Conratulations are in order for COMIC legend, Tracy Morgan! MORGAN has finally gotten his STAR!!
Just under four years after a truck accident nearly took his life, Tracy Morgan has a new sitcom and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler opened Tuesday’s ceremony awarding the Walk of Fame’s 2,633rd star with an overview of Morgan’s career, from “Saturday Night Live” to “30 Rock” to his latest show, “The Last O.G.”
The comedian, who spent two weeks in a coma in 2014, was visibly emotional throughout the ceremony, where he was surrounded by family, friends and fans.
But all that emotion didn’t mean that Morgan couldn’t land a punch line.
“When I was a poor kid growing up in the projects in Brooklyn, I never dreamed to have a star on the Walk of Fame,” Morgan told the assembled crowd. “But now I’m here and I have to tell you, I feel pretty comfortable.”
“I tell you why,” he added: “The smell of weed and stale urine is just like being in the projects.”
Morgan’s ceremony was rife with comedy royalty, with both “Get Out” mastermind Jordan Peele and Martin Lawrence on hand.
Peele, an executive producer on Morgan’s new sitcom, recalled seeing Morgan for the first time on “Def Comedy Jam” in 1994.
“He opened my mind. He blew my world up,” he said of Morgan’s debut performance. “This is somebody who had a presence, who had a natural charisma, who had an energy that was contagious, and you knew right then you were looking at a natural star.”
But according to Peele, Morgan is much more than a comedic talent.
He’s a grinder, a collaborator and a sage, Peele said.
“He’s been through so many things and he’s come out with an outlook on life that is absolutely beautiful,” he continued.
Morgan thanked Lawrence for being his first inspiration and being his O.G., and he went on to thank Peele and his surprising role in Morgan’s recovery.
“When I came out of that hospital, I was in my wheelchair and my son turned me on to ‘Key and Peele,’” Morgan explained. “And the laughter you gave to me helped me speed up my healing process.”
Morgan was also grateful to his managers and family, as well as former creative collaborators, including Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels and “30 Rock” costar Alec Baldwin.
“Before I met Alec, I thought only black people was crazy,” Morgan said. “Now I realize crazy don’t have a color. That makes me feel a part of something bigger than life.”
There was one group that Morgan spoke of on Tuesday with more emotion than any other. His appreciation ran so deep that he was able to go off script and speak from his heart.
“Finally, I want to thank the fans. Because without you all, I wouldn’t have a… career,” Morgan said. “I love you so much. Thank you for sticking with me. Me and my family are forever in your debt.” [source: LATimes]