Tracy Morgan on drugs, Richard Pryor and the stigma of TV comedy

While he may be world-famous and seven years sober, the streets of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn still ring in the voice of Tracy Morgan. Coming from a childhood of poverty and crack-dealing, Morgan built a respectable career in standup, performing on HBO's Def Comedy Jam before reaching TV mega-stardom on Saturday Night Live, and 30 Rock. While he's still juggling projects for FX and also hosting The Billboard Music Awards, at the moment Tracy Morgan has returned to his standup roots, and his Excuse My French tour lands in Denver this Saturday, June 15, at the Paramount Theatre. In anticipation of that show, we caught up with Morgan to chat about the outrage following his Melbourne Comedy Festival gig, being sober and why he's not Richard Pryor.

See also: - Demetri Martin on Woody Guthrie, prop-comedy and not being a hipster - Obama talks getting stoned and Conan rips GOP at D.C. Correspondents' Dinner - Rape jokes: Comedian debates feminist on FX's Totally Biased

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