Best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (Brian Fellows, anyone?) and for his role as Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock, Tracy Morgan says his standup material is edgy, funny, and even thought-provoking. "I get my material from life," Morgan says. "I talk about sex. I talk about racism. I talk about some of the dark things going on in the world right now. I talk about the joy in my life. I talk about family situations, and I inject my sense of humor into them. I might try to change people's minds about a few things. I try to touch people's hearts." Morgan realized he was funny when he was around four years old, and he says his upbringing made him into the comedian he is today. "I don't come from a place were I have a stream running through my backyard. I come from the ghetto," he says. "I come from South Brooklyn. I come from living across from Biggie Smalls and Jay-Z. I can never forget those days. That's where I got my comedic instincts from. That's where I acquired all those skills: living in that condition." Comedy served as a form of survival growing up, and talking about his real-life experiences in his standup allows Morgan to connect with his audience. "Comedy was my escape. Comedy is where I made my joy. Comedy is what allowed me to give my kids opportunities and all that. I see that. That was a gift from God to me," he says. "It also helps people who come to my show to escape the everyday grind and laugh at some stuff. They understand that they're not the only ones going through it." Morgan promises fans will have a good time at Pantages this Saturday. "Come see my show 'cause I'm funny. I'm very funny," Morgan says. "If you think I'm funny on TV, see me live — it's an experience. Welcome to the world of Tracy Morgan. If you want to laugh, have a good time, and go home feeling good, you should come. You might get a little education, and a piece of my world. Come check it out." (Photo by Clay Patrick McBride)
Sat., May 4, 8 p.m., 2013
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