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John Lamb, Published March 20 2013

Comic Tracy Morgan's stand-up tour heading to Fargo

FARGO - After “30 Rock” ended its seven-season run earlier this year, fans wondered what was next for creator/star Tina Fey and actors like Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan.

For Morgan the future was on the road.

The comic brings his stand-up tour, “Excuse My French,” to the Fargo Theatre Saturday night.

Talking as his tour bus is leaving Madison, Wis., Morgan says the tour allows fans to see a different side of the performer.

While there are certain similarities between Morgan and his “30 Rock” character, Tracy Jordan, the actor gets animated when asked how much of his life was written into Jordan’s character.

“I don’t understand people when they ask that question,” says Morgan, who was also an unpredictable comedian on a show like “Saturday Night Live,” where he starred from 1996 to 2003. “I don’t think people ask Alec Baldwin that. I don’t think people ask Tina Fey that. There was none of me in that. Some of the situations were real, that happened in my life, but no, I’m not Tracy Jordan. We’re nothing alike. That was a character that I played.”

And while the book has closed on Tracy Jordan and “30 Rock,” Morgan is enjoying life after the show.

“Yeah, I’m going to miss it because we had fun doing it, but it’s not like my aunt died. It’s not like there was a death in the family,” he says. “The show just ended. We had a good time. We did some good TV.”

When asked what he liked about doing stand-up as opposed to acting, Morgan fired back, “I don’t oppose anything. I love show business, period.”

He says his stand-up is based on his observations.

“Just things people can relate to,” he says. “I’m just being honest. I like to bring authenticity to my show. I’m an authentic person.”

His honesty has got him into some hot water. Comments from the stage about gays and the mentally challenged, as well as an on-air quip about Sarah Palin being arousing, have caused controversy.

They also supplied the tour name, as suggested by his fiancé, model Megan Wollover.

It’s also led to Morgan being a bit jumpy when he hears the phrase, “Your name has been in the news …”

When I brought up the news that Wollover was having his baby, Morgan interjected.

“I’m not politically correct. Some of the things I say may be inappropriate, but that’s life.”

With a baby on the way (and three adult sons), don’t expect Morgan to settle down and make a family sitcom.

“I’ve done that before. The ‘Tracy Morgan Show,’ ” he says of his post “SNL” sitcom in which he played Tracy Mitchell. NBC canceled the show before the first season wrapped.

“Who knows what the future holds,” Morgan said when asked if he would do another TV show, though he said he liked the regularity of being on a TV schedule, “As long as the check cleared.”

Which sounds like something Tracy Jordan would say.

If you go

What: Tracy Morgan

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway

Info: Tickets are $49.50. (866) 300-8300.


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533