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This week on stage: Tracy Morgan brings shock comedy back to Twin Cities

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Following a 50-city tour in smaller venues earlier this year -- including the Burnsville Performing Arts Center last month -- former "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan is bringing his "Excuse My French" national comedy tour to the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis Friday.

In his review of the Burnsville show, Neil Justin of the Star Tribune called Morgan's 70-minuteact in Burnsville March 20 "one of the bluest acts in recent history," saying the controversial comedian was "diving over and over again into his sordid sexual desires."

Noting Morgan's 70-minute act "wasn't for the weak hearted," Justin said not everything worked. Morgan's observations about the Olympics in Utah and his desire to meet Michael Jackson, "felt dated and lacked the comic's standard enthusiasm."

For most of the show, Justin wrote, "Morgan happily danced on the edge of the cliff, daring the audience to gasp and groan, a death-defying feat that ultimately soared."

Morgan didn't have any luck with a scheduled performance a couple days later at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. The Post Bulletin says the show was canceled due to "low ticket sales."

The comedian faced more cancellations of his shows earlier this month, but for entirely different reasons. WAToday.com in Australia reports that fans called for Morgan's Perth gigs to be canceled because they were so disgusted by his act in Melbourne.

"Despite paying $70 for their tickets, dozens of fans walked out of the show," WAToday said.

Also on stage this week is Russell Peters, who brings his "Notorious World Tour" to the State Theatre in Minneapolis on Thursday.

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