Tracy Morgan is to many a household name that is because there aren’t many things he has yet to do after being a star of both film and T.V. But now Morgan adds yet another accomplishment to his resume as he joins the list of stars who has hosted their own HBO comedy special.
He can now lay claim to being on a list, which includes Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Wanda Sykes, and Bill Maher. Fans of the New York born and bred funnyman will be treated to an hour of what is in effect Tracy Morgan uncensored when Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue airs Saturday, November 13th.
More than a thousand people filled the Apollo Theater on both nights of the taping of Morgan’s hour-long show.
“It’s strictly entertainment and in tough times you need a laugh. It’s hard at work and I’m just trying to wind down,” said Marcy White of Teaneck, New Jersey when describing what brought her out to the Apollo on a Friday night.
White’s been a fan since the comic first gained attention guest staring on Martin with another well-respected comic Martin Lawrence.
Morgan then joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a cast regular and spent several years there. He’s also had roles in a number of movies from Half Baked to Little Man to his most recent film appearance in Death at a Funeral.
On the first night of his taping Morgan walked out to a standing ovation after being introduced by deejays from local radio station Hot 97.
“This is incredible, it’s coming home,” the 41-year-old comic said.
Morgan has loyal fans, which means a diverse audience from his work on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and as of late 30 Rock.
The Emmy nominated actor’s jokes cover a wide variety of topics, including his visit to the White House, his take on President Obama versus former Presidents Bush and Clinton, his experience with substance abuse, and Mel Gibson’s racist and anti-Semetic rant.
When it came to politics Morgan thought he might have the skills needed to succeed saying, “I can politic, I used to scalp tickets all the time.”
A good thing for Morgan is that fans needn’t buy scalped tickets to enjoy his jokes, just make an appointment with their couches on a Saturday night.
Those who tune in might also be well-advised to do as the t-shirts sold at the show instructed and that is “put the kids to bed.”
Reactions to the show were all positive.
“He definitely kept me laughing the entire time,” said Laura Ezinne.
And for Morgan whose life has hit some rough patches, there are signs his star will continue to shine.
“It’s a pleasure to see him rise. He hit a rough bump, but he’s on the rise,” said Marcy White.
On the rise again, that is.
Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue airs at 10 p.m.