Tracy Morgan gives new meaning to wise crack.
“This show is dedicated to everyone in the ‘80s. Everybody that sold crack, everybody that used crack,” he told us at the Cinema Society premiere of his TBS series “The Last O.G” in Brooklyn. “That wiped out a whole generation. Dedicated to all those that get incarcerated for nonviolent crimes that get out and try to get their lives back on track.”
The funnyman, who turns 50 in November, was born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, near where “The Last O.G.” is set. The “30 Rock” star thanks “growing up in the right place and the right time” for inspiring his new show.
“I know these characters, they’re part of my life,” he said. Morgan, who’s a producer on “The Last O.G.,” said bouncing around show ideas with his wife, Megan Wollover, has enriched his existence too.
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“Happy wife, happy life!” he said, crediting a former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” co-star for showing him that business and pleasure mix.
“Tina Fey and her husband are in business together, that was my model,” he said.
Morgan nearly lost his life in June 2014 when a truck plowed into his limo and left him with a broken leg, nose and ribs. A year later, Morgan gave his first post-accident interview to Matt Lauer on “Today” and said he still suffered headaches. Now, he even seems grateful for that experience to some extent.
“I’m gonna leave it at this, I’m not going to talk about that accident no more because if I didn’t get hit by that truck, I wouldn’t be able to make a positive impact on the world that I’m making right now,” he said. Morgan thanks God for his recovery.
“I don’t use the word ‘luck,’” he said. “I say ‘fortunate and blessed.’ If you want luck go to Atlantic City."