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!
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