Dowd, Maureen. “What Tina Wants.” Vanity Fair (Jan., 2009).
This lengthy interview with Tina Fey reveals some of her own views on her work in comedy. This has provided various launching points for my investigations. For example, her comment that her show 30 Rock is aimed at a male audience has caused me to look in to some sources that explore gender and comedy and perhaps what differences it makes to make guy jokes versus comedy for women.
Hitchens, Christopher. “Why Women Aren’t Funny”. Vanity Fair, January 2007.
This controversial article which spawned Alessandra Stanley’s “Who Says Women Aren’t Funny?” and Hitchen’s followup article “Why Women Still Don’t Get It” along with various video responses to a slew of angry letters explores issues of women creating comedy and attempts to negotiate the stereotypes and politics of that powerful and subversive (?) role.
Lavery, David (Editor) with Sara Lewis Dunne. Seinfeld, Master of Its Domain:, Revisiting Television’s Greatest Sitcom. The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc., New York. 2006.
Marc, David and Robert J. Thompson. Prime Time, Prime Movers: From I Love Lucy to L.A. Law—America’s Greatest TV Shows and the People Who Created Them. Little, Brown. Boston, Toronto, London. 1992.
These two sources, as well as an I Love Lucy book and a Cosby show book that I have coming through Link + give a historical context to 30 Rock as a sitcom, and will help me situate Tina Fey relative to a legacy of television creators and producers to find what exactly makes 30 Rock so acclaimed.
Morreale, Joanne (Editor). Critiquing the Sitcom: A Reader. Syracuse University Press. 2003.
This reader includes a few interesting chapters on sitcoms for women, sitcoms by women, and how women have reacted to sitcoms. This book will help inform my conceptualizing an idea on the significance of Fey’s comment that 30 Rock is a show for men.
Rabinovitz, Lauren. “Sitcoms and Single Moms: Representations of Feminism on American TV.” Cinema Journal. Vol. 29, No. 1 (Autumn, 1989), pp. 3-19. University of Texas Press on behalf of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Scovell, Nell. “Letterman and Me”. Vanity Fair. October 27, 2009.
This article on the latest late night show scandal offers some interesting insights on the male dominated world of the TV comedy writer’s room, and I hope to extrapolate from it to inform my idea of Fey’s SNL working environment which she goes on to portray in 30 Rock.
Shales, Tom and James Anderw Miller. Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live. Little, Brown. Boston, New York, London. 2002.
I’m hoping that this lengthy tome will give me a good idea of the SNL environment and how comedy is produced there, which I can then hold up to 30 Rock’s representation to hopefully highlight what changes or satire have been created by Fey and her crew with regards to this world.
Stanley, Alessandra. “Behind the Scenes, and Above the Rest.” The New York Times. November 30, 2006.
This critique of 30 Rock in relation to other sitcoms including “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the show and provides for me a different perspective on a show that is known for its numerous Emmys and critical acclaim.
Walters, Suzanna Danuta. Revi. “Review: Receptive Women: Consuming and Contesting TV Culture.” Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 22, No. 5 (Sep., 1993) pp. 735-737. American Sociological Association.
A feminist approach to viewership and the effects of television on women as well as the ways that women consume television. I wonder if whether or not the television is made by women will have a particular impact.