Between a new standup tour, hosting Saturday Night Live, and landing multiple movie roles, Tracy Morgan has made a big comedy comeback this year since he was injured in a 2014 car accident that killed his friend and mentor James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. Speaking to GQ in a new interview, Morgan opened up about the aftermath of the accident as well as his rough childhood and why, no matter what happens, he’ll always be able to turn to comedy for comfort. Here’s Morgan on how he thinks his experiences in the last year will change his comedy:
I think it will be deeper, I think it is going to be funnier—but who knows? I want to see the funny for myself—let’s check it out. Take it out for a test-drive. I’m going to take my sense of humor to the next level, my life. But right now, that’s all I look forward to: that first laughter. Will Ferrell told me, “You know how much a polar bear weighs? Enough to break the ice.” See, that’s good. Break the ice, then buckle up, and let’s enjoy the fucking ride. Buckle up, kids, it’s about to get wild and woolly! I faced death and all that shit. It’s my responsibility to come back and come back strong. It’s going to take more than a Walmart truck to take that gift away. I can’t wait to make you all laugh.