New York Comedy Festival Preview with Tracy Morgan

The second part in a five part series leading up to the NYCF.

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On the eve of his authorial debut—I Am the New Black (Random House, $25)—Tracy Morgan talks with us about life and family. Also, following his Carnegie Hall appearance in the New York Comedy Festival on November 6, the 30 Rock star and I are going to have sex in space. Yes, this interview will be funnier if you do his voice in your head.

On the eve of his authorial debut—I Am the New Black (Random House, $25)—Tracy Morgan talks with us about life and family. Also, following his Carnegie Hall appearance in the New York Comedy Festival on November 6, the 30 Rock star and I are going to fuck in space. Yes, this interview will be funnier if you do his voice in your head.

Was it hard to write a book, to do something so different from the rest of your career?
Yes, because my book has painful endings. I'm from poverty. I'm from the ghetto. I seen a lot of things growing up. This is not Alice in Wonderland, there are no happy endings. My stand-up is based in reality, but it's funny. There's happy endings because everybody laughs at the punch line.

Do you not consider your life right now a happy ending?
Well, yeah, but it ain't over. How can you have a happy ending when it ain't over? Every day is a new beginning. You mean money? Being famous? Nah, that doesn't make me happy. You know what I look forward to? My grandkids, watching my kids get older and wiser. That's what makes me happy: having something to look forward to.

Like maybe another tattoo?
Absolutely not. Well, I don't know. I can't shut the door on that. I wasn't thinking about it. I wasn't planning on it. But I may. I might go through something; the world mightchange and I might want to reflect that by putting something onmy body.

You don't like to plan life, do you?
No, no. I look forward to it; I'm a forward-thinking man. But life can change on the dime. You have to be prepared. And I like to think of myself as the nature of water. I can assume any shape but you can't grasp me.

What will you be at Carnegie Hall, a gas?
Whatever I'm gonna be, let's enjoy it.

Well, yeah—and there's got to be a lot of pretty ladies there.Are you gonna get anybody pregnant?
No. I don't need any baby-mama drama in my forties.

What about me? Would you get me pregnant?
Yeah, fuck yeah. As long as you won't give me no baby-mama drama—and you seem to have a career, so I know you won't.

I can guarantee you no baby-mama drama.
That's what I'm talking about.

How would you woo me?
I would get to know you first. And then, let's see... I would probably...buy you a ticket on the space shuttle.

Oh my God! Let's make this happen.
Can you reciprocate that?

Yes!
All right then, let's do this, baby. It's goin' down.

I'm gonna get pregnant in space!
And when you climax, we gonna call Houston and say, "We ain't got no problem."

Tracy Morgan's I Am the New Black is available Oct 20. He plays Carnegie Hall Nov 6.

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