Following his serious car accident, Tracy Morgan makes his return to stand-up today to joke about being in a coma, talking to God, and his family’s eccentricities.
Now, Netflix has given us a taste of what’s in store with a new clip from the special.
Trailer: Tracy Morgan Staying Alive
10th May 2017
Tracy Morgan makes a return to the stand-up this month for Netflix. Following his serious car accident, Tracy Morgan’s new show will joke about being in a coma, talking to God, and his family’s eccentricities. Staying Alive premieres on Tuesday 16th May.
Tracy Morgan heads to Netflix for new stand-up special
25th February 2017
Tracy Morgan is heading to Netflix for a new stand-up special.
The comedian, who is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, has not been seen on the stand-up stage for several years, ever since a traffic accident in 2014, which almost took his life.
Titled Staying Alive, the special will see Morgan tackle the collision, the loss of his friend, James McNair, in the accident, as well as Morgan’s subsequent recovery, including coping with a brain injury, learning to walk again, falling for his physical therapist and his new perspective on his life, career and mortality.
The special was filmed in New Jersey’s Count Basie Theatre last October, his first return to the stand-up circuit since the crash. In the last few years, Morgan has gradually gone back into the limelight, appearing on the Today show in June 2015, as well as at the Emmys that year. He also hosted Saturday Night Live in October 2015. In March, he can be seen in UK cinemas in Fist Fight, alongside Ice Cube and Charlie Day.
Next up for the comedian is an untitled comedy series he is exec-producing with Jordan Peele for TBS, which THR reports will “capture Morgan’s stand-up persona while also serving as a commentary on race relations, the Gen X/Millennial gap and the American penal system”.
Morgan’s deal with Netflix also marks the streaming giant’s growing ambitions in the stand-up comedy arena, with a whole host of big names signed on to film specials for the site, including Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfeld, and, most recently, Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K..
Tracy Morgan’s Staying Alive will be released globally on Netflix on 16th May.
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