“My sense of humor is a turkey, and I pull it out of the oven and baste it in reality.” – Tracy Morgan
Award-winning comedian/actor/author Tracy Morgan starred on “30 Rock,” was a “Saturday Night Live” cast member for seven seasons, headlined the New York Comedy Festival, wrote a book about his life, appeared in such films as The Longest Yard and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and headlined stand-up shows across the globe. He joins us for a non-holds barred conversation on his career and newest Comedy Central special which premieres on Sun, Apr 20 at 10 pm.
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Starring for seven seasons on NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning “30 Rock,” Tracy Morgan appeared opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin as “Tracy Jordan,” the unpredictable star of Lemon’s (Fey) hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” In 2009 Morgan received his first Emmy Nomination for this role, in the Supporting Actor category; he has in six past years also been nominated for a Supporting Actor NAACP Image Award. The “30 Rock” cast has also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.” The beloved series came to an end in January 2013. Morgan will continue to focus on stand up with tours throughout the United States and Canada. In 2014, Tracy returns to television for his lead role in the FX Studios comedy, "Death Pact," where Morgan will play a “formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach" who returns to his hometown as a decorated war hero.
The last few years have been busy for Morgan as he balances between “30 Rock” and a busy movie career while also continuing to travel the country for stand-up. Even adding host to his line of credits, Morgan served as the 2013 Billboard Music Awards host, where he kept the laughs going on ABC’s LIVE broadcast this May. With comedy always as his foundation, Morgan has begun tackling dramas and independent films. In 2010, he starred alongside Al Pacino and Channing Tatum in the crime-thriller The Son of No One which received Sundance Film Festival honors. In August 2012, Why Stop Now bowed, which was also an official selection at Sundance. The film is centered on a piano prodigy (Jesse Eisenberg) who on the day of a big audition winds up on a drug-fueled odyssey with his addled mother (Melissa Leo) and her drug dealer, Sprinkles, played by Morgan.
Morgan has also had the opportunity to be a part of some of the most successful animated films in recent years. In 2009, he made his animation debut lending his voice for Jerry Bruckheimer’s G-Force, a combination live-action/CG film. The film opened number one in US box offices and was celebrated by audiences worldwide. Last year, he starred as the bulldog, Luiz, in the colorful and lively film Rio. In April 2014, he will return to voice the same character in Rio 2.
Another milestone for Morgan was reached in 2009 with the release of his first book, a compilation of studied anecdotes and some of the more serious moments that shaped him and his career entitled I Am The New Black. He also headlined the famed “New York Comedy Festival” which featured acclaimed comedians including Bill Maher, Andy Samberg and Patton Oswalt, among others. Lastly, Morgan rounded out his list of great comedic achievements with his first HBO Special, “Black & Blue.”
As a stand-up comic who has headlined across the country and abroad, Morgan was first introduced to television audiences in his role as “Hustleman” on the hit comedy series “Martin.” He went on to join “Saturday Night Live” in 1996 where he appeared for seven seasons and created such memorable characters as “Astronaut Jones” and “Brian Fellows.” After leaving "SNL," Morgan went on to star in his own comedy series “The Tracy Morgan Show” and voiced “Spoonie Luv” on Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers.” Additional film credits include: Why Stop Now, Cop Out, the remake of the British film Death at a Funeral, Dimension Films’ Superhero Movie, First Sunday opposite Ice Cube and Katt Williams, The Longest Yard opposite Adam Sandler, the Wayan’s brothers Little Man, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Head of State.
Morgan currently resides in New Jersey.