July 15th, 2010
09:46 AM ET

Tracy Morgan's comedy doesn't discriminate

Three of Hollywood's top comedic talents are giving their tongue-in-cheek take on some very touchy topics in the August issue of GQ.

In a hilarious new interview (but that probably goes without saying, considering the interviewees), Tracy Morgan, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis weigh in on what's funny, from the funniest race ("The Iditarod," quipped Rudd) to the funniest TV show ("I think if they put a laugh track on 'Intervention,' it would be funny," Galifianakis said).

As expected, none of the men hold back when asked about some very famous names. While President Obama may not be every comedians go-to for getting a good laugh, black people joke about it all the time, Morgan said.

"It's a black family, so we make fun of it," Morgan said. " 'Michelle, where's my cigarettes? I had a pack of Kools sitting on the destruct button!'"

Morgan added, "I just think that white people don't want to offend him. Me, I make fun of every [expletive] body. I don't care. I never say black humor or white humor."

The trio also gave their take on the recent late-night war between Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno, and how to make Leno's "Tonight Show" funnier.

"A Russian bear on a bike," Morgan, 41, suggested. "Riding around Christopher Cross as he sings 'Sailing.' "

"Hire Conan," Rudd offered, before adding, "I think Letterman never really gets the props he deserves, not really. What that guy has introduced into the culture it's now just the barometer for comedy."

And 40-year-old Galifianakis, for once, got completely serious.

"It's pretty bad what happened, I guess," he said of the "Tonight Show" debacle. "Though it's hard to feel bad for Conan when he go that much money."

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Lynn Angel

    It seems that with our soldiers getting killed over seas, people dying from hunger, the homeless, the jobless, people loosing their homes, our country's economic mess that people can find better things to do with their time to "help" America than to make a mountain out of a mole hill. And it is getting worse, so any of you republicans or demorcrats out there thinking of running for president you had better be sqeeky clean..! If you picked your nose in grade school they are going to expose it on the front page of the rag magizines at the check out stands.!
    These people that report this crap need to get a life, laugh or get up and walk out if you don't like it and "get over it" and "get a life" for cripes sake...!

    June 11, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Margery Glickman

    Let's hope that Tracy Morgan knows that for the dogs the Iditarod is a bottomless pit of suffering. Six dogs died in the 2009 Iditarod, including two dogs on a doctor's team who froze to death in the brutally cold winds. What happens to the dogs during the race includes death, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons and sprains. At least 142 dogs have died in the Iditarod. More info can be found on the Sled Dog Action Coalition website.

    July 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    The only reason Tracy Morgan can get away with not discriminating is because he is black. It the benefit of the business, if you're a minority you can tell any racist joke you want.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fred

    Bill Cosby has been the ONLY black comedian in my lifetime (42yrs) that can stand on a stage for two straight hours making people laugh without a single joke involving race. No other black comedian has been capable of standing on stage for five minutes without bringing their race, or the difference between their race and another race into their stand-up.

    July 15, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. afraidofheights

    Comedy doesn't discriminate but Mel Gibson does.

    Read the transcript from what the Mel Gibson rant would have sounded like on an iPhone 4.



    July 15, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |

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