Everyday I’m Hustlin’, or Is Tracy Morgan Really Drunk?

Three years into 30 Rock, it’d now seem abundantly clear that Tracy Morgan was a criminally under-appreciated, under-utilized, under-understood talent on SNL (and hasn’t that been the case with all Black cast members since Eddie Murphy?). But even with all the momentum Tracy took to SNL as last week’s host (and despite the triumphant return of his sassy, ADD-ridden persona, Brian Fellows), shit just wasn’t that funny. Which’d make the nonbelievers wonder if Tracy’s only good when he’s being himself, or half his self, as he put it to Jimmy Fallon, last week. Or else, they chalk it up to Tracy’s alleged use of performance-enhancing substances. Just look up “Tracy Morgan Wasted” on youtube (exhibits 1, 2, 3), and you’ll uncover the paper trail of a Barry Bonds-inspired character assassination.

Method Acting in Chicago.
Method Acting in Chicago.

You can’t deadpan that well when you’re drunk, man; Tracy’s just pulling the old Dean Martin routine.

But what most folks don’t know is that before Tracy was batting for Lorne Michaels, and long before he became “the face of post-racial America,” he was hustling on one of the greatest sitcoms of the early 90s (and the only sitcom, I can think of, that took place in the D). Here he is, picking up the pieces on Martin, fifteen years before he got the whole country watching. Prepare to have your mind grapes crushed.

– Thumbu Sammy

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30 Rock: The Bubble, or Tuba TV’s Foray into Democracy

Leaving irony in his dust.
Leaving irony in his dust.

The Jon Hamm storyline is over, and with it Liz Lemon’s yearly three-episode relationship arc that always ends in failure. Meanwhile, Jenna, feeling neglected, decides to do some dumb shit to one up Tracy, which ultimately backfires. And Tracy Jordan’s antics nearly jeopardize this week’s taping of TGS, but all is salvaged when Kenneth’s bumpkin innocence saves the day.

So, assuming you’re not tuning in for dramatic plot twists (though Don Draper-as-dumbass was pretty unexpected), the question for you is,