Former ‘SNL’ star announces U.S. tour
NEW YORK » After renewing his comedy career with appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and at the Emmy Awards, Tracy Morgan will embark on a nationwide stand-up tour in early 2016, including two dates in Hawaii.
The “Tracy Morgan: Picking Up the Pieces” tour is set to begin Feb. 5 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
His bookings, from February until the end of May, include some cold weather gigs: Vermont and Ontario in February. But he does have two dates in Hawaii: 7:30 p.m. April 8 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and 8 p.m. April 9 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. He will also perform three shows in New Jersey, including at a theater in New Brunswick, about 20 miles north of where the accident happened.
Tickets for the Hawaii shows, produced by local promoter BAMP Project, go on sale at 9 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Blaisdell Box Office (for Oahu show), the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Box Office (for Maui show), all Ticketmaster outlets (including all Walmart stores) and online at www.mauiarts.org (Maui show), www.bampproject.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Call (808) 242-7469 on Maui and (800) 745-3000 to purchase by phone.
Seats for the Maui show are priced at $45, $55 and $65 in advance, plus fees; Oahu fans will pay $39.50, $49.50 and $69.50 in advance, plus fees. All ages are welcome at both performances, although BAMP Project advises the shows are “for mature audiences only.”
Morgan was in a coma for two weeks following a June 2014 accident, when a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike crashed into the back of a van he was riding in. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed in the crash.
Morgan made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards last month, with a more substantive turn as guest host on Oct. 17 of NBC’S “Saturday Night Live,” the show where he was once a cast member. In one sketch, he was joined by his fellow cast members of “30 Rock,” Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer.
“People are wondering, ‘Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity?'” he said in his opening monologue. “The truth is, I never did. I might even be a few points higher.”
Morgan was unavailable for comment about his concert tour, although in a news release he described it as getting back on a bike after falling down — “you don’t forget where the pedals are.”
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Entertainment Editor Jason Genegabus contributed to this post.