Syfy’s hidden-camera scream fest Scare Tactics is back tonight with a marathon of seven new episodes starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Though host Tracy Morgan doesn’t like to single out any pranks as his favorite — he loves them all — he will say fans of the show won’t want to miss his cameo in episode 2 (8 p.m. ET), when a young man on his first day in the office of a private security firm becomes the point person in talks with the kidnappers of famous client Tracy Morgan. We caught up with Morgan late last week:
Entertainment Weekly: How did you set the ransom at $3 million? I feel like you might be worth more.
Tracy Morgan: (Laughs) The writers did a great job. We wanted to make the stakes high, and that’s what we did.
I almost wish they’d have told the young man that you died, since he was warned your fate was in his hands.
I don’t know what the writers were thinkin’, but I’m glad we didn’t. We don’t want to freak the kid out like THAT. He may be a big fan of Tracy Morgan, he don’t want to see me die.
The marathon is obviously timed well with Halloween. What are your Halloween plans?
I’m gonna watch a bunch of Scare Tactics. I’m gonna watch a bunch of scary movies. Late at night, I like to scare myself sometimes. I watch a lot of demonic stuff, The Exorcist and Halloweens. And then I like to give out treats to the kids that come to my door. I remember how fun it was when I was a young kid. It makes you want to do it all over again.
Do you trick out your house and try to scare the kids?
No, no, no, no. I’m too lazy to do all that stuff. I go buy bags of candy, and that’s it.
Is there a scary movie you watched too young that scarred you for life?
The Exorcist. I watched The Exorcist on 42nd Street with my dad when people were smoking reefer in the theater. I was about 8 years old, and I got a contact [high]. So, I’m still spooked out about that. I don’t know what possessed my dad to take me to see that. He wanted to see it, and I guess I was with him. I think it’s the scariest movie ever made. They don’t make movies like that anymore.
Is there a movie you were surprised scared you as much as it did?
The Blair Witch Project. Because those guys were terrorized in the movie, and at the time, I thought it was real.
Is there a scary movie you refuse to watch, that you just won’t put yourself through?
If I can watch The Exorcist, I think I can watch anything. [Although] I don’t really dig gory movies. Like, I won’t watch the Saw series. I don’t mind spooky stuff, but I don’t like gory stuff.
What scares you most about 30 Rock coming to an end?
Nothing scares me. We look back on it, and I feel great that we did a great seven years of television.
Are we going to see Gov. Dunston again before the season ends?
I couldn’t tell you. I don’t want to spoil it, and plus, I don’t write the episodes… Hold on, I dropped my earpiece, and I have to pull over because I don’t want to drive without it. Excuse me for one second…. Hello. Sorry, about that. Now, I can legally drive and talk at the same time.
Do you anticipate getting political on Twitter as we get closer to Election Day?
No. I don’t even deal with politics. I just don’t believe in them. I think politics are politricks. My whole thing is power to the people. I don’t put my faith in any one man. I keep my faith in God. That’s where I keep my faith.
Last question: You’re set to take part in Spike TV’s all-star comedy special, Eddie Murphy: One Night Only, airing Nov. 14. Any idea what you’ll be doing?
I haven’t gotten the details. Eddie is an icon. He’s one of the reason why I started doing comedy in the beginning, so to be able to honor my comedic hero, I look so forward to it. I look forward to being there just to let Eddie Murphy know how much we appreciate him. He changed the game for a lot of brothers in the game. He opened a lot of doors for us.