With shows like Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock under his belt, there’s no doubt that comedian Tracy Morgan is well underway to solidifying his place as a Titan of comedy. Morgan stopped by Raw Dog’s Unmasked with Ron Bennington to discuss how living in poverty motivated him to pursue his dreams and how fellow comedian and friend Martin Lawrence made him realize his true calling.

Morgan described his SNL audition as “frightening” because he knew how high the stakes were at that time.”I had a wife and three kids and I knew if I nailed this, it could change their lives,” said Morgan.”My attitude was I ain’t got nothing to lose, but I got everything to gain.”

Later Morgan got visibly emotional when talking about the moment he realized his comedic calling, which he says was due in part to funnyman Martin Lawrence. “This man named Martin Lawrence gave me a shot,” Morgan said. “I’ll never forget it and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

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