Tracy Morgan’s “Picking Up the Pieces” Tour Assembles in Boston

Posted February 19, 2016 by Jon Erik Christianson in Theater & Arts
Tracy Morgan plays The Wilbur Theatre this weekend. Photo Credit: Randy Miramontez

The best way to survive tragedy is through comedy—an insight that actor and comedian Tracy Morgan knows well and will be bringing to Boston as part of his “Tracy Morgan: Picking Up the Pieces” comedy tour.

In June 2014, the 47-year-old Morgan, who is most known for his eight seasons on Saturday Night Live and seven seasons on comedy series 30 Rock, suffered severe physical injuries after a six-vehicle automobile crash that also claimed the life of fellow comedian and friend James McNair. Morgan spent the past year-and-a-half recovering from his once critical condition that included serious brain injuries and broken bones, including his ribs, femur, nose, and leg. As a result of the accident, Morgan spent two weeks in a coma.

During his ongoing recovery process, he appeared at this year’s Emmy Awards to a standing ovation and returned to Saturday Night Live as host during the month of October. Through his comedy, Morgan has gotten thousands to stand on their feet. Through his determination, he’s been able to get back on his.

The tour information promises a return to Morgan’s classic and expressive brand of comedy.

“It’s just like falling off a bike and getting back on, that’s all: you don’t forget where the pedals are”, Morgan said in a tour statement. “People can expect more of what I did before. It’s me: funny + truth = Tracy Morgan. I can’t wait to get back to ya’ll; city to city, state to state, watch me operate.”

On Saturday Night Live, Morgan played a variety of sketch roles (as all cast members do), but his most popular were Bishop Don ‘Mack’ Donald, a glamorous pimp who interviewed celebrities from the back of his limousine, and Brian Fellow, a clueless nature enthusiast who terrified public figures with his haphazard attempts to wrangle wild animals. On 30 Rock, he played series regular Tracy Jordan, a wildly unpredictable host of a sketch comedy series. He briefly starred in the short-lived sitcom The Tracy Morgan Show.

His other television projects include appearances (either as host or actor) on Where My Dogs At?, Tanked, VH1 Hip Hop Honors, the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and Spike Guys’ Choice Awards.

The tour began on February 12th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Boston marks Morgan’s fourth stop on a tour set to span more than 30 locations across the country. Morgan will be performing three shows in Boston’s Wilbur Theatre over the course of two days: February 20-21st.

The Wilbur Theatre is a classic Boston landmark for all forms of entertainment, but especially comedy. The local hot spot was first built in 1913 and has since undergone many renovations and revitalizations in its over 100-year history. The building features a colonial revival architectural style and comfortably holds over one thousand guests for its shows.

Tickets for all three showings may be purchased through the Wilbur Theatre website.