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‘30 Rock’ turns Stone Mountain into hicktown USA


Last night’s NBC sitcom “30 Rock” featured a town called Stone Mountain, Georgia. But nobody would mistake it for the actual Stone Mountain. Nonetheless, mayor Gary Peet wasn’t perturbed a bit.

“It was kind of harmless,” Peet, mayor for the past eight years. “It was so disconnected from reality, it doesn’t really matter.”

The show’s writers used the name Stone Mountain (hometown of a former “30 Rock” writers Donald Glover) simply because it sounded like a hick town that Kenneth the page (played by former Conyers resident Jack McBrayer) might have come from.

The plotline: Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) is seeking talent for the sketch show from a place that isn’t elitist such as San Francisco or New York. So he and Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) fly down to Kenneth’s hometown. (You can watch the episode here on hulu.)

While Jack espouses Stone Mountain as “real America,” Liz argues that no one area of America represents America.

“You’re wrong,” Jack says. “Small towns are where you see kindness and goodness and courage of every day Americans, the folks who teach our kids, run our prisons and grow our cigarettes, people still living by core American values.”

The “30 Rock” imagining of Stone Mountain is very very white and hayseed. The actual city of Stone Mountain is majority black.

There is no comedy club named the Laugh Factory there. But they do have a Dugan’s Tavern.

There is no Fatty Fat’s Sandwich Ranch. But there’s an Applebee’s.

There is no such thing as a carp Po’ boy with extra chuckle. But the Sycamore Grill reportedly has yummy grits.

And Stone Mountain is not home to popular ventriloquist Rick Wayne and his puppet Pumpkin, who Jack almost hired to be on the New York-based sketch show. But Wayne insulted Jack so heavily, Jack jumped on the stage of the Laugh Factory and stomped Pumkin’s head off.

In reality, Wayne is Jeff Dunham. The puppeteer is so popular now that he has his own Comedy Central show, which opened to more than 5.4 million viewers last week. And he is practically in Dane Cook territory, likely to fill a good portion (if not all) of Philips Arena December 29.

Peet said “30 Rock” wasn’t exactly his cup of tea in terms of TV viewing but he did say it had funny moments. Indeed, I thought the secondary plotlines were more amusing. (Jenna trying to be nice to the writers and Tracy frightened by becoming the third celebrity to die in the “rule of threes”). And why didn’t they have Kenneth fly down with Liz and Jack to give them a tour of Stone Mountain? Then again, they did have McBrayer play folks who look an awful lot like him.

42 comments Add your comment


October 30th, 2009
3:52 pm

The Stone Mtn. plotline wasn’t bad, it was just stupid to use the name “Stone Mtn.” since their perception bore absolutely no resemblance to the real Stone Mtn. I’m a big 30 Rock fan since the get go but this season has started rather slowly. There are about 2-3 laugh out loud lines per episode which is weak for them.
My favorite line was from Tracy Morgan when he asked Jack Doneghy to get him someplace where nothing could happen to him then said, “Can you get me on Charlie Rose.” Now THAT’S entertainment.

Yeah, I saw it..

October 30th, 2009
4:03 pm

This is one of my favorits shows! Tinay Fey and Tracy Morgan were great – as usual.

I loved the Stn. Mtn. skit… it was too funny! I couldn’t believe it when they said they were coming to Georgia…the comedy club scene was interesting. Where did they film this?

I also like to watch Friday Night Lights, LOST, So you think you can dance and CSI: Miami.

I used to watch Las Vegas – before it was cancelled.


October 30th, 2009
4:06 pm

It was a pretty funny episode. Most of the country probably doesn’t know that there is a real Stone Mountain. A lot of Hollywood locations aren’t the real ones even when it’s a real place. Parts of Athens and the surrounding area were the University of Ithaca in “Road Trip.” If you’ve ever seen “Groundhog Day” and been to Punxsutawney, Pa., you notice they didn’t use the real place.

The carp po’ boy with extra chuckle made me, well, chuckle.

Tyrone Biggums

October 30th, 2009
4:11 pm

This show is great. Tracy Morgan is the best.


October 30th, 2009
4:14 pm

I love “30 Rock” so much, I want to take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant.

Lloyd Braun

October 30th, 2009
4:17 pm

it was a fine parody of how stupid and played redneck comedy is. how is “you might be a redneck” still funny to anyone – except stupid rednecks.


October 30th, 2009
4:46 pm

I loved the small town newscast from St. Mtn: “a local celebrity has been hired by a Catholic to work with a black man.”

Memory Alpha

October 30th, 2009
6:06 pm

Am I the only one who thinks they picked “Stone Mtn” as a play on the name, “30 Rock”, duh?? And they could’ve gone for historical accuracy by portraying a klan meeting…


October 30th, 2009
6:10 pm

Your second sentence makes no sense. And if it does, it means the opposite of what you mean!


October 30th, 2009
8:14 pm

this show is lame, not funny and only appeals to hideous lib-tards

Casual Observer

October 31st, 2009
1:51 am

Rodney, you discredit yourself when you fact-check a comedy skit…just like CNN/Wolf and SNL.

Ron Mexico

October 31st, 2009
8:17 am

There were more white people in that comedy club than there are in the actual city of Stone Mountain.


October 31st, 2009
10:24 am

This espisode was so off-based I doubt if I watch the show ever again. Tina Fey “Sarah Palinized” the town of Stone Mountain. Maybe they should do a little research? It wasn’t funny. Just narrow-minded.


October 31st, 2009
4:34 pm

Debra: 30 Rock is not the real world. It’s surreal and off-kilter
and part of the joke of “Stone Mountain” was that it’s not Stone
Mountain, Ga. It’s going to sound crazy to you, but the writers
knew that, as I’m sure they knew before a second of it was filmed
that people like you would actually take them seriously. Go to the
bank, withdraw some money and buy yourself a clue.


October 31st, 2009
7:46 pm

Look in the mirror, that IS how you are down here. Dumb, simple folk. I think Debra’s comments speak volumes. Everyone down here is so detached from the rest of the world. I laughed at the nightly newscast because I swear that’s how it is every night here on the news. Atlanta is making national headlines for this… Atlanta is getting noticed for that…. meanwhile, the rest of the country barely knows Atlanta even exists. If it weren’t for Smokey And The Bandit or Dukes Of Hazzard, we wouldn’t even be on the map at all.


November 1st, 2009
11:02 pm

I think that perhaps one of the reasons they used the name Stone Mountain is because Stone Mountain is the hometown of one of their former writers. Donald Glover was a member of Derrick Comedy, used to write for 30 Rock and is now playing the character Troy on NBC’s new show Community. They’ve been making a LOT of references to NYU recently in some of their one-liners, which is his alma mater, so maybe they just miss him.


November 2nd, 2009
4:17 pm

Jonas – one great thing about Atlanta is the three major interstates that converge right here. And when you’ve had your fill of us “dumb and detached” folk pick one and head someplace else, you won’t be missed. So more people know Atlanta for Smokey and the Bandit and the Dukes of Hazzard. Hmmmm guess people never heard of Martin Luther King Jr (oh no who’s that?!) or Coca Cola or the ‘96 Olympic Games (which unlike Chicago we were actually able to win) and I’m just getting warmed up. Or perhaps all of those more interesting people from those more interesting places hate the fact that no matter where you go on this planet, you are probably changing planes at Hartsfield-Jackson. Atlanta has just as much to be proud of as any other place. And I can’t help but think if where you came from was soooo great, why didn’t you do us a favor and stay there?


November 2nd, 2009
6:37 pm

Would that the real Stone Mountain were as sophisticated and intellectual as the fictional one depicted on 30 Rock. What I wouldn’t give for a good chuckle sandwich and a good comedy club. In the real Stone Mountain, all I get is the usual crud.


November 3rd, 2009
12:22 pm

Jonas ,

Hook, line, and sinker they always take the bait.

Ackston you gullable fool.


November 3rd, 2009
12:25 pm

Jerry. You just proved 30 Rock was correct in its’ portrayal of the South.

Wheat Williams

November 3rd, 2009
12:28 pm

Obviously there was no location shooting; it was all done in New York. They could have at least used some stock footage of the actual mountain. That would have at least established the geography. Hey, I like the show; this is merely a lost opportunity for the Georgia Tourist Bureau.


November 3rd, 2009
12:36 pm

I didn’t know that one of the writers was from Stone Mountain, but I did know that Jack McBrayer (Kenneth) was from Macon by way of Conyers – so I suspected that the inaccuracy of the creators’ portrayal of Stone Mountain is part of the joke. The fact that the writer was from the city itself confirms it.


November 3rd, 2009
12:51 pm

I remember an episode a while ago saying Kenneth was from North Carolina…the Stone Mountain thing threw me!

Reality on Neptune

November 3rd, 2009
12:52 pm

Is that a “love sammich” goin’ on at the far right side of your purty picture?

They’s all got big smiles and that blonde chick is squeezin’ Sarah Palin’s ass.

Just sayin’.


November 3rd, 2009
12:58 pm

Stone Mountain’s 15 minutes of fame and being brought to life via 30 Rock. I have never appreciated shows that use laugh tracks. They turn the machines on to often and usually at the wrong times…(when nothing funny is being said).


November 3rd, 2009
1:14 pm

I think their portrayal of Georgia was just fine – maybe not enough.
We are all a bunch of backwards toothless-banjo-playing-pigass-eating dullards. It is a terrible place to live. So tell all your friends in New York, Ohio, Michigan and Chicago to STOP moving here.


Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

November 3rd, 2009
1:15 pm

What seems to be lost on a few, from my watching the episode, is that the stand-up/ventriloquism routine – of the “local” talent – was so quick and sophisticated, and the audience so “with it” that Tina Fey’s character’s view – that no part of America is “the real America” – was completely vindicated over the Alec Baldwin character’s “pure and simple” view of “Stn Mtn.”

The fact of the matter is that Atlanta is the best city in America, ergo, the best city in the world.

Any differing opinion is held or voiced by one who’s never “been there.”

It’s all “downhill” from here.

May G-d bless Atlanta, and LIsa Borders as our next mayor.


November 3rd, 2009
1:28 pm

On a previous episode there was a mention of Stone Mountain as Kenneth’s hometown, followed by a flashback to his high school prom…where he was the only white person. The writers are just playing with stereotypes.


November 3rd, 2009
1:31 pm

Uh, it was Jack who was ‘Palinizing’ America. He was saying that small towns are where the smart backbone of America lives. Liz was saying that NO place represents all of America.
Watch the show more closely!


November 3rd, 2009
1:56 pm

So I live in Atlanta and when I picture Stone Mountain and its residents I picture Stone Mountain Park and its visitors which is a VERY white person environment. As for the smartness of the show, I think it’s Liz’s point there is no such thing as a “real” America or a “real” American. I think if you are a citizen and have pride in America (regardless of political, social, whateveral inclination) you represent America. Folks who use the “real” word are just divisive and should be considered un-American.


November 3rd, 2009
2:15 pm

Also: Alec Baldwin i quite familiar with GA. His ex, Kim Basinger, used to own some land out towards Braselton and they frequented here many times. Big City/Small Town/North/South/White/Black. We were all born into these social constructs so to defend them so fiercely is moot. We are all part of each other and are either a mirror to our self made illusions or to love and truth. That being said- 30 Rock is funny and I love you all, even the Yankees.


November 3rd, 2009
2:20 pm

They couldn’t pick something that sounds more hick than Stone Mountain? How about Lavonia, Cusseta, Albany (All-Bannie), Buena Vista, Warm Springs (Warm Sprangs), or Coweta County (Cow Eat A)?


November 3rd, 2009
3:45 pm

I understand why people are getting upset. No offense, but the real Stone Mountain is a tourist attraction and not all publicity is good publicity, especially when the information is not true. Don’t say Georgia is back water. There are country people in almost EVERY state, even the “so-called sophisticated California and New York”.

Donald Baxter

November 3rd, 2009
4:32 pm

Being from Sexcriminalboat, Georgia, I wouldn’t actually know what Stone Mountain is really like.


November 3rd, 2009
4:49 pm

Wonder if this had anything to do with Georgia’s tax breaks for films and tv shows featuring Georgia?


November 3rd, 2009
5:48 pm

Ackshun – If you are going to take the trollbait and try to discuss Atlanta’s virtues, you have to do better than the olympics and Coke, two things that people really don’t care about.

Steve Martin

November 3rd, 2009
5:53 pm

Roekest — You are hilarious!!!!


November 3rd, 2009
5:55 pm

I thought the show was fairly funny, but I have seen Tracy Morgan spout some racist crap in the past, so I probably won’t become a regular. I get the tie in with Andy Jackson (the racist carved into Stone Mountain) though Hahahahaha.


November 4th, 2009
12:23 pm

The opening with Tina Fey was great. She has the sexy librarian look going for her and its hot!


November 4th, 2009
5:11 pm

Robert Lee, Thomas Jackson, and Jefferson Davis are carved into Stone Mountain. I’m a big fan of the show, but I guess I missed that joke.


November 4th, 2009
10:05 pm

Jeeezzz…it’s just a TV show. Some people get all uptight over nothing. Everything has to center around racism these days…get over it people!

Stats prove that a majority of prisoners are African-American. They also prove that almost ALL serial killers are Caucasian. That doesn’t mean that all African-Americans are criminals or that all cuacasians are serial killers. That just means that the cops are preying on black folks and you can’t trust a cracker!!

LOL – c’mon somebody laugh…anyone?

Oh well, get over it because we live in a melting pot.


November 28th, 2009
1:36 pm

I’ laughing J-Bird. I agree.