Just a month after he surprised everyone with an appearance at the Emmys, Tracy Morgan went back "home" on Saturday night—to the stage on Saturday Night Live as its host, the AP reports. "I'm back, it feels so good to be here," he announced to a cheering audience as he began his monologue. "I was in a terrible car accident a year ago. It was awful. But it also showed me how much love and support I have in this world." His return to the SNL limelight marked a triumphant return for the comedian after doctors once feared he'd never perform again after he was in a serious car accident in June 2014 that killed his friend, fellow comic James McNair. "I wonder how I'm gonna be funny again," he said in an emotional interview with Matt Lauer in June, per NBC News. "Remembering my identity—what do I do?"
He remembered that identity on the SNL stage with all of his trademark humor intact. "People are wondering, 'Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity?'" he noted during the monologue. "But the truth is, I never did. I might actually be a few points higher now." He had plenty of help onstage, including Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer, who performed a 30 Rock sketch with him. Fey got serious for a moment to tell him, "We're so happy you're OK. We're even happier you're ready to make people laugh again," notes the AP. Other highlights of the show included an appearance by Seinfeld co-creator Larry David as Bernie Sanders in the night's opening skit, as well as two emotional performances by singer Demi Lovato. Morgan capped the night off during the final group hug by bringing his wife and baby daughter onstage, telling the crowd, "I love y'all, thanks for being here with me. We out," per the New York Times. (The NTSB says the driver of the truck that hit Morgan's limo had been up for 28 hours straight.)