Audience Cringes as Tracy Morgan Turns Carnegie Hall Blue


Tracy Morgan's unusual methodology of writing a memoir, weeping on NPR, joining Twitter, preaching his affinity for anal sex and throwing Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan under his steamroller all combined over the weekend for a revisionist punchline to the classic cornball joke, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" And his ensuing blue streak onstage -- which reportedly prompted walkouts and complaints -- may answer the question, "How do you never get invited back?"

During his set Friday night, Morgan is said to have elaborated on and mimicked explicit sex acts, launched political rants, called homosexuality a "choice," and noted of our president that "Obama is really changing the White House, because he and Michelle will have the first presidential sex tape out." The audience reacted with gasps, awkward chuckles and, in more than few cases, walkouts by older attendees who'd dropped in expecting Morgan's PG-13 act from 30 Rock. "You want the clean Tracy?" Morgan asked them as they shuffled out. "Turn on the TV."

Doubtful. Not all was lost, though; Spike Lee and Morgan's 30 Rock co-star Jane Krakowski were among those who joined the remaining crowd for a standing ovation. The defenseless Carnegie Hall ushers are still shaking the filth out of their ears, meanwhile -- and just after they had finally finished 16 weeks of counseling following last summer's Kevin Smith concert.

· Audience members walk out of Tracy Morgan's bawdy Carnegie Hall performance [NYDN via Popeater]


  • NP says:

    That is pretty funny. At least when people like Lisa Lampanelli play Carnegie, the audience knows what they're in for..

  • Ric says:

    My girlfriend and I attended this show and were of those to walk out. I'm FAR from prudish in my commedy choices, but dude was just not funny. By any scale. I prefer Pryor/Murphy to Cosby in terms of cursing, but f-bombs were literally every other word. He obviously wanted to play it closer to his corner roots than his 30 Rock character and he definitely nailed it, but it was more like "keeping it real . . . dumb". As far as his topics went, well I think you'd have to be very, very talented to successfully pull off 20 minutes on your love of "gagging" both in porn and in his personal life. The funniest thing about the show was that I believe Comedy Central was hoping to air it. I can't imagine 5 minutes of what I heard total going unbleeped.

  • Sally in Chicago says:

    Actually when you think about it, his character on 30 Rock is NOT funny either. I think the Jenna and Tracey characters pull the show down tremendously and I don't look forward to their scenes. He's not even funny on late night TV show. Dude is lucky Tina has his back, or he wouldn't be anywhere in show business.

  • CJ says:

    I was at the show too. Some of it was funny, but mostly because he is a funny person. The jokes were old (including a Noah and God bit straight out of the Bill Cosby jokebook) But it was the homophobic stuff that really lost me for him. It was just sad he had to take his comedy to a place of hate. I'm all for making fun of people but it has to be funny not mean. This was mean.
    His rendition of What a fool to believe, however, was fantastic.

  • ted says:

    At the Improv, it's called Monday. And us older folks laugh the hardest.

  • Colander says:

    At least Spike Lee liked it, right?