Tracy Morgan has some very special guests at his stand-up show in New York Thursday.
The comedian welcomed the hospital staff from JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute who cared for him after his crash, Page Six reports. A witness said Morgan was “brushing back tears” after the staff came up to hug him at the end of his set at Carolines comedy club.
During the night, Morgan spoke about the rehabilitation staff, who helped him relearn to walk and speak after he was involved in a 2014 crash with a Walmart truck.
“Nurse Jackie would try to get me to work out,” said Morgan. “I would always curse her out and she would always say, ‘everything’s gonna be alright.'”
The crash took the life of Morgan’s friend James McNair, and Morgan admitted earlier this year that he contemplated suicide during his painful recovery. Morgan settled a lawsuit with Walmart for an undisclosed sum in May 2015.
In April, Morgan, 47, performed a show for doctors, first responders and nurses who cared for him. The crowd packed into the State Theatre, located just two miles away from the hospital he was treated.
“Last night was one of the most special nights of my life,” Morgan told PEOPLE exclusively at the time. “To be standing on stage with the people that saved my life in the audience was an overwhelming experience. I will never fully be able to thank the doctors, nurses, first responders and everyone else that got me back on that stage enough.”