Just three days after his raunchy riffs on the Obamas‘ sex life caused mass walkouts at his Carnegie Hall show, former SNL cast member and current 30 Rock star, Tracy Morgan, has canceled his planned New Year’s Eve stand-up performance at Washington’s Warner Theatre — a venue a mere three blocks from the White House.
The comedian had been previously been on the hook for the stand-alone DC date that would, presumably, fall along much the same lines as the New York production and culminate with the star officiating the 2010 ball drop. Whether the cancellation stems from the media reaction to this week’s performance (The Daily News quoted Morgan as saying “Obama is really changing the White House, because he and Michelle will have the first presidential sex tape out,” which he followed up by “Âmimicking explicit sex acts on stage”) or low-ticket sales stemming from the oddity of sitcom star top-lining a New Year’s event remains to be seen. The star has also similarly backed out of a book signing for his newly released memoir, I Am the New Black.
Then again, it could always be another relapse. Ah, Hollywood.
At present, Morgan’s publicist is keeping mum, only stating that the show will be rescheduled. The Warner Theatre, however, doesn’t appear to be keeping its fingers crossed. Rob Muller, Director of Marketing for LiveNation — the promoters for the one-off DC performance — made no mention of honoring tickets at later date in his announcement of the cancellation and instead only addressed where and how to obtain a refund. For more information on that matter, visit the Warner’s scheduling page here.