The outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising story of Tracy Morgan's rise from ghetto wiseass to superstar comedian.
Who is Tracy Morgan? The wildly unpredictable funnyman who rocketed to fame on Saturday Night Live? The Emmy-nominated actor behind the sly and ingenious character Tracy Jordan on the award-winning hit sitcom 30 Rock, whose turbulent personal life often mirrors that of his fictional alter ego? Is he Chico Divine, the life of the party–any party, anytime, anywhere–getting ladies pregnant everywhere he goes? Or is he a soulful, tender family man who emerged from a hardscrabble ghetto upbringing and, against all odds, achieved superstardom, raised a solid family, prevailed over a collection of lethal bad habits, and is still ascending new heights and coming into his own? The answer is: Tracy Morgan is all that. And a bag of potato chips with a 50¢ soda.
When he was just a boy living in the Tompkins Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, being funny was about survival. With the right snap, Tracy could shut down the playground bullies who picked on him and his physically disabled older brother. And with a wild enough prank, he could exact revenge on whoever stole his Pumas at the community pool. Later, being funny was about escape–from the untouchable sadness of his father's death, from the desperation of the drug dealer's trade, from the life-and-death battles waged on the streets of the South Bronx in the age of crack. But these days being funny is about living his dream–a dream born in the comedy clubs of Harlem and realized on shows like Martin and Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast member for seven years, and in movies like The Longest Yard and Half-Baked.
With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows–from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life to the private and poignant end of his twenty-year marriage. In his singularly warped and brilliant way he muses on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.
Hilarious, inspiring, searing, and touching, I Am the New Black is a fascinating peek inside the minds of one of the most compelling and defining comedians of our time.
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Worth the Listen
I can't say I considered myself a fan of Tracy Morgan but rather a fan of 30 Rock. Due to much travel I bought this audio book on a whim, looking for entertainment. While I did laugh, I learned a thing or two about people as well as Tracey Morgan. As a Iraqi War Veteran and a father I was touched by the way Tracy spoke about his father experiences with war, and how it affected Tracy's whole life, and even more moved by listening to his father’s music he shared. I also got some insight as to the hardships some inner city Black Americans have faced. Needless to say I was glad I listened to this book. It was entertaining for sure, but the fact that it's an obvious tribute to his Mother and Father (you can hear the pain in his voice) made it quite endearing...
#1 The book and Audio book are completely different. (Notice there isn't any abridged or unabridge next to title like normal!)
#2 The book is funny, insightful, inspirational, consice and well thought out. I really enjoyed Reading the book. 5 stars.
#3 Is stream of consciousness and just short of rambling. There isn't any logical progression like the book.
Worst Audiobook Ever
I wish I could give it zero stars.
Tracy Morgan is great but whoever convinced him that this is a book is a moron.
Maybe the ghost writer that Tracy had was actually just another voice in his head telling him that this was a good idea.
It's like listening to a self-obsessed friend talk for 4hours non-stop about a lot of fairly common stuff and how it relates to him.
Very boring with no structure what so ever or effort at storytelling.
What a waste of money. I feel like I've been had.
He's still a funny comedian...just not in this book.