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Morn is a fictional character on the science fiction television show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine played by Mark Alan Shepherd. He is a Lurian male and the only member of his species seen in Star Trek. Morn has 17 brothers and sisters.

Morn runs a shipping business, but he is more frequently seen sitting on Deep Space Nine at Quark's bar. Morn's name is a play on the name Norm, a character on the TV show Cheers whom he resembles both physically and for his regularity at the bar.

Morn never spoke on camera (though he has laughed), but from the accounts of other characters, one gets the impression that Morn rarely stops talking. This was a running joke of the series, and used successfully several times. Morn is credited with knowing the funniest joke in the Universe, and in several episodes an incidental character is seen to start laughing as he/she/it leaves his side. Quark often breaks down laughing when he tries to retell the joke, and always gives up by saying that no one can tell it like Morn can. Despite this, Morn rarely seems to get Quark's jokes, and when he does, it takes him a while.

Often, other characters will refer to something Morn has done that seems uncharacteristic for him, considering his usual on-camera silence. For example, when it became clear war with the Dominion was inevitable, Morn is said to have thrown a chair at Quark, then run around the promenade, screaming "We're all going to die!" Vic Fontaine, the holographic singer who is a recurring character in the later seasons, has stated that Morn's rendition of New York, New York has to be seen to be believed.

Very little is revealed about Morn or his species on the show. In The Way of the Warrior, it was implied Lurians are usually found near the Hyundite Nebula — a hostile Klingon suggested it was suspicious to find Morn so far from there. It was revealed in the episode "Who Mourns for Morn?" (season six) that he had been previously involved in some criminal activities, notably the Mother's Day Heist in which his crew stole 1000 bricks of gold-pressed latinum. As all Lurians, Morn has two stomachs; it was revealed that he was storing the latinum in one of them, and it was implied that is the reason his hair had fallen out.

Morn also appeared on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Birthright, Part I" and made a cameo on the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Caretaker".

See also

  • World's funniest joke
  • The Funniest Joke in the World: Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! ... Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput.

External links

  • Morn's entry at Memory Alpha (http://www.memory-alpha.org/en/index.php/Morn)

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