Saturday Night Live alum and 30 Rock favorite Tracy Morgan is returning to Boston to headline The Wilbur Theatre on Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. – so you ladies might want to double up on the birth control.
Despite the wrapping up of 30 Rock a year ago, Morgan shows no signs of slowing down as he served as the host of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, where he delighted the audience during ABC’s broadcast last May. Despite his comedic nature, Morgan began taking on dramas and independent films, and in 2010, he starred alongside Al Pacino and Channing Tatum in the crime-thriller The Son of No One, which was widely praised at the Sundance Film Festival. In August 2012, Morgan played the role of Sprinkles in the film Why Stop Now, 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, played by Morgan.
Having performed in Boston this past November for the Cam Neely Foundation’s Comics Come Home, Morgan chatted with the Boston Comedy Scene Examiner about coming back to a city he simply loves being in.
BCSE: Hi Tracy, how are you?
TM: How you doing?
BCSE: I’m doing well. It’s a delight to get to talk to you today. Luckily enough I found my diaphragm this morning so you won’t be getting me pregnant.
BCSE: So we are very excited to have you back in town especially so soon after you were just here in November for Comics Come Home.
TM: Oh yeah, man I love being in Boston. I love doing comedy and I think their town is really hip and I look forward to being back there.
BCSE: Awesome. Now what made you decide to be a part of Comics Come Home last year?
TM: Well I was invited, and I wouldn't pass up a chance to make a contribution and champion all those causes. I champion all those causes so I wanted to be a part of it, and I was really happy that I was invited and I was able to be a part of it and do my part.
BCSE: Yeah, I think it was definitely a special treat for fans that you were a part of it, so we thank you for that.
TM: Thank you.
BCSE: Now I have to ask, how has life been since 30 Rock wrapped up?
TM: Oh things are going great. I just saw Tina Fey at the Jimmy Fallon premier and she’s doing well and I’m doing well and the rest of the cast is doing fine. Life is good.
BCSE: Excellent. Now it must be nice to be able to just kind of focus on your stand-up right now?
TM: Well I've got a few balls in the air but I don’t like to brag about anything. But I love the fact that I got back to stand-up. That’s my roots so it feels good.
BCSE: Absolutely. Now I had read a previous interview where you mentioned that political correctness is sort of turning into censorship.
TM: That’s what it feels like.
BCSE: It definitely does, and I wanted to ask do you feel like there’s sort of a double standard in society today where as long as you’re on the bandwagon saying the right things, you’re free to say whatever you want, but God forbid you go the other way?
TM: Yeah, I mean that’s I guess ‘freedom of speech but watch what you say’. It’s contradictive and it hurts stand-ups especially, because we speak for a living. We say what we see and what we hear and in character and all of those things, but people are really sensitive about things now so I just try to move on and be funny. My intent when I first started was to be funny and I've stayed that way, although I say what I see, but when I first started a lot of my material was based on my imagination. As I grew and matured, a lot of it is based on my observation, so I talk about what I observe.
TM: As long as it’s the truth I don’t have to defend it.
BCSE: Exactly, and I think that what we’re seeing now more commonly are people that aren't even at a comedy club are deciding, ‘oh I’m going to take this line out of context and get offended at it or offended by it but I wasn't even there’.
TM: Exactly. If you don’t like comedy, make it a Blockbuster night. You won’t have to comment on everything.
TM: So that’s what it is now. Bad news travels at the speed of light. Good news travels at the speed of molasses and that’s what it is. People love drama and you’ve got your haters out there.
BCSE: Oh yeah.
TM: But I just want to give a special thank-you and hello to the haters. Hi haters!
BCSE: (laughs) If you don’t have haters you’re doing something wrong.
TM: Yeah, you’re going to have that. It’s controversy that’s all.
BCSE: And they keep you on your toes, too, and sometimes they’re fun to incite.
TM: You make your judgments and then you don’t have to worry about it. You’re always going to have those people who are offended about every little thing and now they have a vehicle. They can go on the internet and they act like people care so Facebook and all this other stuff, so that’s what it is now.
BCSE: Right. Everybody’s got a voice which is kind of unfortunate.
TM: Everybody and it’s so confusing because people come to the comedy club with the intent. Stand-up and comedy is the place where we are supposed to be able to make fun of all of the world’s ills and all of those things. That’s why we had TV shows like Archie Bunker and The Jeffersons. They were able to make fun of ourselves then. We take ourselves way too serious now.
BCSE: I could not agree more.
TM: They were able to make fun of our bigotry and our racism with The Jeffersons and Archie Bunker and all of that. We were able to laugh at ourselves, but people are crying now. If you don’t laugh, you’re going to cry and people are crying. That’s why I guess you have lots of people like comedians down here to keep us laughing.
BCSE: Definitely. I know you've got many balls in the air. Can you tell me about a couple of things that you’re working on?
BCSE: Oh fantastic.
TM: So be sure to check it out.
BCSE: Definitely. My birthday’s the 15th so I’m going to consider that your birthday present to me.
TM: Thank you baby and you better stop wearing that diaphragm.
BCSE: That’ll be my birthday present to you.
TM: You know I love making babies.
BCSE: Well I have to say I’m very much looking forward to seeing you early next month here in Boston. It’s going to be an absolute blast. Always is when you’re in town.
TM: Well if you can, come back stage and say hi to me.
BCSE: I absolutely will. I wouldn't miss it.
TM: Thank you.
BCSE: Thank you and thanks so much for chatting with me Tracy. I’ve been a fan for a long time so like I said this is truly a delight.
TM: Thank you darling. Bye-bye.
One never quite knows what will go down when Tracy Morgan comes to town – but surely, someone’s getting pregnant. Don’t miss an exciting night of fun and laughs as Morgan performs at The Wilbur Theatre on Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster. The Wilbur Theatre is located in Boston’s historic Theater District at 246 Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts.