Patrons walk out on Tracy Morgan show

2013-04-15_0152Controversial 30 Rock comedian Tracy Morgan is in the headlines once again with media reporting “disgusted” fans walked out of his act at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on the weekend.

While it isn’t clear what was said, News Limited reports “His expletive-riddled show was saturated with offensive material about women and graphic sexual references, leading to about 50 people walking out and many more to express their revulsion and demand refunds.”

Herald Sun journalist Megan Miller said it was “truly awful” and full of “old lazy jokes”.

“I’m up for crass and non-politically correct, but this was just disgusting and not at all funny,” she said.

In 2011 Morgan apologised after homophobic humour in a stand-up routine but followed it up a month later with disabled slurs.

He performs in Perth today and tomorrow.


  1. It took me a while to get into 30 Rock and sad to say Tracy Morgan was the cause, not because of his color, I just didn’t like his acting on the show and don’t really get him.

    That said I hope this is more of a media beat up than anything else. Maybe ‘fans’ just don’t get him?

  2. Armchair Analyst

    @ craigj77. I completely agree with you on this one. While he probably isnt funny i cant comment 100 percent on it i do have my suspicions. News Limited have a habit of making as mountatin out of a mole hill. As you said people have choice not to go in there especially if it is advertised what the content will be.

  3. seriouslysquare

    He isn’t funny. he is rude and it does not surprise me people walked out. you know you’re doing something wrong when the Aussies don’t like you.

  4. I smell a rat, hes performed in Sydney and Brisbane already, without incident. Suddently the one show a news ltd reporter happens to be at, there is people “storming out” and “demanding refunds”..Mmmm.
    The ads for these shows were covered in warnings about the content. if people didnt want the heat, they shouldnt have gone into the fire. Including the Herald Sun jounrno, who, no doubt, stoked said fire.

  5. Did people get their refunds? I don’t even really know the guy, but but if your spending that kind of money on a show like this you’d seriously want to have done your homework before shelling out on someone who uses material like this.

  6. He was funny (although probably in small doses and in the show’s context) on 30 Rock, due to that show’s very clever writing.

    Agree with Lish – people naively bought tickets to see Tracey Jordan, whereas Tracey Morgan is a fairly different “character”.

  7. jezza the first original one

    OK so given his reputation,which was known, the style of his act, which was known, why would anyone buy a ticket and then walk out? Sorry but for me it seems like secondary cultural racism, the humor and views he put forward are commonplace within his community background…only white folk seem to object

  8. Ah, yes, the “racist” card, when the “expletive-riddled show was saturated with offensive material about women and graphic sexual references”. My gut feeling is if people who walked out were racist they wouldn’t have bought tickets to his show in the first place. Just a thought though…

  9. carolemorrissey

    I saw a lot of comments on Twitter about people walking out and wondered what the hell he was saying. I like 30 Rock, but his character is my least favourite on the show, I find him annoying & stupid.

  10. jezza the first original one

    I like him and think he is funny. Folk have to toughen up and realise that he represents a certain genre of American Culture. My gut feeling is maybe some of the folk who walked out may have been racist, just a thought though…

  11. Seems like a lot of people spent $70 on a ticket for a character they saw on TV, rather than knowing the stand-up and controversial background of the guy behind it. They could have seen about 3 far better MICF shows for that price!

  12. I was at his 2nd Brisbane show.

    There was no time to walk out, as the show only went for 67 minutes… Including the support act (who was much funnier).

    Whilst it was peppered with said sexual jokes, the brief appearance of his son and wife on stage seemed to offset the jokes to a degree.

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