When Tracy Morgan signed up for Twitter last October, the online world went wild. But after about a month of regular updates in his signature scatterbrained style, the 30 Rock star went quiet. There’s a reason for that, he tells Metro.
“I’ve always been a private person. I’m from the hood. You got to understand, I’m from a different generation. I don’t even know how to use a computer, man,” he says. “But if I started using Twitter, it’d be X-rated. ‘I’m going up for the upstroke now, coming down on the downstroke.’”
Aside from worries about adult-oriented content, Morgan also stays off the micro-blogging site because he doesn’t want to waste good material.
“If they’re getting everything right there on Twitter, they’re not going to come see me do stand-up,” he says. “I like to store information and put it on stage.”
Morgan says he still does stand-up every weekend, even with the production schedule for his award-winning sitcom and promotional duties for films like Cop Out and this week’s Death at a Funeral. He’s gearing up for a two-to-three month stand-up tour before 30 Rock begins filming its fifth season, and he insists his increased success hasn’t slowed him down any. “I’m still out there getting girls pregnant,” he says.
But first, he has to promote Death at a Funeral, his new ensemble comedy that puts him alongside Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, something Morgan doesn’t take for granted.
“Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence are my heroes. Those guys put me to work when I first started as a kid,” he says. “They allowed me to stand on their shoulders.”
And he’s doing his best to keep things lively during the exhausting publicity tour for the film.
“Yesterday during the press junket, I pulled out my jockstrap,” he says matter-of-factly. “Because I wear jock straps. I don’t wear boxers,” he explains.
VH1 producers, take notes: As busy as he’s gotten recently, Morgan still has one project he’d like to get off the ground.
“I want to go on Celebrity Fit Club and just eat chicken all day in front of them,” he says with a grin. “Mess with my team, get my team to flip out on me and spaz out on me. ‘We’re trying to lose weight and you’re eating Kentucky Fried Chicken. He got a bucket sitting right under his chair now!’”