Saturday Night Live Makes Morgan’s Veteran Dad Laugh

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Former Saturday Night Live star Tracy Morgan thanked the U.S. comedy show for helping his father laugh after serving in the military during the Vietnam War.

The Comedian has a long-run the comedy and was one of its breakout stars during seven seasons on SNL. However, his relationship with the show began much earlier, even before he was hired in 1996.

In an interview with Queen Latifah on her talk show on Tuesday, April 15th, Tracy talked about SNL, especially its impact on his father, Jimmy Morgan after he came home from the war in the 1970s.

He explained, “You gotta understand – my father went to Vietnam. When he came back, he hadn’t laughed much. But in 1975, we watched Saturday Night Live, and my father fell out.”

“My dad died in 1989. So when I became a cast member, I told (executive producer) Lorne Michaels, ‘Thank you for making my dad laugh again.’”

In 2009, he was invited to host the show six years after he has left SNL. It was another milestone in his vast career.

He then said:

“It was really special just to be asked. Then to go back and host it, that was dedicated to him (dad). But that was difficult at that time because that’s when my kidneys started to fail. So I was sick. But nothing was going to stop me from hosting Saturday Night Live.”

Tracy had to miss out on the making of episodes of hit sitcom 30 rock in 2010, due to kidney transplant.

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