Tracy Morgan poked fun at his horrific accident at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards

By Alexia Fernandez
January 27, 2019 08:50 PM

Tracy Morgan poked fun at his horrific car accident at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The 50-year-old comedian appeared onstage to present the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series when he joked about the crash which almost took his life and killed his friend in 2014.

“I gotta say, it’s an honor to be presenting this award tonight. It’s a very prestigious award and can be life-changing, and trust me when I say, as a former winner, if you win this award tonight, and get hit by a Walmart truck, and survive with all your arms and legs, you gonna be set for life,” Morgan said.

He added, “You can trust that.”

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In 2014, Morgan was riding in a limousine bus when it was struck by a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The crash killed his friend and collaborator, comedian James McNair, 62. Morgan was severely injured.

In 2017, Morgan told PEOPLE ahead of his Netflix comedian special Staying Alive, the accident made him motivated to continue his career.

  • The official pre-show, People, Entertainment Weekly and TNT Red Carpet Live: 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, will livestream beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on PEOPLE.com, EW.com, tntdrama.com/sag-awards and sagawards.org, in addition to being broadcast live in Times Square.

“I got hit by a truck, it was a great story. So that’s what happened. I had a story to tell,” he said.

“When anything ever bad happened to me I made it funny and I turned it good,” Morgan added. “This was a bad thing that happened to me. I wanted to tell my story, but I also want to continue my standup career because all the great things that ever happened to me in my life came through standup.”

The 25th annual SAG Awards are being presented live on both TBS and TNT from the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles.