Tracy Morgan’s ‘Today Show’ interview was just a ’30 Rock’ sketch, right?

Actor Tracy Morgan arrives at the 2019 ESPY Awards held at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

Tracy Morgan is beloved to me because of his autobiographical 30 Rock character, Tracy Jordan. On 30 Rock, Tracy was often sent out to promote the weekly variety-show-within-the-show, TGS with Tracy Jordan. Tina Fey would lampoon the reality of “stars on a network show being told to only promote the show in-network,” and Fey did that by getting various NBC News personalities to do cameos on 30 Rock. Throughout 30 Rock, Jenna Maroney told Chris Matthews “U Burnt!” and Tracy Jordan once made the market crash with his live interview on CNBC. Honestly, it’s all great and incredibly funny. Much as I hate to admit it, Brian Williams’ cameos were always some of the funniest.

Also really funny? The recurring 30 Rock bit that Tracy and his wife (played hysterically by Sherri Shepherd) were into all kinds of kinky and nonsensical role-playing. So… Tracy Morgan appeared on the Today Show this morning and Hoda Kotb had to interview him via link-up and I swear this is all a 30 Rock scene. His wife is role-playing a “young maiden” with coronavirus and he role-plays the scientist with the cure.

He also says he’s going to get all of his animals – including his sharks and his silverback gorilla?? – tested for the coronavirus. Which is also a 30 Rock skit. He also defended Donald Trump and said it’s not his fault that America’s reaction to the virus was so bad. Which is false, but just underlined the fact that this entire interview was scripted by Tina Fey.

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6 Responses to “Tracy Morgan’s ‘Today Show’ interview was just a ’30 Rock’ sketch, right?”

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  1. Züri says:

    Whoa. I literally just saw the interview and have no idea what to think. Even in the Tracy Morgan universe, this interview was out there. Really out there.

  2. lucy2 says:

    I saw a clip and was like…this is a 30 Rock episode, right?

    If anyone is a 30 Rock fan, there’s a really fun FB group of fans that has a great time posting stuff about the show and making jokes. It’s been a nice source of laughs these days.

  3. eto says:

    Oh so that wasn’t just brilliant writing for 30 Rock, Tracy Morgan is like this all the time lol

  4. Mumbles says:

    I saw the beginning elsewhere and turned it off after one of his tired “I got someone pregnant” lines. I’m sick of that being a joke.

  5. WhyDidIDeleteMahCookeez? says:

    Tracy Morgan-he’s a blessing and a purse.

  6. Charfromdarock says:

    Thank you for posting this!

    I was expecting Liz Lemon to pull him out of there when he started talking about the president.