30 Rock, the sitcom from the early 2000s, gave rise to a bunch of interesting characters. The show was a satirical series made by the excellent Tina Fey. But we’re here to talk about the funny trucker hats made by Judah Friedlander.
Judah Friedlander, who played Frank Rossitano in the comedy, made statement trucker hats that he wore to the show. He was able to create enough hats to wear different ones in each scene. That’s approximately three hats per show!
Who is Judah Friedlander?
Judah Friedlander was born on March 16, 1969, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. As a child, he took quite an odd interest in political cartoons. He would often draw such characters and even went into making animated films.
Friedlander tried out stand-up comedy at the age of 19 while he was attending New York University. He continued to perform for several nights a week, even while working on 30 Rock. He loved stand-up comedy so much that he considers it his first true love and prefers it over on-screen acting. (Source: New York Times)
Friedlander has been living in New York for most of his adult life. He is currently living in Queens. He is active in the industry, with his most recent work in 2020. (Source: IMDB)
Friedlander on 30 Rock
As most fans would know, the sitcom is based on Tina Fey’s experience as a writer in the industry. Friedlander was regularly cast on the 30 Rock sitcom. He played the role of Frank Rossitano, who is somewhat sarcastic, lazy, and quite vulgar. According to Tina Fey, Friedlander’s character is actually inspired by two writers she used to work with at Saturday Night Live.
Friedlander added his personal touch to the character by having him wear different slogan-bearing trucker hats. They eventually became a running gag on the sitcom. What you may not know is, Friedlander makes these hats on his own. He created enough to be able to wear a different hat on every scene his character was in. This was estimated at three hats per show. (Source: Trib Live)
Things You Didn’t Know About Judah Friedlander
There’s definitely more to Friedlander than what meets the eye. Here’s a list of things you should know about the comedic genius.
He Finds Stand-Up Comedy Relaxing
Whenever Friedlander feels stressed or is looking to unwind, he goes out and does stand-up. He would even cover several shows in a night.
He Only Met Tina Fey When He Auditioned for 30 Rock
Most people assume that the pair were friends way before the show began. Though the comedian had always been a fan of Fey’s, he had never met her before the show.
He Loves Playing Ping Pong and Soccer
Friedlander absolutely loves ping-pong and soccer, that he would often promote these sports. Especially ping-pong since it seems to be so unappreciated in the United States.
Unlike What Most Would Think, He Does Not Live in a Fancy Neighborhood
Even if he can afford to live in a posh neighborhood, Friedlander prefers to stay in a blue-collar district in Queens. He believes in keeping things real.
He Loves New York City
Friedlander loves New York City, that he drives through the city every single day. In fact, he finds parking in New York much easier to find than in Los Angeles. Driving around allows him to go to different clubs in one night. (Source: Hollywood Reporter)