For the first time since he caused an uproar in Nashville, and then proceeded to make a round of apologies and appearances, Tracy Morgan took to the stage on Saturday night for a stand-up routine.
He appeared on stage at Caroline's in NYC and immediately told the audience he was gonna be "mellow."
But that's far from the style that has made the 30 Rock star famous, of course, as went on deliver jokes about masturbation, ejaculation, the female anatomy and other topics that had the crowd in stitches.
About 45 minutes in, Morgan said: “You’re all sitting here waiting for me say something about the controversy, right? I’m 42, man, and now all of a sudden I’m homophobic?”
He then joked: “My father was the lead singer in the Village People. I would sing the ‘Y.M.C.A.’ the loudest. I was sitting right there when he wrote the song."Morgan shied away from any overt references to homosexuality, but he did re-tell a different joke to which Kevin Rodgers - the Facebook poster who originally called attention to the comedian's rant earlier this month, and who hugged it out with Tracy during a recent press confrence - objected a few weeks ago.
Regarding the joy of making women choke during oral sex, he riffed: “You gotta make that mascara run.”
Witnesses say Morgan was mostly himself during the set - still unpredictable, still raunchy - and concluded the routine with the following message: "Gay, straight... I don’t care. As long as you’re happy.”