Netflix’s onslaught of highly anticipated comedy specials continues: Tracy Morgan’s first stand-up special since the 2014 traffic accident that nearly took his life will drop on the streaming service on May 16.
The “30 Rock” star filmed the special, “Staying Alive,” in October 2016 in New Jersey, tackling the difficulties in coping with a traumatic brain injury and learning to walk again (while falling for his physical therapist), as well as the loss of his friend James McNair in the crash.
Morgan has made a full recovery and has . In addition to the already-taped “Staying Alive,” Morgan will star in a Richard Pryor biopic, “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?,” where he’ll star as Redd Foxx. He also has big-screen comedy “The Clapper” in the hopper, can currently be seen in the Ice Cube-Charlie Day feature comedy “Fist Fight,” and will star in a comedy for TBS executive produced by Jordan Peele, John Carcieri, and Morgan.
Morgan’s special joins a bevy of others in the offing at the streaming service. Earlier this week, Netflix announced a deal with Louis C.K. that added him to a herd of high-profile comedians in the Netflix stable that include Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, and almost literally too many others to name.
Morgan is represented by CAA and Ken Richman at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller L.L.P.