I laughed throughout last night's "30 Rock," which will perhaps be the last episode for quite some time, because of the strike. Kenneth's caffeine addiction felt too conventional and predictable but everything else was spot-on. They even shot Tina Fey's interview scene in my parents' building.
Now that the show knows it's funny, it's felt comfortable enough to amp up its absurdism almost to the level of Ionesco. Each episode feels as it if emerged spontaneously from the mind of the funniest person on the planet who also happens to have a wholly original voice -- in short, the Platonic ideal of a comedy writer. Which causes me to wonder how a collaboration of mere mortals can accomplish such a feat. How much of each episode is written by the credited writer? How do other writers contribute lines? How are the best lines decided? And what is Tina Fey's role?