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Comedian Tracy Morgan just trying to get by

Comedian Tracy Morgan just trying to get by
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CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI, Staff Writer

Tracy Morgan’s feelings are raw. The comic best known for his “Saturday Night Live” characters Astronaut Jones, Brian Fellow and Dominican Lou is mourning the loss of his good friend Kobe Bryant.

“Kobe was a dear friend of mine,” Morgan says. “The last time I saw him was at the ESPYs last July. His last words to me were, ‘I love you.’ People were standing right there when he did it. It was emotional because of what happened to me.

“He said, ‘Don’t worry about it. You’re good. I love you.’ He was very loving, warm and receptive. I loved that. I love his family. I just pray for them, his wife and kids. I pray for them every day.”

Morgan is touring the United States with his “Tracy Morgan: No Disrespect”
jaunt.

“I’m going to be so funny, they’re going to put me on the next space shuttle,” he says. “This show is going to be the same thing I gave you the last show—funny, funny, funny. Ain’t nothing changed.

“I’m going to make them cry, too. The fi rst ESPYs, I made people cry.”
He’s referring to his recovery from a June 7, 2014, incident in which his limo bus was rear-ended by a Walmart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The crash killed comedy writer James McNair.

Morgan sustained a broken leg, nose and ribs in the accident. He was also in a coma for two weeks afterward and has no memory of what happened.
The “30 Rock” star doesn’t plan his shows too far in advance.

“I’m in service to you,” he says. “We’re all just trying to get by. Nobody’s perfect.

“I’m just living my life. I’m taking it one day at a time. Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery. Today’s the present. I’m in the present. I don’t know what the deal is tomorrow.”

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