Garrett Morris gets plenty of laughs on the CBS comedy "2 Broke Girls." It's his latest stop in a long and sometimes troubled career. Rita Braver tracked him down for some Questions-and-Answers:
"I'm the Hoochie Koochie man . . . Everybody knows I'm here ..."
If this Hoochie Koochie man looks awfully familiar, you may remember Garrett Morris as one of the original cast members on "Saturday Night Live."
Then there's his current gig: He's now beginning his fourth season of playing Earl, the wisecracking cashier, on the CBS comedy series, "2 Broke Girls."
Morris jokes that he's in it for the free food backstage. "Yeah, yeah, they have sushi in here!" he exclaimed in the green room.
But at 77, and twice divorced, he clearly loves being the Grand Old Man on the set:
"I actually think I have the best job on TV," he said. "I'm not a septuagenarian; I'm a sexygenarian. Anyway, because at my age, to be on a national televised, very popular show doing what I like to do, that's a blessing."
And Garrett Morris knows all about blessings.
He was born in New Orleans, where his grandfather was a preacher at the Phillips Memorial Methodist Church.
"You were the first child born to your mom -- she was very young," said Braver.
"Yes, my mom was 16," Morris said. "And I was gonna hesitate to -- I'm gonna say it. My mom was raped when she was 16, and at that time when that happened to her, she had been told up until that time that the way babies came was, you went down to the Mississippi River and you got 'em off the boat! So she really did not know what was happening."
"My grandfather was very unusual, 'cause he had me listening to the blues," Morris said. "Now mind you, in the '40s blues was considered evil."
"Not church music!" said Braver."
"So I was singing the gospel AND the blues by the time I was four or five."