Tracy Morgan plans standup tour

2015-10-22 06:00

New York — After renewing his comedy career with appearances on Saturday Night Live and at the Emmy Awards, Tracy Morgan will launch a standup tour at venues in the US.

The Tracy Morgan: Picking Up the Pieces tour is set to begin 5 February at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, it was announced on Tuesday.

Morgan was in a coma for two weeks following a June 2014 accident, when a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike crashed into the back of a van he was riding in. Comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair was killed in the crash.

Morgan made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards last month, with a more substantive turn as guest host on 17 October of NBC'S Saturday Night Live, the show where he was once a cast member. In one sketch, he was joined by his fellow cast members of 30 Rock, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer.

"People are wondering, 'Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity?'" he said in his opening monologue. "The truth is, I never did. I might even be a few points higher."

Morgan was unavailable for comment about his concert tour, although in a news release he described it as getting back on a bike after falling down — "you don't forget where the pedals are."

His bookings, from February until the end of May, include some cold weather gigs: Vermont and Ontario in February. But he does have two dates in Hawaii in early April.

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