10. Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive
Coming to Netflix: May 16, 2017
Let’s address the elephant in the room: the most common reason why people know the name “Tracy Morgan” today is because of the 2014 car crash that nearly killed him. It’s unfortunate, because these same people don’t realize that Tracy Morgan is one of the funniest SNL alumni in history. Yet, what makes Staying Alive make our list of one of the 15 Netflix comedy specials we strongly advise you to check out is the fact that it’s both self-deprecating and poignant at the same time.
Over the past three years, Morgan has gone through a lot as a result of the devastating crash: he’s had to learn how to walk – and talk – again. He’s had to deal with the death of his friend, James McNair, who was also in the car with him at the time of the accident. He’s even had to suffer through a series of traumatic brain injuries that compromised his quality of life. The fact that he can laugh at all, after all of this, is a marvel onto itself. But don’t cry for Tracy Morgan too much: in the process of recovery, he fell in love with his physical therapist…and yes, he talks about that, too.