fans storm out of tracy morgan’s MICF “comedy” show
Disgruntled fans walked out of Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on Saturday after comedian Tracy Morgan let loose a sexist rant.
The audience members had paid $70 a ticket to see the 30 Rock star as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but that was not incentive enough for all to sit out the tirade. The 45 minute “performance” was full of graphic sexual material and gender stereotypes that hark back to a bygone era.
Reviewer Steve Bennett from Chortle recanted some of the show’s lowlights, including Morgan’s observations like: ‘Fucking women are crazy’ and ‘That pussy be burnt out’; ‘That crippled pussy stays wet’; ‘That pussy stink just a little bit’.
Reactions to the news on social media sites such as Twitter have been mixed.
‘Tracy Morgan: we don’t want you here. Protest comedian’s woman hating tirade in Perth tomorrow.’
Fellow comedian Meshel Laurie tweeted a link to the Chortle article, with the commentary that the only MICF reviews remembered are the ones for famous people who ‘have it coming’.
Other commentators have come to Morgan’s support, while missing the point of the criticism of the show’s sexist content. In highlighting the fact that people shouldn’t expect the same vein of humour as Morgan’s character on 30 Rock, they seek to justify the fact that the show is outrageous.
But the problem people have with Morgan’s routine is the outdated thinking, not the vulgarity. As Bennett said, ‘Being pugnaciously crude can be hilarious, but this is show based more on revulsion than humour.’
Morgan has two shows left of his sold-out Australian tour, both in Perth.