Tracy Morgan off camera is the most entertaining person you ever want to be around. Tracy doesn't go to the clubs -- he does his show between scenes. He's loud and hilarious and gets everyone's attention, and keeps us cracking up.
He goes off script all the time. He goes off script because he never looked at the script!
Morgan: If I didn't read the script, I wouldn't have been able to do my lines. I read the script all the time. Every day. It's just that (Brown) never saw me reading the script. I like to have fun. ... I come from a stand-up background and the first three letters in the word funny are fun. So I always had fun with it and I guess I made it look easy. I made it look like I wasn't reading the script.
On memorable on-screen moments:
Adsit: I don't know how often I repeated it on the show, but it seems to be the one that people mention to me on the street, which is just yelling the name Hornberger in a moment of meek victory. I think Pete got some ridiculous little victory over Jack and yelled "Hornberger!" It may have happened once or twice more. ... That seems to be Pete's catch phrase.
If I can be the symbol of meek victory for the rest of my life, that'll be something. That'll be a meek victory for myself. Hornberger!
McBrayer: I was so happy that they were able to come up with anything for Kenneth. It could easily be this one-trick pony that got played out very quickly. They managed to stretch it out for a while and hopefully not make people hate it too, too much -- all 13 people who watched the show.
There's one episode where they make me Tracy's assistant essentially. That was an important episode because they realized Kenneth and Tracy have a good dynamic. Another one where he was playing poker with Jack -- they discovered Jack may despise Kenneth but also like him.
I can tell you the ones I wasn't excited about were exterior shots in the middle of winter. I'm not a big fan of winter in the first place. I think they decided early on for the most part, Kenneth would never wear an overcoat. Really?!
Brown: The one I enjoy the most is a scene I did with Tina Fey, and she was trying to get the condo next door to her. She had me pretend to be her boyfriend, astronaut Mike Dexter. I am supposed to intimidate her neighbor to get him to move out. It turns out he is a gay hipster cop. He attacks me from behind, and beats me with a billy club and throws the cuffs on me -- that was a fun moment, getting to work with Tina Fey.
Chapman: My favorite episode would definitely be "Midnight Train to Georgia," when we got to show off a different side with our singing and dancing. Also the episode when we had to go into the woods and save Tracy in the woods, and he shot off the back of the car. That was a good one also.
Morgan: A favorite moment for me is when they said "Action!" the very first shot that we did of the pilot. The second best moment was when we got the back nine (episodes). ... That meant we were going to be around for a little while.
On how this gig has changed everything:
Brown: The show has changed my life. As an actor, it's one of those things where there are trained actors who have been working at this craft for decades, and they'll never get the exposure I got. It definitely changed everything for me.
McBrayer: It is rare for a great show to last that long. I know how good I got it. I realize how high the bar has been set. I know something like this may never happen to me again. But I just want to work on fun projects with fun people, and I think I'm going to be just fine.
Morgan: Obviously the show was good for my career. As far as my life, my life is different from my career. My life is good because I'm alive.
Friedlander: I didn't plan to do a sitcom. I don't think I watched a sitcom since "Family Ties." My plan was always stand-up and doing movies. "30 Rock" came along and I thought, all right, this films in New York and I'm in New York, and I was a big fan of Tina Fey. I thought, "Oh, she's doing a show, I'll audition for that." I wound up getting it and it was a great experience.
Chapman: I'm very thankful for everything I experienced this seven years, and if I don't do anything else in TV, you can't take that away from me. You can't take away that Liz Lemon is my boo, you can't take that away.
On life after "30 Rock":
McBrayer: The most emotional part of the (last) show for me was the two weeks leading up to it -- you realize this is the last time I will wear a page uniform, this is the last time I will have this catering -- that kind of stuff. The last two weeks in anticipation of the end were worse than the actual end.