On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize Celebrating Lorne Michaels 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)
During his seven years on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), actor and stand-up comedian Tracy Morgan rose to fame playing several memorable characters, including Astronaut Jones, a retro lounge-singing space traveler infatuated with female aliens, and impersonating Mike Tyson, Star Jones and Busta Rhymes. A fearless comic who was always performing whether or not cameras were rolling, Morgan earned a reputation for outrageous behavior, while problems with alcohol led to a career dip following his departure from "SNL." The failure of his own family sitcom, "The Tracy Morgan Show" (NBC, 2003-04), only cast a deeper shadow on his young, promising career. But he continued doing stand-up and was tapped for supporting roles in features like "Head of State" (2003) and "The Little Man" (2005). Thanks to fellow "SNL" castmate Tina Fey who had long recognized his comic brilliance, Morgan rebounded professionally when he landed the role of a lifetime, joining the ensemble cast of her Emmy-winning sitcom, "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-2013). Morgan shined as Tracy Jordan, the impulsive, demanding star of a late-night sketch comedy show-within-a-show whose dramas often mirrored the actor's offscreen life. The series' critical success reignited his career, leading to Morgan appearing in big screen comedies and voicing character's in animated films, where audiences continued to love his unpredictable, loose cannon persona.