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'30 Rock,' Uncle Rick and GE Trivection ovens

July 22, 2006 6:19 PM

Series regular Tracy Morgan is not as unbalanced as his character Tracy Jordan on "30 Rock," the new NBC series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at a sketch comedy show. At least that's what he said at the show's tour session on Saturday afternoon.

"It's like 'Alice in Wonderland,'" he said of playing an alter ego, referring to a scene in the pilot that shows just how whacked his character is.

"Being able to run down the street with your drawers on is fun," Morgan said.

This prompted one critic to ask if Morgan knows Martin Lawrence, who made headlines a decade ago for his unhinged antics in the middle of a public street.

"No, but I know my Uncle Rick," Morgan said. "He did it first. Martin didn't corner the market on meltdowns. And my Uncle Rick didn't even have drawers on."

The show's creator and star Tina Fey said Alec Baldwin will appear in every episode as an NBC programming executive. While her "SNL" colleague Rachel Dratch "is definitely part of the show," her role is being reworked from the pilot," Fey said.

The repeated mention of a GE Trivection Oven in the pilot was not "planned integration," Fey said. She picked the product off the GE Web site because "it sounded fancy."

"I believe you're all getting Trivection ovens," Fey said to the critics. "I hope I'm not wrong on that."


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