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The Roundup: Goodbye "30 Rock," it's been fun

This Thursday marks the series finale of NBC's "30 Rock"

TV viewers who appreciate quality will bid farewell to NBC's "30 Rock" this Thursday night, with an hour-long series finale. The critically acclaimed series never ranked above #69 in its 7 seasons despite an impressive cavalcade of guest stars that included everyone from Matt Damon to Al Gore to Jennifer Anniston. "30 Rock" always looked different, not only because of it's always-excellent cinematography but because it was one of very few sitcoms filmed in New York City, a refreshing break from LA sound stages and predictable locations (the beach, The Grove, Disneyland, etc.). "30 Rock" was probably the most meta series out there that wasn't on the G4 network, dropping deep pop culture, technology, business, and political references left and right in frenetic walk-and-talk exchanges between any combination of the series' characters. The show heralded Alec Baldwin's arrival as a comedic actor (people are forgetting his turn in films like Beetlejuice, etc.), and cemented Tina Fey's status as the premiere comedy visionary who happened to be female, at least until Lena Dunham came along. Sometimes too frenetic, almost always over-scored (the series composer happens to be married to Fey), the show has been fearless, criticizing the various owners of NBC over the years as well as performing episodes live (repeatedly for both East and West coast time zones). It's been a fun ride, ridiculously underappreciated by an American public who chose to watch God-knows-what on Thursday nights - farewell!

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Improv Everywhere takes over TED Conference

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Improv Anywhere performance at TED2012: Full Spectrum, February 27 - March 2, 2012. Long Beach, CA.

Improv Everywhere

Improv Anywhere performance at TED2012: Full Spectrum, February 27 - March 2, 2012. Long Beach, CA.

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Improv Anywhere performance at TED2012: Full Spectrum, February 27 - March 2, 2012. Long Beach, CA.


In a talk about the unexpected at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, something apparently goes awry. Horribly, awfully, wonderfully awry.

In actuality, that's not Colin Robertson but a hero to this improv nerd right here, Mr. Eugene Cordero, who you may have seen popping up here and there, including cameos on shows like "The Office." He also performs regularly at L.A.'s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

"Robertson" was introduced as "a futurist whose startup has discovered how crowd sourcing solar panel technology innovations can lead us to a new paradigm for health care reform," which the group behind it labels in a behind-the-scenes article as "basically nonsense, but nonsense that sounds interesting and innovative at first glance."

The video apparently is edited to make it slightly less awkward, as the original talk featured even more awful "OH MY GOD I FEEL SO BAD FOR THIS GUY" coursing through the audience.

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