Audience members walk out of Tracy Morgan’s bawdy Carnegie Hall performance
Fans expecting to see Tracy Jordan at Tracy Morgan’s Carnegie Hall performance Friday night got a rude awakening.
The bawdy comedian packed the venerable performance venue with fans expecting his “30 Rock” character’s prime-time humor. But minutes after Morgan started his routine, many walked out in disgust.
It turns out that some New Yorkers really can’t take a joke — especially when it’s unspeakably filthy.
“People seemed to not be laughing at his jokes, but more because they were shocked and appalled with what was coming out of his mouth,” reports one audience member. Morgan talked trash about homosexuality (saying it’s “a choice,” which drew gasps), drugs, pornography and what he calls “politricks” — far edgier subjects than what his alter ego, Jordan, gets air time for.
“There was a continuous flow of people getting up and leaving throughout the show,” our spy reports, adding that many in the crowd clearly didn’t know what they were getting themselves into. Middle-aged women were the most flabbergasted when he started mimicking explicit sex acts on stage.
When Morgan found something shocking, he held onto it for minutes on end.
Some of the controversial jabs he made included a set about the First Family.
“Obama is really changing the White House, because he and Michelle will have the first presidential sex tape out,” he said to a stunned crowd.
Morgan did better at his second try on politics, saying he wouldn’t vote for Mayor Bloomberg because all he does is go to Yankee games — a gag that seemed to at least draw a hoot from the crowd.
The comedian has made his name off his eyebrow-raising opinions — most recently, he recounted his sordid life story of sex, drugs and strip clubs in a tell-all, “I Am the New Black.”
Despite a reputation for outrageous behavior during TV interviews, he made a mainstream comedy comeback when Tina Fey tapped him for “30 Rock” in 2006.
No one knew better than Morgan himself that the crowd got more than they bargained for. At one point Friday night, he addressed shocked showgoers, saying, “You want the clean Tracy? Turn on the TV.”
Still, not everyone was horrified by the spectacle.
Spike Lee, John Singleton and “Rock” co-star Jane Krakowski were all in the audience— and gave a standing ovation.