Tracy Morgan has returned to comedy after more than a year’s absence due to a car crash that left him in a coma.
As host of Saturday Night Live on Oct. 18, he was in the unique position to show how much he’s recovered since then, and he did so while also showing his comedic chops were still intact
“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,” Morgan said to start of the opening monologue.
“People are wondering, ‘Can he speak? Does he have 100 per cent mental capacity?’” he added. “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 was seriously injured on June 7, 2014, when a Wal-Mart truck crashed into the limousine Morgan was riding in. The collision killed one of Morgan’s close friends.
Larry David steals the show as Bernie Saunders.
While the crowd cheered for Morgan’s recovery, comedian Larry David stole the show with his performance as presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
The ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ star did his impression of the Vermont Senator in a in a parody of last week’s Democratic presidential debate.
The SNL cast also played Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley as well as Sanders to mock the memorable moments of the debate, including Clinton’s email scandal.
“You know what?” David said as Sanders. “I think the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your goddamn emails!”
The performance was popular Twitter, with compliments and comments trending on the internet overnight.
With files from the Canadian Press.