Tracy Morgan has made a triumphant return to his former home of ‘Saturday Night Live’, hosting the show just over a year after being involved in a fatal car accident which killed his best friend and left him fighting for his life. The comedian showed he is well and truly back as he hosted the long-running sketch show, with a little help from his ’30 Rock’ pals.

Tracy MorganTracy Morgan has made his return to live TV, hosting ‘SNL’.

"People are wondering, 'Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity? But the truth is, I never did! I might actually be a few points higher now,” Morgan said, opening the show.

"I'm back. It feels so good to be here. If you didn't see it on the news, I was in a terrible car crash a year ago. It was awful. But it also showed me how much love and support I have in this world."

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The 39 year old then described a fictional 2012 episode of ’30 Rock’ in which his character Tracy Jordan nearly died. "I already knew how much they cared for me from a very special episode of 30 Rock," Morgan said.

Morgan’s ’30 Rock’ co-stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer and Jane Krakowski then appeared to act out a scene from the fake episode. "My good friend Dr. Rand Paul says Tracy technically died for seven minutes after trying to gnaw and artificially inseminate his box jellyfish," Baldwin said as his ’30 Rock’ character Jack Donaghy.

"Who would have thought Tracy's disgusting fantasies and his love of exotic marine life would combine in such a tragic way?" Fey as Liz Lemon added. But after the sketch Fey paid tribute to her friend saying, "This is no joke. We're so happy you're okay. We're even happier you're ready to make people laugh again.”

Morgan, who worked on ‘SNL’ for eight seasons between 1996 to 2003 also brought back some of his most memorable characters from the sketch show, including animal expert Brian Fellow and Astronaut Jones.

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For the Astronaut Jones sketch Morgan was joined by this week’s musical guest, Demi Lovato, who played an alien. In the skit Jones was stranded on Mars where he encountered Lovato as the alien and told her to "take that butt out of that space suit.”

The ‘SNL’ hosting gig is the latest step for Morgan, who has been gradually getting back to work in recent months. Last month he appeared at the Emmy awards and earlier this week he made his return to live stand-up with a gig at New York's Comedy Cellar.