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Tracy Morgan, bouncing back from serious accident, returns to host 'Saturday Night Live'

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.

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