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Tracy Morgan Shares How Saturday Night Live Helped Him Return to Comedy After His Car Accident

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Two years after the fatal accident that almost claimed his life, Tracy Morgan continues to keep people laughing.

During an appearance on The View, the comedian spoke about hitting the road in his Picking Up the Pieces Tour and how the accident has changed his routine and outlook on life.

Of course, he also kept the show’s co-hosts cracking up.

Morgan, 47, revealed that he talks about going to heaven in his stand-up routine. The comedian was in a two-week coma following the multi-car accident.

“Yeah, I’ve seen a few people up there. I’ve seen Biggie Smalls – he looks good, he lost weight,” he joked in his signature dry style.

The 30 Rock alum also said that he got some advice from the legendary comics that came before him.

“I think I had a talk with Richard [Pryor],” Morgan said. “I think Richard was in my ear up there. I think Richard said, ‘Go get ’em.'”

Although Morgan still feels the effects of the accident – at one point in the interview he admits his memory is not as sharp as it used to be – he feels safe continuing to do comedy.

“As long as I do stand-up in the spirit of the gods, the comedy gods that came before me, I’m protected,” he says.

The Saturday Night Live alum is now Emmy-nominated for his return to the show as a host last season. He said SNL is actually what inspired him to get back on the stage.

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Morgan revealed that in between the dress rehearsal and the live airing of his hosting gig at his old stomping grounds, he began to feel as though the audience was feeling sorry for him because of his accident, and he sought advice from show creator Lorne Michaels.

“He simply said, ‘Tracy, they don’t care about that. They’re just happy you’re here,'” Morgan shared.

After that talk, the funny man was able to have fun and do the show. In fact, he left the pitch meeting earlier in the week so inspired that he did a five-minute impromptu stand-up routine at New York City’s Comedy Cellar, marking the first time doing live comedy since his accident.

And the whole time, his friend who passed away in the accident, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, was with him.

“I remember he gave me a joke about [Los Angeles Clippers owner] Donald Sterling, and I did it onstage that night,” Morgan recalled of his first return to stand-up. “And I looked to the side, and [McNair] was just dying. He didn’t care about that stuff. He just loved to see young comedians get off – to come off like a fat rat in a cheese factory.”

“He told me he would never leave me, and I believe him,” Morgan said of his friend.

Last August, Morgan tied the knot with one of his biggest supporters, wife Megan Wollover.

The wedding, which took place just a year and two months after his scary accident, inspired Morgan to recover.

“You know, I was in a wheelchair, and that was my motivation to work hard in the therapy so I could learn how to walk again and speak again, all those things,” he told the hosts of The View. I wanted to walk my wife down the aisle. I didn’t want no cane.”

Although the past two years have been difficult for the couple, the newlyweds are still smitten with each other.

“Last night she made lasagna with six different cheeses. That’s love,” Morgan joked.

The View airs weekdays (11 a.m ET) on ABC.