Comic Louis C.K. Tries to Explain Tracy Morgan

by | June 18, 2011 at 1:16 PM | TV News

Louis C.K. (Photo: Getty Images)

Louis C.K. (Photo: Getty Images)

Embattled comic Tracy Morgan is receiving moral support from a comedy colleague – Louis C.K. – who has twice made statements recently in which he stuck up for the “30 Rock” star.

C.K.’s FX sitcom, “Louie,” starts its second season this coming Thursday night at 10:30/9:30c, so the comedian has been doing interviews. And in some of them, he’s been asked to comment on the controversy Morgan stirred up when statements Morgan made in a Nashville comedy club performance about homosexuals went viral and he was widely criticized. In his statements, Morgan seemed to advocate violence against homosexuals.

But C.K. – a comedy-club vet who is widely respected in the comedy community – thinks the whole thing has been over-exaggerated.
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“I’ve said a lot of things that were worse than what he said,” C.K. said in an illuminating Q&A on Slate.com in which he tried to explain a comedian’s mindset when pushing barriers with material he or she tries out in a nightclub setting.

“I have my irony and different levels that I’m working at,” he said, “so that makes it OK for people around me, for people that come to my shows. And people heard this Tracy [stuff] mostly third-hand. He didn’t stand on a public stage and say this stuff. He didn’t make these announcements: ‘Here, America, are my views.’ Where you say something makes a huge difference about what you say and what it means and what you let yourself say. There’s a lot of times when I let myself channel bad ideas as a way to do comedy. I think it’s something that’s a healthy thing to do, honestly.”

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Watch a preview of the upcoming season Louis C.K.’s FX sitcom “Louie” here (parental discretion advised):

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C.K. cast the blame for Morgan’s ordeal more on whoever disseminated what he said to the rest of the world than on Morgan himself. “I think the person who really . . . hurt people with Tracy’s words was whoever took it out of that Nashville club and put it on the national stage – whoever called Huffington Post or whoever started this [stuff], and said, ‘Guess what Tracy Morgan said,’ and announced it to the rest of the world. He wasn’t trying to say it to the rest of the world. So when I read stuff like, How are gay people going to feel when they read this? Well they didn’t have to read it! They weren’t part of that show. Maybe there were gay people there who were laughing. You don’t [bleeping] know. Nobody gets to say that they represent anybody and they’re offended on behalf of the whole world.”

Earlier, C.K. voiced his support for Morgan in a series of Tweets, starting with this one: “It is clear to anyone who can reason and understand people that he didn’t mean a word of what he said. He was [bleeping] around.”

It’s a very interesting take – different than many of the commentaries we’ve read lately on the Morgan controversy.


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