Tracy Morgan: Comedian on the move to make you laugh
Tracy Morgan nearly died in a 2014 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, but thankfully he’s getting around quite well these days, even changing up his look. The actor/comedian recently donned a blonde wig to portray a new character, LaDonald Trump, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
He looked pretty funny, too, and of course that was part of the point. Morgan, also known for creating such characters as Astronaut Jones, from “Saturday Night Live,” loves to make people laugh. He’ll bring his stand-up show to Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Stamford’s Palace Theatre on Friday, Oct. 12.
The 49-year-old entertainer, who hails from the Bronx, N.Y., has legions of fans. Aside from his gig on “SNL,” where he was a cast member from 1996 to 2003, he’s also known for his Emmy-nominated role as Tracy Jordan (the unpredictable star of a hit variety show), on NBC’s “30 Rock.” That was from 2006 to 2013; he starred opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.
Around the start of 2016, Morgan headlined a national stand-up tour called “Picking Up the Pieces.” That led to his stand-up special, “Staying Alive,” which can be seen globally on Netflix. More recently he’s been starring in his own TBS show, “The Last O.G.” A sitcom, it’s about a recently released convict who returns to his old Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood after 15 years, to get his life back together. He finds the neighborhood, and more, has changed. A lot.
Morgan has said many times that “The Last O.G.” is like his own life, in that he, too, has been given a second chance after that tragic highway accident. The star was in a limo bus when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The crash killed his good friend, comedy writer James McNair.
Mohegan Sun Uncas Ballroom, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. Saturday, Oct 6, 8 p.m. $49, $39. 800-745-3000, mohegansun.com
The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Friday, Oct. 12. 8 p.m. $65-$31.50. 203-325-4466, www.palacestamford.org.