The comedy scene

Tracy Morgan bringing act to Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

 

Tracy Morgan has a strong reputation for being outrageous and brutally funny. From his tenure on Saturday Night Live to his Emmy-nominated turn as Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock (which wraps for good Thursday) Morgan has endeared himself to audiences, despite his alcohol-related arrests and controversial comments.

Newsday recently spoke to Morgan, 44, who is bringing his comedy act to The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek 9 p.m. Saturday.

How has “30 Rock” changed your life, and how do you feel about the show coming to an end?

I think I brought something to the table. Career-wise, it helped — making it better. As far as the show ending (on Jan. 31), it’s bittersweet. I’m satisfied that we did great TV for seven years. I’m going to miss playing Tracy Jordan, but I think we got everything we could out of that character.

You seem to attack everything with boundless positive energy. Where does that stem from?

My dad was like that. He survived Vietnam, but he came back and was always upbeat in spirit. But I get down sometimes. It’s healthy to get the blues. I’m not chipper and upbeat all the time — I’m human, man. As long as I’m doing my comedy in the spirit of the masters like Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Richard Pryor and George Carlin, then I know I’m on the right track. I’m not a mean-spirited guy.

What do you think is the right vehicle for you next?

I’d like to see me and Eddie Murphy in a comedy flick or me with Chris Tucker, Ben Stiller or Vince Vaughn, that’s the deal. I can do drama, too. I even want to do a musical on Broadway. I got some pipes, man.

There are a lot of comedians like Jay Mohr and Jim Breuer who do impressions of you in their act. Does that bother you?

It’s flattering. Let them make a living off of it. I don’t mind.

You put a lot of yourself out there in your 2009 book, “I Am the New Black” — plus the press has written extensively about you. How has airing your personal issues affected your career?

Hopefully it had an impact on someone else’s life. They realize that they aren’t the only one who went through something in life. It has cultivated my personality. I wasn’t born on TV or hatched out of an egg. I went through stuff in life. We all go through struggles. That’s what life is.

How has your style of stand-up comedy evolved over the years?

My career went into TV and movies really early. The talent to be funny was always there, I never lost it. But now I’m mastering the technique. Wait until you see me now. It’s technique over talent. Can you dig that? ’Cause that’s the stuff!

Tickets: 954-977-6700, www.seminolecasinococonutcreek.com

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • The television scene

    ‘Game of Thrones’ stars visit Miami to talk fantasy

    When Game of Thrones hit HBO in 2011, readers of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series were easy converts. The violence, nudity and dragons quickly hooked the non-readers, too, helping the series pull in a record 6.6 million viewers for the Season 4 premiere last week.

  • Radar

    Hot stuff celebrities love

    Thin is in — always. Need a snack that isn't salt- or fat-filled? Nonni's ThinAddictives are a must for any health minded snacker's pantry or desk drawer. These wholesomely delish biscotti-like crunchers are way convenient, tidily wrapped in pre-portioned, 100-calorie freshness packs. Two new flavors, Banana Dark Chocolate and Blueberry Oat Almond, just got celebrity trainer/“Naked Fitness” author Andrea Metcalf’s A-OK. At Publix, Costco and www.nonnisfoods.com

  • Celebrity birthdays on April 20

    Actor George Takei is 77. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 73. Keyboardist Craig Frost of Grand Funk Railroad is 66. Actress Jessica Lange is 65. Actor Clint Howard is 55. Actor Crispin Glover is 50. Actor Andy Serkis is 50. Actress Carmen Electra is 42. Actor Joey Lawrence is 38. Multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band is 36.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category