Did Jon Benjamin steal comedian Ray Ellin’s bathroom game show idea?
..couldn’t help but notice an undeniable similarity between one of Benjamin’s segments and that of comedian Ray Ellin. Of course, a small pocket of the Internet noticed as well. [Read More]
Tracy Morgan to return to Nashville next week to meet with offended audience members | GLAAD
Together with GLAAD and the Tennessee Equality Project, Morgan has said he will return to Tennessee next week where he will apologize to audience members who were offended by his remarks. [Read More]
Roland S. Martin: Tracy Morgan and the limits of comedy | CNN
Child abuse is a major problem in America. But don't let me pull out the video clips of comedians of all colors, genders and sexual orientations talking about beating a kid with anything they can get their hands on. Are we saying that because it's a societal problem, no joking and no laughing are allowed? When groups that have been oppressed begin to make sweeping pronouncements about what can or cannot be said, there are going to be the contradictions that have to be confronted. [Read More]
Bullying on the national stage | SheckyMagazine
Tracy Morgan told a bunch of jokes at an appearance in Nashville, at the Ryman. From what we can tell, it was just Tracy being Tracy. (Which is more outrageous than nearly anyone else out there by a factor of about 12.) Of course, it all would have ... [Read More]
Louis Peitzman on Tracy Morgan: No Apologies
Everyone is offended by something, so while I find Morgan's material to be especially abhorrent, I'd feel like a hypocrite if I agreed that he should have apologized. What's especially disconcerting is that he was forced to do this because he's on a TV show -- NBC had to publicly condemn his jokes, as though they represented his official stance on homosexuality. Comedians should be able to aspire to greater career heights (you know, like a TV series) without worrying about having their comedy ne... [Read More]
Tracy Morgan: If I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight
Morgan had a more in-depth conversation with longtime friend, gay rights supporter and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons about the situation. He told Simmons, “The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight … I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society.” [Read More]
After Tracy Morgan stand up flap, will comedy rules be rewritten?
Could the late comedians Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison, Lenny Bruce, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Hicks or Mitch Hedberg do their acts if they were brought back from the dead? [Read More]
Celebrities weigh in on Tracy Morgan’s rant - Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Cheyenne Jackson, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Roland S. Martin
A number of celebrities -- gay and straight -- weighed in on Tracy Morgan’s rant over the weekend. First of all was flip-flopping comedian Chris Rock. "I don’t know about you," Rock had initially Tweeted, "but I don’t want to live in world where Tracy Morgan can’t say foul inappropriate s----." Not long after, though, he retracted. "Wow, I get it," Rock responded to the resulting Internet outrage. "That s--- wasn’t called for and I don’t support it at all. Now can I please go to the Tony Awards ... [Read More]
Tina Fey, Cheyenne Jackson and NBC Give Tracy Morgan the Side Eye
Despite Tracy Morgan's apology for that hilarious bit about stabbing his son if he were to come out as gay, Tina Fey, Cheyenne Jackson and NBC are taking pains to make it clear that they were not just thoughtfully nodding along in the audience. [Read More]
Tina Fey says Tracy Morgan’s ‘violent imagery’ in anti-gay tirade was ‘disturbing’
In a statement to the press, Tina Fey, star and executive producer of NBC’s 30 Rock, on which Tracy Morgan co-stars, reacted to Morgan’s anti-gay tirade he delivered during a stand-up show in Nashville. [Read More]