Barely 72 hours later, it still feels surreal.
Michelle and I, along with a couple of our friends, had the opportunity to go to a Tracy Morgan charity comedy show in Miami, which was presented by Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano to benefit Veteranâ€™s Housing. Thanks to the event organizers, Lunar Sports Group, we had invites to the pre-show VIP party, backstage passes and tickets to the after-party at the Shore Club.
We were informed beforehand that several of Fasanoâ€™s teammates could come out for the show, and sure enough, Reggie Bush, Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Jared Odrick, Clyde Gates, Steve Slaton, and ex-Dolphin Lousaka Polite were among a dozen or so players in attendance. Michelle and I volunteered to check-in the VIP guests, meaning we had to put tiny orange bands around the massive wrists of professional football stars and the tiny wrists of their supermodel girlfriends. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.
I made sure to tell Polite that he remains one of our all-time favorite players and that we miss chanting “Louuu!” whenever he’d get a first down. Â He thanked me and said that he’s continuingÂ to work out, waiting to “get the call.”
Once the pre-show party concluded, the players and VIP guests were ushered down the hall, where Morgan came out to welcome everyone to the show. Well, he didnâ€™t so much welcome them, as much as launch into an impromptu stand-up act, explaining that heâ€™s the sole reason why both the NFL and NBA lockouts had ended. Thatâ€™s probably the one part that I can repeat with a straight face, much less reprint here. Â Letâ€™s just say the majority of his topics had a lot to do with bodily functions and bedroom acts most people would probably never want to try. Morgan walked up and down the hall, cracking everyone up with his unique sense of humor, driving home the point that absolutely nothing and no one was off limits (more on that shortly).
Before he went back to his dressing room, I made sure to shake his hand and tell him how much I enjoy his work, figuring it would be my one chance to speak to him.
The Dolphins walked to another section of the theater to pick up food and beverages before the main act, where MiamiDolphins.com beat writer Andy Kent introduced us to Bess, Michelleâ€™s favorite player. Bess was extremely nice and personable, openly talking about Miamiâ€™s heartbreaking last-second loss on Thanksgiving, and taking the time out to pose for pictures. Michelle was star-struck and giggling in delight after Bess walked away â€“ pretty much exactly how Iâ€™d react if I ever talked to Candace Parker.
As for Morganâ€™s actual stand-up, he began the routine by pulling no punches about Bushâ€™s relationship with Kim Kardashian and her E! reality show, and continued to spew (heh) unfiltered raunchiness and crudeness for the next hour-and-a-half. I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s a person on earth who can get away with anything he said or make such absurd topics so hilarious. My face actually hurt from laughing so much.
Soon afterwards, we walked several blocks to the Shore Club, where none other than Tracy Morgan and a few of his friends sat on a bench outside, with no bodyguards or bouncers in sight. When he saw us, he dove right back into his comedy act, telling us a few jokes he forgot to say during the show.
At one point, he said (Iâ€™m paraphrasing for language, clearly) that men can’t live with or without women. Â Michelle laughed and told him I was learning all about that.
â€œNah, heâ€™s a good boy,â€ said Morgan. â€œHeâ€™s domestically trained, like me. He knows not to pee inside the house.â€ I canâ€™t argue with this.
He then asked us if we were coming inside (as if weâ€™d miss it for anything), at which point one of his friends told Morgan that I look like Jesus.
â€œHeâ€™s got the long hair, the beard â€“ all heâ€™s missing is the sandals,â€ he said.
Morgan took it a step further, declaring that I actually look like Mosesâ€™ mother. I still have no idea what to make of that, but it was fantastic. He then asked me if Iâ€™d seen the originalÂ Planet of the Apes, and for whatever reason, I told him I hadnâ€™t. It didnâ€™t matter â€“ he went right into a Charlton Heston impression from some movie none of us knew; regardless, we laughed hysterically.
Inside the club, I spotted one of the comedians who opened for Morgan and had to get a picture with him, obviously because of that amazing mustache. Somewhat disappointingly, his act barely mentions the sweet â€˜stache, with just one quick line about Super Mario being on stage.
We hungÂ Â around in the back for a while, where some of the guests played pool and hit on scantily-clad women, and went home around one thirty in the morning. After spending some time with him, I can safely say that Morgan basically plays himself inÂ 30 RockÂ (within the confines of network television, of course) â€“ an outrageous and unpredictable character whoâ€™s always on and lives for making others around him laugh.
Needless to say, it was an unforgettable experience with the hands-down funniest person Iâ€™d ever met.