Welcome back, Tracy Morgan and Ardie Fuqua!
Tracy Morgan surprised everyone at the Emmys last month by walking onstage to deliver the final TV awards of the live broadcast.
On Monday night, Morgan made his first official stand-up comedy performances since almost dying in the June 2014 highway crash that killed his friend and writing partner, James "Jimmy Mack" McNair. Morgan performed at both the Comedy Cellar and The Stand.
"My first time on stage in 16 Months at the
#ComedyCellar! Picking up the pieces!" Morgan wrote triumphantly after his first set.
As host of this coming weekend's Saturday Night Live, Morgan has to practice his monologue somewhere. So last night's performances represented another vital step in his recovery and comeback.
Mike Lawrence joked online and onstage last night that after following Morgan at The Stand, "Now I can answer the question, 'How do you go up after a triumph of the human spirit?'"
Ardie Fuqua, meanwhile, also is ready to perform again. Fuqua has appeared at the Olive Tree Café and Village Underground (site of the Cellar's two showrooms) and around New York City, but only on Thursday reported that: "After a year and a half of recovery and rehabilitation I have received clearance to perform again. It's going to be a long road, and it's not going to be pretty. But I am officially back!"
We're happy to see you both onstage again soon and often.
— The Stand NYC (@TheStandNYC) October 13, 2015
— Tracy Morgan (@RealTracyMorgan) October 13, 2015