Tracy Morgan, bouncing back from bad crash, returns to 'SNL'

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Tracy Morgan returned to a familiar stage, hosting "Saturday Night Live" in his first appearance on the show since a vehicle crash that left him in a coma.

"I was in a terrible car accident more than a year ago. It was awful, but it also showed me how much love and support I have in this world," the comic said in his opening monologue.

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

In one sketch, he was joined by "30 Rock" co-stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer. Fey broke character to inject a serious note: "We're so happy you're OK. We're even happier you're ready to make people laugh again."

​To see more on Morgan's best SNL moments throughout the years, scroll through the gallery below:

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1686 -- Pictured: (l-r) Demi Lovato, Tracy Morgan, and Kenan Thompson on October 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jimmy Fallon' Episode 1608 -- Pictured: (l-r) Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: Tracy Mogran (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Casey Wilson, Michaela Watkins, Abby Elliott, Jason Sudeikis, Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kristen Wiig, Tracy Morgan (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Tracy Morgan' Episode 1549 -- Airdate 03/14/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Morgan, Andy Samberg (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 7 -- Air Date 12/06/2003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Parnell as Ricky Ashton, Tracy Morgan as Brian Fellows, Reverend Al Sharpton as Ryan Fellow during the 'Brian Fellow's Safari Planet' skit on December 6, 2008 (Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 5 -- Aired 11/11/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan during the monologue (Photo by Dana Edeson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Tracy Morgan is seen outside NBC Studios on October 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
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Morgan also brought back a couple of his familiar characters -- Astronaut Jones (stranded on Mars, a la Matt Damon in "The Martian") and animal expert Brian Fellow (joined by a real camel, who mostly cooperated).

Morgan suffered severe head trauma in June 2014 when a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike slammed into the back of the limo van he was riding in. Comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, a mentor of Morgan's, was killed in the crash. Morgan suffered head trauma and was in a coma for two weeks. Three other passengers suffered serious injuries.

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