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An Interview with Transgender Recovery Comedian Morgan
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Morgan is middle aged, provided she lives to be one hundred and twenty!  Her honest and zany insights into life leave audiences gasping for breaths between laughs.  Whether talking about her sexual encounters or dealing with drug addiction, Morgan creates personal connections with her audience creating a perfect atmosphere for hilarity.  So there you have it.  She’s a sixty year old transgendered woman telling her truth, who doesn’t drink or drug anymore and she still has more fun than anyone can believe… who knew???  Just a small look at the world through her eyes is going to make you laugh…

Recovery Comedy:  What were you like as a kid? 

Morgan:  As a child I was pretty much incorrigible. As I recall I spent the first hour of my first day in kindergarten in the principal’s office.  Myself and two other boys hid under the steps after the bell rang. When everybody went in to school the other two boys panicked and gave themselves up. I went home and told my mother that they had called school off for that day.  Needless to say she walked me back in the school by my ear and I spent the first hour of the first day of school in the principal’s office! It was pretty much downhill after that. By the time I reached seventh grade I had all but stopped going to school. That was when I started running away in earnest. I hitchhiked from Dover New Jersey to Sacramento California for the first time when I was 13 years old.  Since that time I have hitchhiked over 40,000 miles. I guess what I'm saying is most of my time as a child was spent running away. That was mostly because I knew I was in the wrong body from a very early age. I told my parents about feeling like a girl early on. Being a child of the 50s I got a smack in the head for that bit of truth.  Running away was my only recourse.

Recovery Comedy:  What made you decide to become a stand-up comedian and how long have you been performing? 

Morgan:  As long as I can remember I've been able to tell a story and I've been able to make people laugh. I see stand-up comedy as a way to promote acceptance and tolerance for people that are diverse. I've been performing stand-up and storytelling for six years now. I just finished a six city tour called The Girl Junk tour and documentary that took me to Manhattan for two shows, Austin, Texas to appear in Bedpost Confessions, and to Los Angeles to perform at the Risk Live show, back to Vallejo to headline the pride show there, and back to San Francisco to do my show Girl Junk for the National Queer Arts Festival.

Recovery Comedy:  A big part of your act is about being transgendered, how has your life changed since your operation (besides the obvious changes : )

Morgan:  I guess the biggest change so far was turning 60 this June. Other than that I would imagine speaking out for diverse people has been a change.  Getting to take my show on the road has been a big change too.  I’ve been to the capital a few times and spoken to legislators there and  I'm still getting up and doing this comedy that I love so much

Recovery Comedy:  Were you performing stand-up comedy before you got into recovery? 

Morgan:  No I wasn't performing comedy before I got into recovery. I've been clean for 22 years as of February.  Actually my first contracted gig was for convention in Sacramento last year.

Recovery Comedy:  Does your comedy have a message and if so what is it? 

Morgan:  I would imagine the big message in what I do is about tolerance and acceptance.  That it's okay to be who you really are.  I'm finally living as my authentic self.  Yes I'm trans but I'm so much more than that. I'm a very funny 60-year-old woman who happens to be in recovery.

Recovery Comedy:  Who are your comedy idols? 

Morgan:  Tina Fey and Louis CK

Recovery Comedy:  Where does your inspiration for material come from? 

Morgan:  A lot of my inspiration comes from just living my life here in San Francisco and so much of my stuff is just an honest appraisal of my life from two steps to the side.  Life is pretty funny if you can just get over yourself.

Recovery Comedy:  What is your joke writing process? 

Morgan:  My joke writing process is very organic.  It comes from conversations and interactions with people, from there it goes to open mics and after I've seen what works I write it down, and it comes with me from then on

Recovery Comedy:  What is your kryptonite? 

Morgan:  Mean spirited people...

Recovery Comedy:  Is your family supportive of your comedy career? 

Morgan:  My family was surprised and supportive after that.

Recovery Comedy:  Is comedy part of your healing process? 

Morgan:  Yes, my comedy and the fact that I make stuff out loud is a big part of my healing process.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your worst experience performing comedy? 

Morgan:  That would have to be the very very drunk and very very loud crowd I performed for early on.

Recovery Comedy:  What was your best experience performing comedy? 

Morgan:  Let's see that would have to be the two standing ovations that I got...

Recovery Comedy:  What is your comedy dream? 

Morgan:  My comedy dream would have to be to tour nationally doing my shows in theaters.  Getting my message of acceptance and tolerance out there for all to hear.

Recovery Comedy:  Thanks for taking the time to chat Morgan. You’ve certainly lead an interesting life and we wish you much success and laughter!

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