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By Dana Flax

Anyone who watches "30 Rock" should be well aware of Tracy Morgan's predilection for all things related to pregnancies. Now having given birth to a giant bouncing baby of a book, his memoir "I Am the New Black," Tracy sat down with GQ to talk about it in their November issue (on stands Oct. 20). Read some highlights from the interview below (including a surprising defense of Michael Richards), and then check out the brand-spankin' new GQ.com for more exclusive coverage.

The Two Faces of Tracy Morgan

On the overlap between the real Tracy and his non-sequitur-spouting "30 Rock" character Tracy Jordan:

"Tracy Jordan is a part of Tracy Morgan; Tracy Morgan is not a part of Tracy Jordan. Again: Tracy Jordan is a part of Tracy Morgan; Tracy Morgan is not a part of Tracy Jordan. I'm not running around on the street in my underwear with a light saber."

Really, he's not all Tracy Jordan (insert non-sequitur here):

"My stand-up is nothing like the TV show. My sense of humor is a turkey, and I pull it out of the oven and baste it in reality."

On what themes we should naturally expect from an upcoming Spike Lee-directed concert film:

"Well, you know, I talk a lot about sex; because I'm good at it!"

On where he tries out new routines (in between bites of hibachi shrimp):

"Benihana's. At the gas station. I do comedy for real people. This ain't something you can just click on and click off. I don't need no stool and mic stand. I don't need all of that to be funny. I've been funny my whole life. This is a gift God gave me. I spread love wherever I'm at. I'm like Marvin Gaye.

On his description of his father's sexual candidness (regarding his own conception) in "New Black":

"Man, he was honest. He reminds me a lot of Richard Pryor. He never lied to me about sex. But I was a kid, you know -- I was 12 years old! I was like, What are you telling me this for?

An unlikely defense of contentious comedian Michael Richards:

"You gotta be a real f---ing moron to come to a comedy show with a bad attitude. 'Cause that's sacred ground. That Michael Richards -- that was his name, right? -- if nobody in there with a camera phone, it probably just woulda been a bad set. But somebody sitting there with a camera phone and put the s--- out there? That's bulls---."

On his teetotaling evening activities:

"I'm a big, big movie fan. I watch 'The Ten Commandments' and the original 'Planet of the Apes' every night."

Really, Tracy? Every night?:

"Every. Single. Night. Chuckie Hess? He the man."


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