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  • Tracy Morgan takes Turn It Funny tour to Delaware

  • Emmy Award-nominated actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will be launching an arsenal of heat-seeking jokes at the Rollins Center in Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on June 6.
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  • Emmy Award-nominated actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will be launching an arsenal of heat-seeking jokes at the Rollins Center in Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on June 6.
    Having performed in Wilmington last summer, Morgan will soon bring his unique perspective on life to Dover as part of his nationwide Turn It Funny tour.
    Morgan first achieved fame on “Saturday Night Live,” where he was a regular cast member from 1996 to 2003. He later went on to star in the short-lived “The Tracy Morgan Show” on NBC and host the Syfy hidden camera show “Scare Tactics.” Morgan’s TV credits also include his most famous role as Tracy Jordan in the long-running NBC comedy “30 Rock,” for which he received an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in 2009.
    He’s also appeared in several films, such as “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Cop Out,” “The Longest Yard” and his most recent movie, “Rio 2,” which is in theaters now.
    Morgan spoke with The Dover Post about his passion for voice acting, his approach to keeping a positive attitude and consequences of poking fun at racism.
    Q What’s your approach to finding light in a gloomy situation?
    A I’ve got faith and I know that it’s all going to be alright. Nothing lasts forever. Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.
    Q Do you think that optimistic perspective has helped to give your career longevity?
    A Yeah. I’ve already been through the tough times in my life. We all have ups and downs, but I’ve already come through the tough times in my life. That’s what made me a tough person. So I will survive. [Morgan begins singing the chorus to Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 hit “I Will Survive.”] I sing that song in my head.
    Q What are some topics at the moment that you’d like to address before an audience?
    A I’d like to talk about racism on stage and I’d like to add my perspective to it, because it’s like a witch hunt now. Let’s kill the guy who adds a little levity. You know what I mean? Let’s kill the fun guy.
    Q Racism has been a pretty hot topic lately.
    A That’s one of them. There’s also sexism. It’s hard because if you tell the truth on a lot of things, a lot of people like to take it out of context. Sound bites never come out right. It’s different now because everyone brings their cellphones to the shows now. Everyone has a camera. Everyone has a video camera. So it’s not the same. Nothing’s off the record now. People can take what you say in the content and take it out of context and put it out there to the world. Once it’s out there, it’s out there. Some people form their views. But they’re not looking at the fact that you were on stage at a comedy show. You don’t [really] feel that way. It’s just a character you were portraying on stage.
    Page 2 of 2 - Q What do you feel people misunderstand about you?
    A I don’t know. I couldn’t answer that question because I don’t know all of those personalities. I just try to get people to see me with their eyes.
    Q Now that people are able to record your jokes on their phones and share the content on social media sites, does that have an impact on you because a new joke you told in Delaware can’t be told at a show in New York, since it’d lose its effect on the audience?
    A No. I don’t believe in that word “can’t.” I do what I want to do. It’s all about energy. It’s all about delivery.
    Q You’ve done several voiceovers in films over the years and your latest was in “Rio 2.” What do you enjoy about doing voiceovers?
    A I love it. It’s a different aspect of show business. It really is. You’re not performing with other actors so you really have to go back and use your imagination.
    Q You’ve appeared in popular TV shows and also in several movies. But you’ve never had your own talk show. Would you like to host one?
    A I wouldn’t mind. But that’s not a question for me. That’s a question for the late night TV show people. It’s not like I was offered a job and said no. Of course, I’d love the opportunity. But opportunities like that don’t come around often for comedians.
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Tracy Morgan: Turn It Funny tour
    WHEN 9 p.m., June 6
    WHERE Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover
    COST $35-$65
    INFO Visit doverdowns.com or call (302) 674-4600

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