Tracy Morgan, bouncing back from serious accident, returns to host 'Saturday Night Live'
Howard Alexander - News Editor
Comedian Tracy Morgan has returned to his familiar stage, hosting “Saturday Night Live” for the first time Saturday Oct. 17, 2015, since a vehicle crash left him in a coma, which provided material for his opening monologue.
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October 18, 2015 - 10:28 AM
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Tracy Morgan returned to a familiar stage, hosting "Saturday Night Live" in his first appearance on the show since a vehicle crash that left him in a coma.
"I was in a terrible car accident more than a year ago. It was awful, but it also showed me how much love and support I have in this world," the comic said in his opening monologue.
"People are wondering, 'Can he speak? Does he have 100 per cent mental capacity?'" he asked. "The truth is, I never did. I might even be a few points higher."
In one sketch, he was joined by "30 Rock" co-stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer. Fey broke character to inject a serious note: "We're so happy you're OK. We're even happier you're ready to make people laugh again."
Morgan also brought back a couple of his familiar characters — Astronaut Jones (stranded on Mars, a la Matt Damon in "The Martian") and animal expert Brian Fellow (joined by a real camel, who mostly co-operated).
Morgan suffered severe head trauma in June 2014 when a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike slammed into the back of the limo van he was riding in. Comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, a mentor of Morgan's, was killed in the crash. Morgan suffered head trauma and was in a coma for two weeks. Three other passengers suffered serious injuries.
News from © The Associated Press, 2015