Comedian Tracy Morgan is lucky to be alive after 2014’s horrific car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, and he’s now talking about his recovery in his comedy act on his Picking Up The Pieces tour. The Alpine resident and former Saturday Night Live cast member got candid in a recent interview with ABC, where he said, “I went to the other side and came back” and that’s given him a unique perspective. He revealed that after he got out of the coma, he’s tapped into a level of goodwill he never would have known otherwise. “My purpose now is to spread that love through my sense of humor,” he said.
Of meeting the first responder who pulled him out of the van and saved his life at a show in New Brunswick, Morgan got emotional as he revealed, “[H]e was covered in my blood from head to toe, and he said I was swinging. I said, ‘Why was I doing that?’ And he said, ‘You were fighting for your life.’ I wasn’t ready to go man. I got a little girl, I got sons, I got my audience, I got my wife, I wasn’t ready to go.”
Morgan expressed his love for his wife Megan Wollover and daughter, Maven, 2, who was originally supposed to travel with him the night of the accident, but didn’t because she was teething. (Morgan is also dad to sons Malcolm, Gitrid and Tracy Morgan, Jr.)