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Tracy Morgan's First HBO Stand-up Special to Air in November

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 21st 2010 1:40PM
Tracy Morgan to star in his first HBO stand-up special, Black and BlueHBO announced today that Tracy Morgan will tape a one-hour stand-up special, 'Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue,' at the Apollo Theatre in New York City on September 24 and 25. After more than 20 years in stand-up, this will be his first HBO hour. His previous specials were for Comedy Central ('One Mic') or straight to video ('Life, Love & Lust').

These days, people recognize Morgan as Tracy Jordan of '30 Rock,' a role that earned him a 2009 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy series. He's been in mainstream movies like 'Death at a Funeral' and 'Cop Out,' and is one of the most spontaneous, sought-after guests on the talk show circuit (see video below). People might also remember him as a longtime cast member of 'Saturday Night Live' from 1996 to 2003.

But do people really know Morgan, the stand-up comedian? He has never really stopped doing it, touring by himself or with shows like Opie and Anthony's Traveling Virus. And while Tina Fey has created a character for Morgan that really matches his off-the-wall sensibility, and he gets away with a lot on talk shows, Morgan the stand-up comedian is much more raw, much less ready for prime time, and an HBO special would be the perfect place to showcase that.

HBO senior vice president of original programming Nancy Geller said in the press release to expect "an exciting, outrageous, and no-holds-barred special." Morgan himself, as per usual, is a bit more over-the-top. "The special is going to be all the elements: fire, water, earth, air, the comedy bender, the avatar of comedy experience," he promises. Just what that might be is anybody's guess, but don't doubt Morgan will show us.

The exact air date is unspecified, but it will be some time in November.

Here's a recent 'Tonight Show' appearance, wherein very few questions are necessary to get Morgan through five minutes at the desk.

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