Emmy winner Tim Conway talks '30 Rock', interview
By April MacIntyre Sep 14, 2008, 18:53 GMT
Emmy Award winner Tina Fey (NBC\'s "Saturday Night Live," "Mean Girls") writes, executive-produces and stars as Liz Lemon in NBC\'s "30 Rock," a workplace comedy where the workplace exists behind-the-scenes of a live variety show. The show is told through the comedic voice of Fey and features Alec Baldwin ("The Aviator," "The Cooler" ) as Jack Donaghy, the brash new network executive who has turned the show upside down with ...more
Actor Tim Conway collected his sixth career Emmy Award for his portrayal of Bucky Bright, a TV star from the 1940s and '50s, on NBC's hit series, "30 Rock."
"Where does the time go! This couldn't have come at a better time and it means the world ..." he told reporters backstage at the Awards show.
Mr. Conway shared he may return to the show in the future.
Mr. Conway spoke to Monsters and Critics about his award-winning guest starring role in "30 Rock" and how it came to pass.
Who was it at "30 Rock" that contacted you for this role? And were you a fan of the show prior to getting this role?
Tim Conway: I believe it was a janitor; Iím not sure. I donít know if he actually still works there or not. But he had called and said he was leaving and wanted to know, there was an opening, and would I be interested. And I was. When I got there they said would you also like to act, so I thought that wasnít that hard.
I had seen a few of the first yearís and then some of the second yearís and Iíve seen all of next yearís so Iím pretty in tune with the show. I thought it was Ė to me it was actually kind of confusing in the beginning, it really was. I didnít know quite where they were going. And of course without a laugh track to tell you where to laugh, which is very important in television nowadays, you didnít know quite whether they were putting you on or not.
But, once I got on to what they were doing and it took me two years, it Ė I just found it very, very entertaining and very sharply written and I love the fact that itís very subtle humor.
How did you get on with the cast of "30 Rock"?
Tim Conway: I didnít get a chance to meet any of them. My character was in a basement during the entire show so I didnít really Ė I donít even know if those people were there or not. No, they were wonderful. Alec is Ė Iíve known Alec for some time and so that was very comfortable.
Tina I had never met; sheís probably the most talented lady outside of Carol Burnett that Iíve ever met. I mean, she writes, she reads, she walks, she talks, she does everything. And she was so nice itís hard to believe that sheís in show business really. She just was marvelous.
And the young fellow who was assigned to me, (Ken) or (Jack) was just delightful, you know, here is, you know, a young kid who has to haul this guy around and show him where things are and do things and he was just marvelous. I think weíre going to get an apartment together Iím not sure.
Can you talk about the change in sitcoms over the years and can "30 Rock" hold up to the older ones?
Tim Conway: Well I think that itís gotten more relaxed; itís funnier. It is, you know, they kind of Ė a lot of people do refer to it as the 'Seinfeld' of tomorrow. But itís the 'Seinfeld' of today. I mean, it really is Ė itís inside but itís understandable, it is not complex, it is crazy. And it just seems to flow. The cast works so well together; everybody seems to like each other. And itís just comfortable.
I think theyíre getting into a groove now where also the audience understands them. I think at first probably the audience was confused by the show in that it wasnít he says/she says type of thing and now itís just very comfortable in the craziness that they do.