Tracy Morgan will present a new stand-up special, Staying Alive, on the Netflix streaming service. Morgan’s show was shot at New Jersey’s landmark Count Basie Theatre. Staying Alive will be launched globally on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. It will be available exclusively on Netflix.
In Staying Alive, Morgan explores his new take on life, career and mortality after surviving the multi-car crash that took the life comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. The crash left Morgan in a coma with several broken bones. He will talk about dealing with traumatic brain injury, learning to walk again and “falling for” his physical therapist.
Morgan made his first public appearance on the Today show the following June and made a surprise appearance at the 2015 Emmys, where he received a standing ovation. He hosted Saturday Night Live in October 2015. Morgan performed nationwide stand-up tour last year called Picking Up the Pieces.
“With his larger-than-life sense of humor and boisterous delivery, Morgan has long been one of the most revered comedians in his field,” reads the official press statement. “Audiences first fell for Morgan’s comedic charms in 1996 when he joined NBC’s Saturday Night Live and grew to become a fan favorite, developing a wide array of characters until departing the series in 2003. Morgan went on to star for seven seasons in NBC’s critically-acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning sitcom 30 Rock, where — opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin — he portrayed the unpredictable and always aloof Tracy Jordan.”
Morgan can currently be seen in the in the Ice Cube and Charlie Day comedy Fist Fight. He will appear in the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, the upcoming comedies The Clapper, TAG and will star in an unnamed TBS comedy from Jordan Peele.
Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K. have also scheduled standup specials for Netflix. C.K will do two.