Tracy Morgan brought his “Picking up the Pieces” comedy tour to the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey on Saturday night, and used the show as an opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who helped save his life following a deadly car accident in 2014.
“Last night was one of the most special nights of my life,” Morgan told PEOPLE about the show. “To be standing on stage with the people that saved my life in the audience was an overwhelming experience. I will never fully be able to thank the doctors, nurses, first responders and everyone else that got me back on that stage enough.”
The State Theatre is located less than a mile away from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where Morgan was taken following the crash that left his friend James McNair dead. Morgan himself was seriously injured in the accident, suffering a traumatic brain injury.
“I thought I was going to die for a long time,” Morgan told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “My thoughts — I was in a very dark place. I was sitting right here, contemplating suicide. I couldn’t walk.”
In an earlier interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Morgan said it was his young daughter who inspired the comedian to walk again. “I remember, I was in that wheelchair, and she was 14 months, and I’d seen her take her first steps, and that inspired me to get out of the wheelchair and take my first steps,” Morgan said.