Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan almost died on June 7, 2014, after a fatigued semitruck driver collided with the limo Morgan and his friends were riding in. The crash killed James McNair, a writer who was riding with Morgan. Morgan himself escaped alive, but sustained broken bones, a brain injury and was in a coma for two weeks.
But now, 16 months after almost losing his life, Tracy Morgan is officially back in action and performing again.
On Oct. 17, Morgan headed back to the stage that skyrocketed him to fame and hosted Saturday Night Live.
While most hosts state how excited they are to be there, Morgan is truly authentic with his happiness:
"You may have seen on the news that I was in a terrible car accident a year ago. It was awful, but it also showed me how much love and support I have in this world," Morgan stated during his monologue. "So a couple of months ago I called Lorne Michaels, he's my co-Obi Wan Kenobi, and I said, 'Lorne, when I get back on my feet, I want to come home.' And here I am!"
Of course, a proper SNL monologue wouldn't be complete without a little self-deprecating humor.
"People were wondering, 'Can he speak?' 'Does he have 100 percent mental capacity?' But the truth is, I never did! I might actually be a few points higher now!"
Though he was already giving a triumphantly killer monologue, he had one surprise left: a reunion with the cast of 30 Rock.
Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Krakowski all joined Morgan on stage to act out a fake 30 Rock scene, in which Morgan's character, Tracy Jordan, survives a brush with death. The reunion was a joy to 30 Rock fans everywhere, but it was a total testament to what a family the cast had actually become and how happy they were that Morgan was back in action.
"I just want to say one last thing, Tracy, from the heart. And this part is no joke," said Fey, as the iconic Liz Lemon, "we're so happy that you're OK, but we're even happier that you're ready to make people laugh again."
Check out the entire monologue here:
Welcome back, Tracy!
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