Don't typecast comedian Tracy Morgan. Yes, he's controversial, and sure, he's known for making a fool of himself on screen and off.
But the "30 Rock" star says his reputation in the media is unfair. "I'm always misunderstood. People read into everything," Morgan says. "Nowadays, people can't separate fiction from funny or reality."
In a recent phone interview, the ever-candid Morgan, who will appear Saturday at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, talked about his new beginnings (news broke Thursday that the dad-of-three is expecting baby No. 4 with fiancee Megan Wollover) and putting his overzealous "30 Rock" character to bed (the show aired its final episode on Thursday).
After seven seasons playing Tracy Jordan on "30 Rock," why not take a break?
I always want to tour and do standup. It's the foundation to my whole career. I'm lucky in my life to have the opportunity to fulfill my goal and dreams.
Alec Baldwin said on the "Conan O' Brien" show that you showed up on the "30 Rock" set not knowing your lines.
That was a joke that got taken out of context. I never not knew my lines. I'm a professional and always prepared — just as prepared as everyone else. We joke about it. No one's perfect, but I know my lines. You don't get Emmy-nominated for not knowing your lines.
How are you feeling lately?
I'm feeling great. That's another thing that has been taken out of context: my health. You know, I'm not the only person to ever have a kidney transplant. The fact is — the truth is — I'm doing great.
How much do you resemble your "30 Rock" character?
I identify with his confidence and the fact that he's a comedian and a funny star. Personality-wise, I'm nothing like that. I'm a more-subdued person. Probably the most thing we have in common is that the characters were both named Tracy.
What would you like your next TV role to be?
Something different. Like an "ER"-type show. You know, show some range and play a doctor.
In Hollywood, comedians are always associated with funny. But look at Eddie Murphy's performance in "A Thousand Words." And he was nominated for an Oscar in "Dreamgirls." Those were serious roles. I never showed that part of me … the dramatic side. A lot of people don't realize that to be able to be funny is an honor. The most-noble thing in the king's court was the court jester. I know I'm making Jesus laugh.
Tracy Morgan will perform 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5555 NW 40th St. Tickets cost $52-$73. Go to Ticketmaster.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times