So here’s something that will brighten your week… ’30 Rock’ star, ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member and comedian Tracy Morgan has announced he will be playing his first run of UK stand up shows in October 2013! This tour will see Tracy perform in Nottingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London respectively. Tracy Morgan tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 26th April and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Starring for seven seasons on NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning “30 Rock,” Morgan appeared opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin as “Tracy Jordan,” the unpredictable star of Lemon’s (Fey) hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” In 2009 Morgan received his first Emmy Nomination for this role, in the Supporting Actor category; he has in six past years also been nominated for a Supporting Actor NAACP Image Award. The “30 Rock” cast has also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.” – Not a bad role of honours all in all! But alas all good this come to an end and the beloved series exited stage left in January 2013. Morgan will next focus on stand up with his national “Excuse My French” tour which will hit US cities through June and go to Australia in the spring.
The last few years have been busy for Morgan as he balances between “30 Rock” and a busy movie career while also continuing to travel the country for stand-up. With comedy always as his foundation, Morgan has begun tackling dramas and independent films. In 2010, he starred alongside Al Pacino and Channing Tatum in the crime-thriller THE SON OF NO ONE which received Sundance Film Festival honours. This August, WHY STOP NOW bowed, which was also an official selection at Sundance. The film is centred on a piano prodigy (Jesse Eisenberg) who on the day of a big audition winds up on a drug-fuelled odyssey with his addled mother (Melissa Leo) and her drug dealer, Sprinkles, played by Morgan.
Morgan has also had the opportunity to be a part of some of the most successful animated films in recent years. In 2009, he made his animation debut lending his voice for Jerry Bruckheimer’s G-FORCE, a combination live-action/CG film. The film opened number one in US box offices and was celebrated by audiences worldwide. Last year, he starred as the bulldog, Luiz, in the colourful and lively film RIO.
Another milestone for Morgan was reached in 2009 with the release of his first book, a compilation of studied anecdotes and some of the more serious moments that shaped him and his career entitled I Am The New Black. He also headlined the famed “New York Comedy Festival” which featured acclaimed comedians including Bill Maher, Andy Samberg, and Patton Oswalt, among others. Lastly, Morgan rounded out his list of great comedic achievements with his first HBO Special, “Black & Blue.”
As a stand-up comic who has headlined across the country and abroad, Morgan was first introduced to television audiences in his role as “Hustleman” on the hit comedy series “Martin.” He went on to join “Saturday Night Live” in 1996 where he appeared for seven seasons and created such memorable characters as “Astronaut Jones” and “Brian Fellows.” After leaving SNL, Morgan went on to star in his own comedy series “The Tracy Morgan Show” and voiced “Spoonie Luv” on Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers.” Additional film credits include, deep breath, COP OUT, the remake of the British film DEATH AT A FUNERAL, Dimension Films’ SUPERHERO MOVIE, FIRST SUNDAY opposite Ice Cube and Katt Williams, THE LONGEST YARD opposite Adam Sandler, the Wayan’s brothers LITTLE MAN, JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK AND HEAD OF STATE! Busy, busy man!
TRACY MORGAN UK TOUR – OCTOBER 2013
TUESDAY 15 NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL
WEDNESDAY 16 EDINBURGH USHER HALL
THURSDAY 17 O2 APOLLO MANCHESTER
SATURDAY 19 BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
SUNDAY 20 LONDON HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
The important info: Tracy Morgan tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 26th April priced at £32.50 regionally and £35.00 / £38.50 in London (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk