30 Rock, Season 7, Episode 3, “Stride of Pride”
Written by Tina Fey
Directed by Michael Engler
Airs Thursdays at 8pm (ET) on NBC
30 Rock continues its remarkably strong final season by addressing the fallacious “women aren’t funny” argument. The episode itself, written by Tina Fey, disproves this myth, but as Liz and the hysterical song that backs the climactic montage so succinctly state, it’s an argument that isn’t even worthy of address (although they hedge on this during the tag at the end). Shows like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation stand as proof-positive that women are every bit as funny as men even if the debate hadn’t already been settled by a long legacy of hilarious women stretching from Irene Dunne to Kelly Oxford. Yet it still seems to surface quite frequently, most recently espoused by Adam Carolla. Fey heightens the ridiculousness of the argument by putting it in the mouth of the show’s most absurd character, Tracy Jordan.