Since I’m in the library with Rabbi Dr. Professor Jurgen Haverstam, DHL, I should probably take this opportunity to live blog my experiences of his studying for generals. It goes as such.

9:19 Meet Haverstam on the Long Island Rail Road from Mineola’s Recovery Room to New York’s Penn Station where I force him to go with me to the Tick Tock diner on 34th and 8th. As we wait and wait for our food, Haverstam points out that the phrase “tick-tock” is used to show how long you have to wait, and has nothing to do with punctuality or “being on the clock.” I concur. We also discover that the Diner is in the ground floor of the New Yorker hotel and decide that, in general, it’s a really bad idea to stay in a hotel that names itself for its locale. Somehow, the Paris Hotel doesn’t sound very Parisian.

11:00 Set out for the YIVO archives where we spend at least an hour and a half going through metal detectors. I don’t know what to make of the fact that the Center for Jewish History has better security than 90% of the airports in this country.

Second 11:00 Realize that I have not entered a time-warp and that my computer is still on Austin time.

12:15 Haverstam finally gets his books and reads for a solid 20-40 minutes, pointing out how much he likes his book with its references to now defunct movie theaters.

1:30 Haverstam disappears.

1:52 Decide that Haverstam has entered a time-warp. Or, has managed to find the Center for Jewish History’s secret bar, one that exclusively serves Harvey Wallbangers.

I felt the need to elevate this comment on Haverstam’s most recent dispatch to a post — as I have yet to write anything dealing with such pertinent matters as “Heroes Season Three,” I’ll make due with a posting that is tangentially about the sublime “30 Rock.”
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The sketch is pretty funny, along the lines of the other fake commercials that the show has featured in the last 10+ years (e.g. Three-legged Jeans, Gatorade Cookie-Dough Sport, KCF coleslaw shredder, and of course, Schmitt’s Gay). What’s notable is that these bits have often been much funnier than the “live” material on the show… while similar ‘commercials’ in the 70s (Super Bass-O-Matic, Creely’s Soup, Adopt John Belushi for Christmas) weren’t pre-recorded.

So too, there’s been a fair gnashing of teeth about how few of the modern SNL repertory players have gone on to have careers after leaving the show (case in point, Jimmy Fallon). However, the success of Will Ferrell in branching out beyond his SNL persona (occasionally), and Tina Fey’s ascendancy as the doyenne of comedy serve to bolster Haverstam’s point, I believe.