Liz Lemon (30 Rock)

Adventskalender 2014 – Türchen #12


Mein absolute Lieblings-Serienrolle ist Elizabeth Miervaldis „Liz“ Lemon, die Hauptdarstellerin von 30 Rock. Sie wird dargestellt von Tina Fey, die gleichzeitig der (die?) Showrunner der Serie ist (bzw. war). Liz wird zutreffend von ihrem Boss charakterisiert als „New York third-wave feminist, college-educated, single-and-pretending-to-be-happy-about-it, over-scheduled, undersexed, you buy any magazine that says ‚healthy body image’ on the cover and every two years you take up knitting for… a week“.

Liz ist sehr witzig, schlau und überaus sympathisch. Sozial ist sie unbedacht bis sorglos, böse Zungen (aka Jack Donaghy) sagen inkompetent. Aber so weit würde ich nicht gehen. Das Schönste an ihr ist, dass sie sich einfach für nichts zu blöd ist. Wirklich nichts.

Hier ein paar von Liz Lemons grandiosen Zitaten zu allen Lebenslagen, die die Figur sehr schön charakterisieren:

Lovers: “Oh… That word bums me out unless it’s between the words meat and pizza.” (2.8, “Secrets and Lies”)

Push Ups: “Why are my arms so weak? It’s like I did that push-up last year for nothing!” (7.6, “Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy”)

Luck: “My mom used to send me articles about how older virgins are considered good luck in Mexico.” (4.5, “Audition Day”)

World’s Worst Hooker: “You wanna party? It’s $500 for kissing and $10,000 for snuggling; end of list.” (5.18, “Plan B”)

College Futon: “Did you really think I wouldn’t recognize my college futon, with its trademark absence of sex stains?” (5.19, “I Heart Connecticut”)

January Weather: “Ugh, I hate January. It’s dark and freezing and everyone’s wearing bulky coats. You can do some serious subway flirting before you realize the guy is homeless.” (4.11, “Winter Madness”)

Fashion: “For instance, Jack taught me not to wear tan slacks with a tan turtleneck. I thought it looked nice, but he, rightly, pointed out that it made me look like a giant condom.” (5.11, “Mrs. Donaghy”)

Family: “If I have learned anything from my Sims family: When a child doesn’t see his father enough he starts to jump up and down, then his mood level will drop until he pees himself.” (3.21, “Mamma Mia”)

White Guilt: “Tracy took advantage of my white guilt, which is supposed to be used only for good, like overtipping and supporting Barack Obama.” (1.5, “Jack-Tor”)

Favorite Things: “Trying on jeans is my favorite thing! Maybe later I can get a pap smear from an old male doctor.” (5.7, “Brooklyn Without Limits”)

Rejection: “I don’t care. I’ll start my own group. Rejection from society is what created X-Men!” (Episode 4.16, “Floyd”)

Nooner: “And now I am heading home for a nooner—which is what I like to call having pancakes for lunch.” (6.2, “Idiots Are People Two!”)

Plastic Bag: “You know what Mr. Bag? I will have a nice day! I”m gonna hang you in my kitchen! And fill you with other bags! YOU WILL EAT YOUR FAMILY!” (5.22, “Everything Sunny All the Time Always”)

Eye Rolling: “I want to roll my eyes right now but the doctor said if I keep doing it, my ocular muscles might spasm and eject my eyeballs.” (5.16, “TGS Hates Women”)

Single: “I don’t need anyone. Because I can do every single thing that a person in a relationship can. Everything. Even zip up my own dress. You know, there are some things that are actually harder to do with two people. Such as monologues.” (4.13, “Anna Howard Shaw Day”)

Lady Hero: “You are my heroine! And by heroine I mean lady hero. I don’t want to inject you and listen to jazz.” (2.4, “Rosemary’s Baby”)

Pick-Up Line (Episode 1.8, “The Break up”):


Liz Lemon und Tina Fey sind sich ziemlich ähnlich. Das sagt die Autorin auch selbst. 30 Rock lebt von den Erfahrungen, die Fey bei SNL gemacht hat. Wer mehr darüber wissen will, sollte Bossypants lesen, Tina Feys Autobiographie. Sehr lustig. Und verdammt lehrreich. Hier eine Rezension und ein Zitat:

“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”

― Tina Fey, Bossypants

Leider läuft 30 Rock nicht mehr. Aber es war wirklich ganz große Klasse. High Five, Liz.



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