more of Jack's pearls of wisdom.  Alternatively, you could just watch one of the best comedy series of all-time.  Trust me, Jack wouldn't disappoint you.  After all, the man is an 11.