Tracy Morgan’s comedy act shocks audience, people walk out


Tracey Morgan can stop hoping for a dinner invitation to the White House. Something tells me he never had his heart set on it in the first place, but in case he had a secret yearning to meet the president, he can definitely cross that dream off his list. On Friday the comedian performed at Carnegie Hall and gave a performance so shocking and raunchy that many audience members walked out. There were graphic impressions of sex acts, insults towards gays, and the statement that the Obamas would release the first presidential sex tape. Classy.

Fans expecting to see Tracy Jordan at Tracy Morgan’s Carnegie Hall performance Friday night got a rude awakening. The bawdy comedian packed the venerable performance venue with fans expecting his “30 Rock” character’s prime-time humor. But minutes after Morgan started his routine, many walked out in disgust.

It turns out that some New Yorkers really can’t take a joke — especially when it’s unspeakably filthy. “People seemed to not be laughing at his jokes, but more because they were shocked and appalled with what was coming out of his mouth,” reports one audience member. Morgan talked trash about homosexuality (saying it’s “a choice,” which drew gasps), drugs, pornography and what he calls “politricks” — far edgier subjects than what his alter ego, Jordan, gets air time for.

“There was a continuous flow of people getting up and leaving throughout the show,” our spy reports, adding that many in the crowd clearly didn’t know what they were getting themselves into. Middle-aged women were the most flabbergasted when he started mimicking explicit sex acts on stage.

When Morgan found something shocking, he held onto it for minutes on end. Some of the controversial jabs he made included a set about the First Family. “Obama is really changing the White House, because he and Michelle will have the first presidential sex tape out,” he said to a stunned crowd.

No one knew better than Morgan himself that the crowd got more than they bargained for. At one point Friday night, he addressed shocked showgoers, saying, “You want the clean Tracy? Turn on the TV.”

[From Gatecrasher]

Not to be uptight and stodgy, but I think I’d prefer T.V. Tracy. I know a lot of the crazy things his character does on “30 Rock” are based off real-life Tracy, but they somehow always make it seem innocent. No matter how dirty or inappropriate, they always bring it back Tracy having good intentions but being stupid and immature. So you just enjoy the joke. Real-life Tracy, not so much. Comedians obviously try to push the envelope. There’s only room for one nice, friendly comic to be famous, and Ellen’s already taken that spot.

Thus if you want to get attention, you’ve got to be outrageous. Tracy obviously gets this. I find his character so likeable that I forget that Tracy Morgan isn’t Tracy Jordan. Same thing with Alec Baldwin. I have completely forgotten how much I disliked Baldwin as a person, because he’s so great on the show. Calling your little daughter a pig? Totally fine with me now. It’s easy to forget that good actors aren’t necessarily people you’d want to hang out with. After all, you never know when they might do an oral sex impression.

Here’s Tracy Morgan at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors at Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 23rd. Images thanks to .

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  1. Sumodo says:

    Brian Fellowes was an idiot in Carnegie Hall? What a surprise.

  2. gg says:

    … thass just CRAYZEE!

  3. LolaBella says:

    Sumodo – Brian Fellowes was the only time I have ever thought Tracy Morgan was even remotely funny. His ‘comedy’ just has this air of mean desperation to it that just makes me cringe.

    Not My Cup ‘O Tea.

  4. maddie says:

    Sorry but if you have to be dirty to be funny then your not funny.

  5. Roma says:

    Tracy Morgan is not Tracy Jordan, even though we wish he might be. He’s known for his outrageous stand up and I’m betting the people who walked out didn’t know what they were getting in for.

    Kind of like Bob Sagat; that is a filthy, filthy man. But “Rolling with Bob Saget” is the only thing funny that Jamie Kennedy has ever done.

  6. Eileen Yover says:

    Not too shocking since he gives very uncomfrtable interviews on talk shows and radio gigs. He definitely has a hardcore sense of humor that most can’t take. I loved him on SNL, but since then he’s either become bitter or the real TM is coming out.

  7. Sumodo says:

    I understand (from watching Kathy Griffin a lot) that Tracy Morgan is only funny to OTHER COMICS. They can’t get enough of his shizz. Me? Only Brian Fellowes made me laugh. Remember—part of the time he called himself “Brian Fellow” as if he couldn’t rememeber his character’s name? He probably was too coked up to remember! There was this long car ride I had to take with a Tracy Morgan fan, and for at least an hour, we were “doing” Brian Fellowes sketches. Laughed like jerks! But, I understand, he is FAAAARRR from mainstream, like Saget.

  8. Cuntastic says:

    Don’t be prudes.

  9. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “thass just CRAYZEE!”

    holy crap, you must be seeing the same local, self-produced commercials that I am!

    (“we wanna see ya in a Kia”)

  10. April says:

    I have never found Tracy Morgan to the tiniest bit funny. He is vulgar and crude. I have never understood why people find him to be humorous. Someone needs tell this man there is a difference between raunchy humor and flat out crudeness. Tracy wasn’t funny on SNL, he must have some seriously incriminating photos of Tina Feye and this must be the reason he has a career.

  11. princess pea says:

    I think he’s funny. Granted I didn’t see that show, but I wouldn’t have expected him to be clean, sweet, PG-13. I don’t understand why people walk blindly into something and then fuss that they didn’t know what to expect. If you’d opened your eyes and looked first, you wouldn’t have been so shocked.

    Then again, I do like sex jokes, I usually think they’re a lot funnier than toilet jokes. Maybe it’s telling that I also like Bab Saget’s stand up. Good example, Roma. Actually, I think most stand up comedy is a little risque… Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy – it seems most great comedians get downright rude onstage.

  12. Anastasia says:

    There’s gross-funny and there’s gross-not funny. Seems as if Tracy’s having a hard time telling the difference.

    I’m no prude and I’ve laughed at some very off-color stuff, but it’s always GOT to have the funny part, too. Otherwise, it’s just off-color. And gross.

    I mean, if you’re grossing out New York audiences to the point that they’re getting up and leaving, that’s saying quite a bit.

  13. lottaluvin says:

    It’s obvious that most if not all of you have never seen his stand-up routine before he moved into TV and movies..This is nothing new..Most black comedians are raunchy (Sinbad is the exception)..It started with Red Foxx and Richard Pryor..That’s also the reason why Bill Cosby get’s so up in arms about these Black comedians..

  14. JayBird says:

    I never found anything he did on SNL to be funny, with the exception of Brian Fellowes. Which I only saw a few times, but there was one where he couldn’t get the image of a haircutting rabbit out of his mind, and that was possibly the hardest I ever laughed. But I was 15, so grain of salt and all that.

    I do love him on 30 Rock though. But you can sense the potential crazy is just right below the surface. I’m not saying raunchy comedy routine necessarily equals crazy… just that it’s there.

  15. vico says:

    Unfunny a**hat.

  16. Cuntastic says:

    Don’t be prudes.

  17. Brian Fellow says:

    If you look up the videos of the Brian Fellow skits online the voice over refers to him as “Brian Fellow” and the show is called “Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet.” He’s only referred to as Brian Fellows because people heard it and didn’t realize it was the possessive form of his name Brian Fellow. It’s not Brian Fellows.

  18. UrbanRube says:

    He has a right to perform disgusting crap, and people have a right to walk out. I just hope our culture doesn’t let our performers sink any lower and keep calling it art.

  19. Sumodo says:

    ANYWAY, his Animal Planet sketches were killer. BTW, if we REALLY wanna talk about a DIRRRRRRTY comic, anybody out there familiar with Robert Schimmel? GROSS! But, funny funny funny!

  20. WTF?!? says:

    I think the Obama sex tape comment was hySTERical. They are wannabe celebrities, have done the late-night talk show circuit, and now reality TV, with a further drop in approval/q-rating, the next logical step is a sex tape.
    rofl. THAT’S comedy!

  21. Eden says:

    I personally like Tracy. Did these people think they were going to see a “Bill Cosby” performance? I mean come on!!!

    I’d pay to see him, but I also know what kind of comedian he is so I would be prepared.

  22. Dianne says:

    GEEZ, next you’ll be telling me he flashed his tit on the super bowl half-time show nationwide, or flashed his naked, shaved crotch to the paps, or pole-danced at the teen choice awards.

  23. Emily says:

    I like risque comedy, but it’s got to be funny. Otherwise, it’s just offensive shit spewing out of someone’s mouth. I went to a local stand up one time in a group that included my parents, and one of the comedians had an act that was pretty much just sex and swearing. I was sitting next to my mum, which normally makes me uncomfortable when talk gets dirty, but this guy was so funny that even she was laughing. If it’s good comedy, people will laugh, even if it’s about something they’d never normally listen to.

  24. andrea says:

    dear “cuntastic”,

    1. nice name – very elegant
    2. seriously, are you a 13 year old boy?
    3. bite me – if others are entitled to find TM funny w/o censorship, then i am entitled to find him unfunny and classless w/o being called a prude

  25. la chica says:

    apparently folks went expecting to see Tracy Jordan. lol. i think it’s hilarious that people walked out. Tracy got paid, he doesn’t care. lol!

  26. Cat says:

    Sorry all I can see here is a horrible double standard!! He as a man can comfortably flash his flabby stomach. The woman he’s with has probably been counting calories for a month to prepare for this event and still will be called fat. Ugh.

  27. jzhz says:

    Yeah, and this whole “all black comedians are raunchy” comment is pretty silly…there aren’t many non-black comedians who aren’t also raunchy in their stand-up routines…maybe if you saw more black comedians before lumping them all together…

  28. For Sooth? says:

    He is mean spirited for sure. I have seen him on talk shows and the audience, and often the host, has a hard time relating to him. It is definitely an uncomfortable atmosphere. I hate that Tina put him on the show. I cringe whenever he has a bit. More Steven please, with a huge side order of Will Arnett. Then she should bump the blonde actress and substitute Amy Pohler. The new dream comedy team.

  29. Bec says:

    For Sooth: You hate that “Tina” put him on the show? You know her that well do you? You’re best buds?

    Tracy Morgan is on the show because Tina Fey thinks he’s so funny she pays him to work with her week to week. So, I’d guess you have less in common with her than you think.

    I agree with those who’ve said his stand-up is completely different than his character on the show. And why wouldn’t it be? This reminds me of those crazy people who meet soap opera actors on the street and expect that they actually live in ‘Pine Valley’ or ‘Genoa City’ with Erika Kane and Victor Newman. He’s an ACTOR.

  30. Paulette says:

    Red Foxx, Richard Pryor, Margaret Cho, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Bill Hicks… they swear like drunken sailors, their jokes are dirty and I love them.

    This guy Tracy just isn’t funny. All the “shock” is too self-conscious somehow.

  31. smally says:

    Also, he can’t act for shit.

  32. Jack Burton says:

    We have outrage over the comments of another comedian. This time it’s Tracy Morgan and his unsavory comments about gays.

    Well you know what Mr. Morgan, don’t you dare go and apologize to the gay and lesbian community for doing what you do. You are a comedian and you are not responsible for the things you say. After all, it is what we expect from comedians today, right?

    There are countless times a comedian used off-color humor and offended someone. Whatever group that is offended in turn demands an apology and then the comedian issues a heartfelt apology.

    There is always an exception. What is the exception you ask? The exception is when the off-color humor is pointed at God. Forget the fact that He created the universe and all that is in it. Forget that He is more important than any man, woman, or creature on this earth.

    No matter how offended the Christian community was at the “humorous” antics of Kathy Griffin and her insults launched at God during an awards acceptance speech; no apology was offered. It was said overwhelmingly on morning shows across America, “that’s just what comedians do”.

    Outstanding! Mr. Morgan, make sure you remind these morning shows who are outraged and calling for your execution that, “this is just what comedians do”.