“2 Broke Girls” keeps defying the critical loathing aimed its way by being a ratings success — not to mention winning a People’s Choice Award for favorite new comedy — and costar Garrett Morris is quite cheerful about that. “We’re not trying to be politically correct. We’re not trying to be ‘Family Matters’ or ‘Facts of Life’ and be acceptable to everybody. We’re not saying everyone is going to like us,” says the funny man who rose to fame on “Saturday Night Live” and now plays diner cashier Earl. “We have a different approach.”
According to Morris, we haven’t seen the end of Earl’s interaction with the fetching Jennifer Coolidge (he found her so hot, he landed in the hospital on the Valentine’s Day episode). But as far as Earl’s future, he says he’s happy to “let the writers surprise me.
“I’m enjoying myself. It’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve been in in my life. The ladies are great,” he says of Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. “We change up sometimes and have one script one day and the next evening, another script, and they just jump in with energy, kicking any challenge.”
Morris, who was a music arranger and singer with Harry Belafonte before “SNL” — and had success in vehicles including “The Jamie Foxx Show” afterward — just celebrated his 75th birthday this month. Besides being “Girls’” Earl, he gets great enjoyment out of owning and operating L.A.’s Downtown Comedy Club, and the fact young comics can hone their standup and be seen there.
As we speak, he lets us know that he just got word of a colleague’s death, which puts him in a reflective mood. “I’ve been very fortunate. There’ve been ups and downs, I haven’t been an angel. In my career, I’ve had moments worthy of criticism, I’m aware of that,” he says. “When you lose people or you’re ill for a minute, then you look around and see you’re still here, you have to thank providence, or God or whatever. To live life fully and do what you want to do is such a gift.”