Tracy Morgan Says Social Networking and Comedy Clubs Don’t MixPublished by on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm.
Tracy Morgan thinks social media is killing comedy, and he may be right.
The comedian spoke with the New York Post’s Page Six, saying that comedy should be “off limits” when it comes to tweeting, Facebooking and the like. Why? Because comedians, before bringing their set before a massive audience, work out their material before small club crowds. The instant broadcast capabilities of the web doesn’t allow the jokes to be crafted in the relative privacy of a comedy club.
“The mad scientist, I have to have some place to mix my formulas,” Morgan explained, “but everybody tweetin it.” This might have been the case with his controversial joke about what he would do if his son were gay.
Either way, past public hiccups aside Morgan — just imagine what the journey of such iconic stand-up comedy moments as Richard Pryor’s Live on the Sunset Strip, Eddie Murphy’s Delirious or Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain would have been if the unfinished work was being YouTubed and tweeted to death. Point blank, they wouldn’t exist. Which puts comedy (and many facets of American popular culture) in dilemma.
“I think comedians may have to just sit down and figure out [what to do],” Morgan thinks, “because we don’t want people to stop coming to the shows.”