updated 10/15/2009 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/15/2009 AT 10:35 AM ET
Don’t be fooled by the smile on Tracy Morgan’s face – there’s a deadly serious purpose behind all the jokes.
“If I lose my sense of humor, I’m dead, I’m gone,” Morgan, 40, said during a rare serious moment in an interview for Time.
“I was going through what Kanye was going through, and it was manifesting through drinking,” he said, adding, “It’s been a year and a half now” since he last drank. “Don’t even think about it.”
Not that he’s not still dangerous, he joked: “I know what I’m doing when I’m on the streets: I’m turning the good girls bad.”
He even took a lighthearted jab at President Barack Obama, whom he said he admires, laughingly claiming he’s had an affair with the first lady: “One of them little girls is biologically mine!”