Tracy Morgan Is Out Turning 'Good Girls Bad'

10/15/2009 at 10:35 AM EDT

Tracy Morgan Is Out Turning 'Good Girls Bad'
Tracy Morgan
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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.

The 30 Rock actor, who's publicly struggled with alcoholism, said, he can relate to what celebrities such as Kanye West are going through.

"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!"

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