Donald Glover Talks About Playing Tracy Morgan on Live Episode of ’30 Rock’


Tonight’s (Apr. 26) special live episode of beloved NBC comedy 30 Rock features Donald Glover also known as Childish Gambino, guest starring as a younger Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan). A la 2010’s live episode where Julia Louis Dreyfus plays a younger Liz Lemon, Glover will return to his 30 Rock roots for a role he’s no stranger to playing. In an interview with Miss Info, Glover recalled his early days as a stand-in for Morgan.

“Some days, it’d be like, ‘Tracy stole a cruise boat! He can’t come to [30 Rock rehearsal], so I would stand in for him. That’s actually how I got an audition at SNL,” Donald told Miss Info.

Since his days as a writer on the show, Glover has went on to star in Community, as well as launching his rap career as Gambino. Reps from 30 Rock also offered a brief synopsis of tonight’s live episode.

“When their Kabletown bosses announce they will no longer pay for ‘TGS’ to be a live show, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) realize their lives will actually be easier if they shoot canned episodes fast and cheap. Only Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer) objects, urging that nothing can replace the communal experience of live television. He tries to convince the ‘TGS’ staff to fight for their right to be live by taking them and our audience through a magical look back at the illustrious history of Studio 6H.”

Will the cast of 30 Rock have another classic on their hands with tonight’s live episode? Tune in and find out. –Iyana Robertson