Tracy Morgan on His Comedy Comeback After Surviving a Fatal Car Crash: 'I Feel Like a Complete Artist Again'
Last year, Tracy Morgan was fighting for his life after being critically injured in a car wreck that left his friend dead. Now, the comedian is back and, if you ask the audiences who’ve seen the sold-out first stops of his national stand-up tour, better than ever.
“I feel like a complete artist again,” Morgan tells PEOPLE.
With a triumphant return to Saturday Night Life, surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards and role in Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic now on his resume, Morgan isn’t slowing down following a miraculous recovery.
As the holidays approach, Morgan, 47, says he’s grateful to spend them with wife Megan, 29, and their daughter Maven, 2 – who both join the 30 Rock star in a hilarious commercial for Footlocker Week of Greatness, an opportunity he calls “a blessing.”
“After this last year that we just had, just being together is good,” he says. “It’s good.”
How does it feel to be back to work a year after surviving your car crash?
It feels good, because now it’s complete. I just did my first comedy shows, and that’s the foundation for my whole career, my stand-up. … They were great shows, we got great reviews, so now the confidence is really starting to emerge.
Were you nervous or scared at all about hosting SNL?
I’m never scared. It was exciting to me. Scared people can’t wait for it to be over. I can’t wait for it to start. That’s always been me. I can’t wait for the game to start. So when I did the Emmys and all these things, I couldn’t wait to be in front of my community and let them know, ‘Hey, I’m here. I’m all right.’ I worried a lot of people. I wanted them to know I’m okay.
You and Megan wed about three months ago. How is married life treating you? Does your relationship feel different? Anything new or surprising?
You get married, your partner’s going to voice their opinion a little bit more, because they’re sharing your life with you. I understand that. But this is my second marriage, and I learn from all my mistakes, so that was a lot of learning there. I have the me thing down pat. Now I’m pretty much getting the relationship part down pat.
Headlining a comedy tour can be strenuous even for someone who hasn’t gone through what you have. Do you have any doctor’s orders for Picking Up the Pieces?
No, I’m leaving all that stuff in God’s hands. … We’re not stressed out about it, we’re gonna have a good time. That’s good hands, people! So I’m leaving it in God’s hands. Things are going to be all right. We’re going to have a good time. We’re not stressed out about it, we’re going to have a good time doing it.
Are you excited to play Redd Foxx in the new Richard Pryor biopic?
Very. I mean, it can be scary because he’s such an icon. Personally, I just want to do Redd Fox justice. … It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be exciting, it’s going to be adventurous, and I don’t want to do a Redd Fox impression. I hope I can channel him.