Tracy Morgan has no problem making people laugh, but this story just might make you cry. People is reporting that the comedian put on a special show at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, a venue two miles away from the hospital he was treated at after his tragic car accident. While tickets were available to the public, the show was primarily for the doctors, nurses, and first responders who took care of him.
In June 2014, a Walmart truck collided with the car Morgan was traveling in and left him with a two-week coma and a brain injury. A fellow comic and Morgan's close friend, James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, died. Now, nearly two years later, Morgan returned to New Jersey for the emotional performance.
In an exclusive interview with People, he said:
Last night was one of the most special nights of my life. 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.
At the end of the sold-out show, Morgan requested the audience give a standing ovation to thank the doctors, nurses, and first responders. They then were invited back stage to hang out with Morgan for a bit. He donated all of the proceeds from the show to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was treated.
He also told People:
These people are heroes and I love them all from the bottom of my heart. The only good thing that happened on that horrible night was that I was close to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital when the accident happened. God Bless them all.
Although he says he sometimes misses being in a coma, his fans are glad that Morgan is feeling well enough to stand up and rub his belly again.