Comedy

Tracy Morgan on Biggie Smalls Revolutionizing Rap: "He Made It a Champagne Campaign"

No other comedian makes people laugh in the exact way that Tracy Morgan does. The former Saturday Night Live cast member

has an unassuming quality about him, like a big, goofy neighbor. But his banter is woven through with complex, absurd, and heavy humor.

He's no simpleton, no matter what his character Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock might suggest. The final episode of the show -- which could give a corpse a belly chuckle -- airs this week. Tracy Jordan, may be a veiled take on the comedian himself, but unlike his role on TV, Tracy Morgan isn't a creation made of only hilarious exaggerations. He's a guy who grew up in Harlem, acted in films with Chris Rock, been in trouble for making an offensive gay joke, and made Jon Stewart giggle like a baby.

We spoke with Morgan about Biggie Smalls, growing up in the ghetto, and his feelings on the Miami Heat.


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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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