Saturday Night Live
announced the first three hosts of its 41st season on NBC on Monday morning, featuring Miley Cyrus in the Oct. 3 season opener and Trainwreck star Amy Schumer the following week on Oct. 10. The real eye-opener, however, is the third host—former long-time cast member Tracy Morgan, who will essentially be making his first comedy performance since the deadly auto accident that claimed the lives of three others in June of 2014, including fellow comic James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.
Morgan has described the lingering impact of the severe head trauma he sustained in the accident, including memory loss, headaches and nosebleeds, saying he has “my good days and my bad days.” Audiences will no doubt be watching the SNL performance closely to see if this dynamo of a performer is still feeling those lingering effects, and how he will handle the no-doubt emotional return to the show that made him a household name in comedy. Morgan was also Emmy-nominated for his role in 30 Rock, also on NBC.
Considering that it was once considered doubtful that Morgan would ever perform again, we can only wish the comic a warm welcome back to the stage. Hopefully, the appearance will be the start of a full-on return to television for Tracy Morgan.