Meet '30 Rock' movie icon 'Tracy Jordan'

102435__tracy_lGot to hand it to Tina Fey and the team at 30 Rock: They don’t do anything halfway. In preparation for the launch of that other meta-SNL show (the one that’s an actual comedy), they’ve mocked up some movie posters featuring fictitious bigscreen comic Tracy Jordan (played by the very real Tracy Morgan): Who Dat Ninga? [sic] and Black Cop, White Cop. (”One does the duty. The other gets the booty.”) On the show, these flicks are harbingers of horrors to come; Jordan, avolatile industry joke, is being foisted on showrunner Liz (Fey) as the newfrontman for her long-running late-night sketch show. Both faux-films are chillingly plausible, and, knowing Hollywood, they’ll probably be picked for distribution on the strength of these images alone.

(Click on the jump to see the ”Who Dat Ninga?” poster.)

102435__tracy_ninja_lI’ve got a soft spot for funny-bad promo syntax (”Tracy Jordan is… Who Dat Ninga?”) and funny-bad whiteface (Black Cop, White Copmakes Dave Chappelle’s trademark powder-job look RickBaker-impeccable); but I’m especially intrigued by these fake credits.Producer ”Kevin Landon Raper” has an Internet Movie Databasedoppelganger, one ”Kevin L. Raper,” from the art department of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. (Oh, to be a ”Raper” on SVU — how wonderfully awkward.) Writer ”Claire Hewitt” is actually a casting director, and costumer ”Edward Briggs” is a L&Oset decorator. Are these NBC inside jokes? Is that why I feel left out?Have I been staring too long at a poster for a fake movie called Who Dat Ninga?

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  • Tyler D

    I miss Astronaut Jones. NBC would be wise to allow their old SNL clips on YouTube.

  • Sven

    Tracy Morgan is renowned for his sexual advances on college women when he does the college tour comedy route. The University of Virginia got so tired of his antics, they have forbidden him for ever being invited here again.

  • Sven

    The point of my post was Tracy Morgan has the reputation for the character he is playing on this show, which is probably why Fey selected him.

  • Jess B.

    Those posters are pure brilliance. Yet another reason why Tina Fey is my hero. I can’t wait to see this show!
    BTW, Tyler, there are two Astronaut Jones skits on Tracy Morgan’s SNL “Best Of” DVD, if you’re desperate. But I agree, NBC should be less stingy with the YouTube clips!

  • Ep Sato

    Oh man! Anyone remember “True Identity”? It’s a movie about a Black Actor who has to play a white guy to convince folks he’s not who they seek. Tracy’s white persona totally looks like the “white guy” in True Identity.
    I like Tracy Morgan a lot and find his brand of offbeat humor to be really funny. Oh, and all these plays on words remind that Mac (from Sunny in Philly) wears this bad azzed t shirt that reads “Strictly for my Ninjas”. Could it be the 30 Rock writers are Sunny in Philly fans too?

  • Dave

    Can I buy these posters? They’re hysterical! I like Tina Fey a lot and hope her show does well!

  • Big Momma

    Unfortunately, due to the business I am in, I have direct contact with Tracy Morgan. There is nothing even remotely nice or funny about him. I would not waste my time watching anything he was appearing in.

  • Jen

    I saw Tracy Morgan get sexually suggestive with somebody’s white granny at a comedy show in Baltimore. My first thought was, “Ewww! What is he doing?” My next thought was, “What is this old, white granny doing at a Tracy Morgan comedy show???”

  • Ep sato

    I always liked Morgan in the role of “Brian Fellows”, the funny parody of Steve Irwin. Instead of a smart guy who knows lots about animals, Morgan plays the role as a complete nitwit who is out to look better than his guests.
    Is Tracy really a jerk in real life? In recent years it seems to matter a lot more if a celeb’s a jerk or not. Back in the day it seems to me like there was more tolerance for celeb’s acting a fool (remember how Sean Penn got a rep for punching photographers in the face and still got decent acting jobs afterwards?) than there is now. Anyway, until I’ve heard something REALLY bad about Mr. Morgan (if he pushes an old lady in front of a bus or starts having slumber parties with 13 year old boys or something), I’ll have to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. That is of course, on the basis that he can still make me laugh. Otherwise, forget him!

  • Vicki

    “If that turtle comes out his shell, I’m onna kill it.”

  • Cletus

    I think that Tracy Morgan is about as funny as a dose of the clap. But those posters are hilarious!

  • Fatima

    Black Mama, White Mama homages are always cool with me.

  • Ceballos

    Everyone knows Tracy Morgan’s best character on SNL was Woodrow, the singing, sensitive, homeless guy who romanced Britney Spears and Kate Hudson.
    “Catch a doodoo pie” Nuff said.

  • Phil

    hehe Ep Sato, I actually went to school with Mac (Rob to his friends)here in Philly, totally nice guy and I wish more people would be into ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA.
    As far as Tracy Morgan goes, I’ve heard mixed stories bout him being a real-life jerk. I’d love to hear more from our very own Big Momma. Nothing telling, just, ya know…one example…

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    He did the best Star Jones that I have ever seen. “‘Cause I’m a Loi-ya!” lol.

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